It occupied this advanced position until the fall of Fort Donelson
, when it returned with the balance of the army under Gen. A. S. Johnston
, Miss. Brig.-Gen. W. J. Hardee
having been promoted to major-general, Col; T. C. Hindman
, of the Second Arkansas, was promoted to brigadier-general, and held command until he was made major-general, when Col. R. G. Shaver
was placed in command of the brigade and led it gallantly at the bloody battle of Shiloh
, General Hindman
commanding the division.
was evacuated, the brigade retreated to Tupelo, Miss.
, where it remained until the latter part of July, 1862.
Then the regiment was sent to Chattanooga
with General Bragg
, and from there on the Kentucky
It was present when 4,500 Federals surrendered at Munfordville, Ky.
, and was in line at Perryville
, where Adjt. Sampson Harris
, of Company A, was mortally wounded.
Sergt. W. W. Carter
, of Company A, was promoted to lieutenant and succeeded Lieutenant Harris
Before the regiment left Corinth, Miss.
, about 200 of the Twelfth Arkansas regiment were organized into two companies and placed in the Sixth.
In December, at Shelbyville
, they were sent back to their own regiment, which had been exchanged.
This reduced the Sixth considerably, and it was consolidated with the Seventh Arkansas infantry, about December 15, 1862.
The regiment was engaged in the battle of Murfreesboro
, December 31, 1862, and January 1 and 2, 1863; and in the spring advanced to Bellbuckle, where it remained until June 24, 1863, when it was hastily ordered to the front to Liberty Gap, where it found the Fifth Arkansas struggling with a large force.
It retreated from middle Tennessee
to south of Tennessee river
, went into camp at Chickamauga station
, a few miles from Chattanooga
, and remained there until about the 1st of September, when Bragg
began maneuvering for the battle of Chickamauga
The regiment was engaged, actually, or in line of battle, all through the Georgia