command of the brigade on the retreat.
refused to wait for the rear guard, and for this reason Colonel Shaver
applied for and secured a transfer of the Seventh to Hindman
The regiment reached Nashville
ten days after the fall of Fort Donelson
, and went thence to Murfreesboro
, where the remnants of Zollicoffer
's command from Fishing creek
had gone into camp.
it went to Decatur
and thence to Courtland, Ala.
, and went into camp at Corinth, Miss.
, to await the concentration there of an army to meet the Federal
It there rested from the exposure and fatigue of the retreat out of Kentucky
Then followed the battle of Shiloh
, where General Shaver
commanded the brigade under General Hindman
. Colonel Shaver
was born in Sullivan county
, east Tennessee
, and came to Arkansas
in 1851, settling at Batesville
and engaging in merchandise.
He was educated at Emory
and Henry college, Virginia
, and had not received any military training.
At the time the war began he was doing business about twenty miles east of Batesville
, in what was then Lawrence
, now Sharp county
He entered with enthusiasm into the raising of troops for the service.
As the Confederate government was very slow about receiving volunteers for the service, Arkansans generally flocked to the State
Col. Robert G. Shaver
is now major-general of the State guard and reserve militia of Arkansas
The Eighth Arkansas regiment was originally organized at Jacksonport
, in the summer of 1861, under command of Col. William K. Patterson
, Lieutenant-Colonel Crouch
and Maj. John Price
, with Surgeon L. H. Dickson
, Asst. Surgeon Gee
, Quartermaster Tom Watson
. Colonel Patterson
was a lawyer of ability of northeast Arkansas
The regiment was transferred to Mississippi
in the concentration of troops there under Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston
, and marched in Shaver
's brigade, under Cleburne
as division commander, to meet the advance of