Re: 38th Arkansas Infantry Regiment
My GGgrandfather, Davidson Holley was 43 years old when his name appears on the organzational roster at Pocahontas Arkansas, on July 8, 1862. (38th Ark. Inf. Reg.) Conscription laws at the time was that "every able bodied man 18-35" was to serve. Would Davidson have been rejected because of his age? Did they accept volunteers regardless of age? Would Davidson, had he been rejected, been recruited by Thomas Hindman? Hindman sough out these men to use as wirecutters. barn burners. harrassing river traffic etc. Davidson journeyed some 200 miles from Barry Co. Missouri so I believe he intended to serve in some capacity. I wonder if the men recruited at Pocahontas could have been simply a list of partisan groups since there is little information given about the individuals? Seems had Davidson Holly been present he would have given his full name instead of "D. Holly". Also, when, with the departure of Thomas Hindman, was General Order # 17 rescinded?