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[296] was elected a representative to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third congresses from his district after the people overthrew the carpet-bag government. He lent substantial assistance in bringing about that happy result.

The Third Arkansas regiment of infantry was organized at Lynchburg, Va., in June, 1861. When Dr. W. H. Tebbs and Van H. Manning, a lawyer at Hamburg, Ashley county, early in 1861 organized two companies and marched them to Vicksburg, and from there tendered their services to the Confederate States at Montgomery, Ala., the secretary of war refused to accept them. Their officers then went to Montgomery, and by persistent entreaty succeeded at length in securing their admission into the army ‘for the war.’ Captain Manning was an impetuous Southerner, as was Dr. Tebbs, and they had no idea of being refused, but insisted until they obtained marching orders for their little battalion. Manning knew Hon. Albert Rust, then a member of Congress from his district, obtained the assistance of his influence, and as Rust decided to enter the service, Manning urged him to return to his home at Champagnolle, raise eight more companies and follow on to some rendezvous, where they together could organize a regiment for the service ‘during the war.’ Rust did so and joined Manning at Lynchburg, where the regiment was organized, really the ‘First’ regiment from Arkansas, as regular troops of the Confederacy, enlisted for the war. Upon the organization the officers chosen were, Col. Albert Rust, Lieut.-Col. Seth M. Barton, Maj. Van H. Manning, Adjt. Henry A. Butler, Surgeon Joseph Brown, of Union county. Company A, Capt. W. H. Tebbs, of Ashley county; Company B, Captain Capers, of Ashley county; Company C, Capt. T. M. Whittington, of Drew county; Company D, Captain Douglas, of Desha county; Company E, Capt. R. S. Taylor, of Desha county; Company F, Captain Thrasher, of Hot Spring county; Company G, Captain Ruddy, of Union county; Company H, Captain

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