17th (Rector's-Griffith's) Arkansas
Infantry Regiment










This regiment was raised at Fort Smith, Arkansas on November 17, 1861 under the command of Col. Frank Rector and Lt. Col. John Griffith, and saw its first combat action in the Battle of Pea Ridge on March 7-8, 1862 as part of Hebert's Brigade, McCulloch's Division on the Leetown side of that battlefield. After Pea Ridge, the regiment was transferred to Little's Brigade, Price's Division, and moved with that division to Corinth, Mississippi in April, 1862. Companies A, B, C, and G were left west of the Mississippi River during this move, and were incorporated into the 35th Arkansas Infantry in July, 1862. The regiment was reorganized at Tupelo, MS with the election of Col. John Griffith as regimental commander, and Lt. Col. Dodson and Maj. B.F. Jett. The latter brought to the regiment a company from Hempstead County, in southwestern Arkansas. The company commanders were: Co. A, Cpt. Cliff Thompson; Co. B, Cpt. Van Hoose; Co. C, Cpt E.D. Jett; Co. D, Cpt David Arbuckle; Co. E, Cpt. Ed Adams. The regiment participated in the Corinth campaign in April through June of 1862, and fought in the battles of Iuka (Sept. 19, 1862) and Corinth (Oct. 3-4, 1862). Following the Confederate defeat at Corinth, the regiment was consolidated into a brigade with the 14th, 16th, 18th, and 23rd Arkansas under General Craven; with the survivors of the 17th and 11th Arkansas regiments being consolidated into a single regiment in January, 1863, under the command of Col. Griffith. The regiment was then assigned to the defenses of Port Hudson, Louisiana, where it endured the 48-day-long siege of that position and was surrendered with the rest of the Port Hudson garrison on July 9, 1863. After the surrender, the surviving enlisted men were paroled while the officers were sent north to prison camps at Johnson's Island, thence on to Fort Delaware and Point Lookout, Maryland, where they were imprisoned until the summer of 1865.

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