Re: Information on Coleman
I am excited that you are a Coleman fan too! My information and yours is a good match. Colonel Coleman has been a challenge to research because of so much conflicting and overlapping of sparse records. According to Colonel Coleman's obituary and interview in the Confederate Veteran, Colonel Coleman started his Military service, by serving in the Mexican War with the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Best that I can tell, Colonel Coleman was assigned as a Battalion commander in Wingo's Calvary Division, and then served as Adjutant of the Division. According to George Martin, General Hindman cashiered Colonel Coleman from Confederate Service in 1862. Shortly after being cashiered, Colonel Coleman returned to Carter County, Missouri and recruited heavily among his former MSG soldiers to form Coleman's Missouri Calvary Regiment. It is apparent from the rosters (compiled from individual service records) he had many of the same men as the roster of the 4th Missouri Calvary. Several of these men were from Arkansas, (including Captain Wiley C Jones, who was the Commander of a Company in Coleman's 4th Cav) were engaged at the McKinney farm west of Smithville on June 17 1862. apparently, the Regiment operated for sometime without formal recognition, until the summer 0f 1864, and it was granted in July 1864 offical status as a Partisan Ranger Regiment (Independent Calvary Command) under the Missouri Partisan Ranger Act of 1862. It was only an official independent command for a few months, before the reorganization of commands for Price's Raid in Missouri occurred in August - October 1864 timeframe. At some point several of the previously independent Calvary regiments, battalions, and companies were organized into new commands. W.O. Coleman was formally assigned as the commander of the 46th Arkansas (Crabtree's), while several of the former Coleman's officers and men (ie Captain Jones) were reassigned to other regiments such as the 45th. after Price's Raid, Colonel Coleman reverted to using the Coleman's Regiment MO Cav designation, but I am not aware of any orders or directives to that effect. I am not sure if he kept the 46th Arkansas intact, or if he reorganized back into the Partisan Command using men from both. apparently he operated under this directive until the formal surrender.