2nd Arkansas Infantry Regiment

 30 days 1861


Raised at Helena, Arkansas in the spring of 1861 at the expense and under the command of Col. Thomas C. Hindman, former Arkansas congressional representative from Helena. Hindman resigned his Congressional seat upon Arkansas's secession from the Union, and returned home to recruit volunteers for the Confederate army, soon forming a full regiment of which he was elected Colonel. J.W. Bocage was elected as Lt. Col.; J.W. Scaife as major. Charles E. Patterson was appointed adjutant; Dr. Ralph Horner as surgeon; and Rev. Samuel Cowley as chaplain. Company commanders were: Co. A, Cpt. C.A. Bridewell; Co. B, Cpt. Thomas Quinlan; Co. C, Cpt. E. Warfield; Co. D, Cpt. E.G. Brashear; Co. E, Cpt. Anderson; Co. F, Cpt. (later Colonel and Brigadier General) Daniel C. Govan; Co. G, Cpt. B.B. Taliaferro, Co. H, Cpt. R.F. Harvey, and Co. I, Cpt. C.D. Ross.

2nd Infantry Regiment, assembled during the summer of 1861, contained men from Hempstead, Washington, Sebastian, and Crawford counties. The unit was ordered east of the Mississippi River and fought in the Battles of Shiloh, Corinth, and Perryville. It then was assigned to Liddell's and Govan's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. In September, 1863, the 2nd was united with the 15th (Cleburne's-Polk's-Josey's) Regiment, and in December, the 24th joined the consolidated unit. It participated in the many campaigns of the army from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, moved from Hood into Tennessee, and ended the war in North Carolina. This regiment was organized with 742 officers and men, and lost 15 killed, 94 wounded, and 9 missing at Murfreesboro. The 2nd/15th/24th totalled 295 men and 202 arms in December, 1863. At the Battle of Atlanta only the 2nd and 24th were united and this command sustained 130 casualties. Few surrendered in April, 1865. Its commanders were Colonels Daniel C. Govan, T. C. Hindman, J. W. Scaife, and E. Warfield; Lieutenant Colonels Jos. W. Bocage, E. G. Brasher, R. F. Harvey, and Charles Patterson; and Major A. T. Meek.

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