6th Battalion Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 6th Battalion Arkansas Cavalry (also sometimes known as the 1st, Phifer’s, White’s and McNeill’s Battalion) was organized in August 1861 at Pocahontas, Arkansas, originally composed of four Arkansas companies and two Louisiana companies, which were consolidated about April 20, 1862, into two Arkansas companies and one Louisiana company. In May 1862, the battalion was consolidated with the 2nd (Barnett’s) Battalion Arkansas Cavalry and formed the 2nd (Slemons’) Regiment Arkansas Cavalry, pursuant to Special Orders No. 60, Headquarters, Corinth, Mississippi, May 15, 1862.[1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Co. A —“The Monticello Cavalry” of Drew County, Arkansas.
Co. B —“The Drew Light Horse” of Drew County, Arkansas.
Co. C —“The Crittenden Rangers” of Crittenden County, Arkansas.
Co. D —“The Brierfield Rebels” of Carroll Parish, Louisiana.
Co. E —“The Border Rangers” of White County, Arkansas.
Co. F —“The Macon Cavalry” of Madison Parish, Louisiana.[2]

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 78 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Arkansas in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Arkansas in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Tennessee, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861-1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Edward G. Gerdes, 6th Battalion Arkansas Cavalry (Accessed 26 December 2020). © 2001 by Edward G. Gerdes all rights reserved. This information may be used by libraries and genealogical societies, however, commercial use of this information is strictly prohibited without prior permission. If copied, this copyright notice must appear with the information.
  2. Edward G. Gerdes, 4th Battalion of Arkansas Infantry (Accessed 26 December 2020). © © 2000 by Edward G. Gerdes all rights reserved. The above information may be used for non-commercial historical and genealogical purposes only and with the consent of the page owner may be copied for the same purposes so long as this notice remains a part of the copied material.