When Adams' regiment was disbanded, following the battle of Prairie Grove, all of the soldiers -- present and absent -- were ordered to report for duty in Shaler's 27th Arkansas. I haven't tallied up the numbers of those who showed up for work, but my sense is that less than half actually ended up serving in the 27th Arkansas. A fairly large number of absentees formed the basis of Harrell's 17th Arkansas Battalion Cavalry. They were mustered into service in the new battalion in March 1863.
Right now I'm up to my elbows completing some old research on some regimental consolidations. As you can imagine, it's hard to stay focused amid all the confusion of consolidated companies, battalions and regiments, supernumerary officers, etc. I'm currently involved with the consolidation of McCarver's 14th Arkansas and Lemoyne's 17th Arkansas into Cravens' 21st Arkansas. I may take a breather after that, and get caught up with the message board.