Organized in September, 1863 during Price's Missouri Raid by consolidating the remnants of the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry Regiment (Slemon's) to battalion size under the command of Lt. Col. Elisha L. McMurtrey. Assigned to Slemon's Brigade (later Crawford's) Brigade in Fagan's 1st Arkansas Cavalry Division of Gen'l Sterling Price's cavalry corps on Price's Missouri Raid in September and October of 1864, fighting in the battles of Pilot Knob (MO), Independence, and Marais des Cygnes (KS) along the way. Returned with Price to southwestern Arkansas in November, 1864 and remained in that area for the remainder of the war. Surrendered with General Kirby Smith on May 26, 1865.
Also Known As: McMurtrey's Cavalry Battalion.