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3rd Arkansas Infantry (CSA), US Civil War

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  • James C. Drake (CSA) (c.1835 - 1864)
    James Charles Drake was the great grandfather of Charles Hardin Holley, known in the entertainment world as Buddy Holly . Private in Co E, 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment, CSA. Wounded at Helena, AR and...


3rd Arkansas Infantry

3rd Arkansas, or 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment (May, 1861-April 12, 1865) was a Confederate Army regiment during the American Civil War, and the most celebrated unit from that state. Formed and initially commanded by Colonel Albert Rust, and later falling under the command of Colonel Van H. Manning, the regiment was part of the Army of Northern Virginia serving under General Robert E. Lee. The regiment served for the duration of the war, from the late months of 1861 through to the Surrender at Appomattox Court House in 1865. They were the only Arkansas regiment to serve the entire war in the east, where most of the major battles were fought. They were also the only Arkansas regiment to initially sign up for the duration of the war, with all other regiments from that state signing on for a one year enlistment. Another Arkansas regiment, the 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, would later, near the end of the war, sign extended "three year or the duration of the war" enlistments.

Campaigns and Battles of the Third Arkansas Infantry

Operations on Cheat Mountain, West Virginia, September 11-17, 1861.

Skirmish, Elkwater, West Virginia, September 11, 1861.

Skirmish, Point Mountain Turnpike, West Virginia, September 11-12, 1861.

Skirmish, Petersburg, West Virginia, September 12, 1861.

Engagement, Greenbrier River, Cheat Mountain, West Virginia, October 3-4, 1861.

Operations in the Valley District and against Romney, West Virginia, November 26,
1861 to February 21, 1862.

Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks), Virginia, May 31 to June 1, 1862.

Skirmish, Gill’s Bluff, Virginia (Company F), June 20, 1862.

Seven Days Battles, Virginia, June 25 to July 1, 1862.

Engagement, Turkey Bridge (Malvern Cliff), Virginia, June 30, 1862.

Campaign in Northern Virginia (Second Bull Run Campaign), August 16 to
September 2, 1862.

Maryland Campaign, September 3-19, 1862.

Siege, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, September 13, 1862.

Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg), Maryland, September 16-17, 1862.

Action, Bolivar Heights, West Virginia, September 19, 1862.

Operations in Loudoun, Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties, Virginia, October 26 to November 10, 1862.

Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 12-15, 1862.

Siege, Suffolk, Virginia, April 11 to May 4, 1863.

Skirmish, Somerton Road, Virginia, April 15, 1863.

Skirmish, Somerton Road, Virginia, April 20, 1863.

Action, Edenton Road, Suffolk, Virginia, April 24, 1863.

Gettysburg Campaign, June 3 to August 1, 1863.

Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1863.

Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, September 19-21, 1863.

Siege, Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 24 to November 1, 1863.

Campaign, Knoxville, Tennessee, November 4 to December 23, 1863.

Siege, Knoxville, Tennessee, November 17 to December 4, 1863.

Assault, Forts Saunders and Loudoun, Knoxville, Tennessee, November 29, 1863.

Operations about Dandridge, Tennessee, January 16 to January 17, 1864.

Operations about Dandridge, Tennessee, January 26-28, 1864.

Wilderness Campaign, May 4 to June 12, 1864.

Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, May 5-7, 1864.

Battles of Spotsylvania Court House, Laurel Hill, Ny River and Fredericksburg Road, Virginia, May 8-21, 1864.

Assault of the Salient, Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, May 12, 1864.

Operations on the line of the North Anna River, Virginia, May 22-26, 1864.

Operations on the line of the Pamunkey River, Virginia, May 26-28, 1864.

Operations on the line of the Totopotomoy River, Virginia, May 28-31, 1864.

Battles about Cold Harbor, Virginia, June 1-12, 1864.

Assault, Petersburg, Virginia, June 15, 1864.

Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865.

Assault, Petersburg, Virginia, June 18, 1864.

Engagements at Deep Bottom (Darbytown), Strawberry Plains and New Market Road, Virginia, June 27-29, 1864.

Engagements at Deep Bottom, New Market Road and Darbytown Road, Virginia, August 13-20, 1864.

Engagement, Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road, Virginia, October 27-28, 1864.

Appomattox Campaign, March 28 to April 9, 1865.

Assault and capture, Petersburg Lines, Virginia, April 2, 1865.

Surrender, Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865.

History of the 3rd Arkansas Infantry

Wikipedia: 3rd Arkansas Infantry

3rd Arkansas Infantry Field and Staff Officers

3rd Arkansas Infantry Company Rosters

Wikipedia: Texas Brigade

3rd Arkansas at Devil's Den

Texas Brigade Gettysburg Monument