I'm researching my GGGrandfather's service; I have his records from the national archives, his Arkansas pension application, and his application for the UDC Southern Cross of Honor.
The record from the national archives states he was a Corporal in Company C, 6th Arkansas Infantry, captured at Chickamauga, and sent to Louisville KY. The record ends with a note "for exchange."
The Arkansas Pension application gives an end of service date as May 1865.
The application for the UDC Southern Cross of Honor states that he was an Orderly Sergeant until May 1865. Note - he was a Corporal in the national archives, and his gravestone says Corporal, yet his UDC application says Orderly Sergeant.
The prison records aren't digitized or indexed, so I haven't looked through those. I wouldn't know where he might have been sent after Louisville. Where were POWs from Chickamauga sent?
So my question is this: given his statement that he was an Orderly Sergeant, and two applications giving May 1865 as the end of service, he apparently continued to serve somewhere with a promotion, yet I cannot find him listed anywhere else.
His father was in the Dallas County Home Guard and fought at Poison Springs and Mark's Mill; there is a family tradition that they fought together, yet I don't really believe it yet. I knew an old woman who knew him as a young girl when he was an old man - she said he escaped.
If he escaped or was exchanged or paroled, would he have been sent back to the 6th Arkansas? Could he have served in the home guard instead? Did these men simply list the end of the war as their end of service even if they were at home or in prison?
Finally - does anyone have the roster of the surrender of the Arkansas First Consolidated Infantry from April, 1865, in North Carolina?
Thanks for any help or advice.