weeks, when General Hardee
was ordered to make transfer of the State
organizations to the Confederate States
In making these transfers nearly all the regiments lost one or more companies.
The Seventh transferred with the loss of 17 men only, who refused to enlist as ‘Confederate troops.’
Capts. C. C. Straughan
, of Company G, and James F. Archer
, of Company H, retired, and Captain Warner
succeeded the former, Captain Blackburn
the latter, in command of these companies, respectively.
The regiment was ordered to Pitman's Ferry, where it was drilled and disciplined by General Hardee
in person until, about the last of August, General Hardee
marched it by land to Point Pleasant, Mo.
, on the Missouri river
, and thence transported it by boat to Columbus, Ky.
it was ordered to Bowling Green
, in October, where it was assigned to the division commanded by Gen. S. B. Buckner
Under General Hardee
, as division commander, it was part of the Third Arkansas brigade, made up of the Seventh (Shaver
's), Eighth (Kelly
's), a battalion of the Ninth Arkansas (Bradley
's), and the Nineteenth Tennessee (Allison
's), commanded by Col. R. G. Shaver
The brigade remained at Bowling Green
until February, 1862, when that place was evacuated, Shaver
's brigade guarding the rear, being shelled by the artillery of Buell
's advance while the last trains of stores were being loaded.
On leaving, Colonel Shaver
, by order of Colonel Hardee
, burned the depot and took down the telegraph wires.
It was during the worst month in that climate, with rain and snow and the thermometer at night below zero, when this retreat was made.
The Seventh was caused to stand to arms all night by a report that a large force of Buell
's army was on its heels, which turned out to be Helm
's Kentucky cavalry coming in the rear by an unexpected order of march.
, at Nashville
, dispatched General Shaver
that the enemy's cavalry was advancing upon his rear.
This was made known to Gen. Dan Wood
, of Alabama
, who had taken