In July 1862, authorities became aware of a “wide spread” plot involving mass desertion. Is anyone aware of companies other than Company K, 26th Arkansas, walking out en masse from Camp Rust, or anywhere else?
From Major General T.C. Hindman’s report:
“At length, Col. A. (Allison) Nelson discovered and reported to me a wide-spread conspiracy to disband and go home. He ascertained that there was a regular organization for this purpose, and that a badge was adopted by the members for distinguishing each other. Within a few hours after this discovery a signal-gun was fired in the camp of an Arkansas regiment, and 60 men, headed by two lieutenants, deliberately marched away, with their arms and accouterments. Orders to arrest them were not executed.”
O.R., Vol, 13, Chapter XXV, Page 38