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I had noticed that phenomenon before, but admittedly never put two and two together. I just remember thinking, "Hmmmm....that's weird" in regard to some of the names listed in the report not showing up in the service records.

You know, we almost didn't have the "Report of the Adjutant General" to refer to. When Albert W. Bishop, former lieutenant colonel of the 1st Arkansas Cavalry and then adjutant general of the state, tried to get the report published, the state legislature, which was dominated by former secessionists, refused to do it.

Outraged, Bishop took the report to Washington, D.C., where the Republican controlled Senate ordered this state document to be published by the federal governmentís printing office.

Without this intercession, we likely would not have had this important historical record. All that to say, thanks, Bryan, for bringing these menís service to light. You are a great resource in and of yourself.

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