Leave it to our old friend Bryan to have already solved this!
Adams' Regiment -- Mystery Solved
Date: 9/2/2004, 3:27 pm
I�d like to announce the solution to a long period of detective work.
One of the most obscure Arkansas regiments was Adams� Arkansas Infantry, known as the 3rd Regiment, Northwest Divison, Trans-Mississippi Army (and therefore, erroneously, as the �3rd Arkansas Infantry�). The regiment was mustered into service at Elm Springs on September 12, 1862, and was disbanded just three months later, December 16, 1862, for shameful conduct in the presence of the enemy at Prairie Grove.
The only known regimental records I had previously been able to find are the muster-in roll of Company G, dated September 12, 1862; a final payroll, dated February 26, 1863, covering about 100 men in seven companies; and a postwar letter from Col. Samuel Peel, dated May 8, 1897. Following those leads, some time back I reached the point where I had identified nine of the ten companies, but hit a brickwall in trying to find the elusive Company K.
I finally solved the mystery! Company K was the Carroll County company commanded by Capt. Elbert B. Dawson, which was transferred to Hawthorn�s 39th Arkansas Regiment as (new) Company G, when Adams� Regiment was disbanded. I've found a company roster, which I'll post in the near future, in case anyone is interested in this regiment.
Dawson�s company was organized at Kings River P.O. on September 3, 1862, and was mustered into service at Elm Springs on September 12, for three years or the war.