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Danny, I can't remember if I've posted this before or not, but I thought you might want to add this to your files. What follows is a nice little summary of the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry from July 1861 through December 1862. This summary of service was appended to the Field and Staff muster roll for the November & December 1862 reporting period. Note the hint of sarcasm in Colonel Hobson's reference to Slemons' 2nd Arkansas Cavalry. There was some resentment in his regiment over the fact that Slemons' regiment received a lower numeric designator than Hobson's regiment, even thought the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry had been in service longer.

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General Explanatory Remarks. This Regiment was originally mustered into the Confederate service and organized on the 24th day of July, 1861, for one year. Some of the companies were previously mustered into the State service, but the whole transferred and organized as a regiment on the day above with eight companies with Solon Borland, Colonel, James M. Gee, Lt. Col., D. F. Shall, Maj., and N. D. Holmes, Adjt. Lt. Col. Gee resigned in Sept. 1861, and B. F. Danley succeeded. The regiment was then called 1st Regiment Ark. Mtd. Volunteers. This organization remained the same until the reorganization on the 26th May 1862, except it took the name of 3rd Ark. Cavalry by orders from War Department about 15th January 1862. The present Roster is exhibited from May 26, 1862, the company officers then taking rank from seniority and reelection. After the reorganization 3 other companies from Williamsonís Battalion Infantry were ordered to the Regt. Coís I and K of the present organization remained attached when remounted in Dec. 1862. The other Co. E of Williamsonís Batt. was at that time transferred to Stirmanís 1st Ark. Battalion. The present Co. E was detached by Geníl Hardee in Sept. 1861, was subsequently attached to (so-called) 2nd Ark. Cavalry, Col. Slemons, consolidated with Capt. J. Earleís Co., and finally returned to this Regt. in Jany 1863. This Roster exhibits all changes from the date of reorganization 26th May 1862. Many of the orders for changes and the election returns are lost from the record of the Regt. but should have reached the War Department long since through the regular channels. The Regt. entered Confed. service for 12 months on 29th July 1861. A. W. HOBSON, Col. Com. Regt.

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