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The Tenth Arkansas regiment was organized at Springfield, Conway county, July, 1861, by the appointment of Col. Thomas D. Merrick, a merchant of Little Rock, its commander; Lieut.-Col. S. S. Ford, Maj. Obed Patty. Adjt. Robert C. Bertrand acted as such until February, 1862, when George A. Merrick was made adjutant. The company officers were: Company A, Capt. A. R. Witt, of Van Buren county, First Lieut. W. W. Martin, Second Lieut. C. M. Cargile, Third Lieut. Israel Davis. Company B, Capt. James Venable, First Lieut. John K. Griffith, Second Lieut. Ben F. Jones, Third Lieut. John F. Kirk. Company C, Capt. L. B. Jennings, First Lieut. W. W. Bridges, Second Lieut. F. M. Jackson, Third Lieut. C. Watkins. Company D, Capt. John A. Pemberton, First Lieut. J. F. Foster, Second Lieut. W. C. Rainey, Third Lieut. W. P. Harris. Company E, Capt. E. L. Vaughan, First Lieut. J. N. Culpeper, Second Lieut. W. J. Hardin, Third Lieut. A. K. Livingston. Company F, Capt. R. S. Fears, First Lieut. James A. Henry, Second Lieut. Q. T. Stokely, Third Lieut. Terrell Bryant. Company G, Capt. John B. Miller, First Lieut. James E. Lockard, Second Lieut. Henry J. Gatton, Third Lieut. Edwin Ellis; George A. Merrick succeeded Captain Miller as captain. Company H, Capt. William Wilson, of Perry county, First Lieut. Robert F. James, Second Lieut. Jesse W. Holmes, Third Lieut. Morgan G. Smyers. Company I, Capt. J. W. Duncan, of Conway county, First Lieut. Z. A. P. Venable, Second Lieut. Jefferson Mallett, Third Lieut. E. H. Russell. Company K, Capt. W. S. Hanna, First Lieut. L. F. Ragsdale, Second Lieut. J. C. Barnes. The regiment was transferred to Union City, Tenn., where 150 men died from the effects of measles; thence to Columbus, Ky., and was in General Polk's reserve there when the battle of Belmont took place. Thence they were marched to Bowling Green, Ky., and formed, together with the Ninth Arkansas, Fifth Missouri and Tenth Mississippi regiments, the brigade

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