Thanks, Jim. Capt. William C. Bryant was appointed captain of the Appeal Battery on March 7, 1862. The company was organized and equipped with a battery of four guns (now I know where they came from!) at Corinth, Mississippi, in April 1862.
The Appeal Battery (then under command of Capt. William N. Hogg) was surrendered at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. The battery was exchanged, reorganized and re-equipped with four guns in December 1863, and Capt. Christopher C. Scott assumed command. In 1864 it was redesignated as the 5th Arkansas Field Battery. When the war ended, the battery was equipped with two 12-pounder howitzers and two 6-pounder smoothbore cannons.
Sergt. William F. Avera, a veteran of the Appeal Battery, wrote a short history of the battery back about the turn of the last century. I need to transcribe and post it -- very interesting little narrative.