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[308] above New Orleans, and spent the following winter in that vicinity in protecting the Jackson & Great Northern railroad, until ordered to the defense of Port Hudson. It had just previously taken part in the battles of Baton Rouge and Ponchatoula against forces under General Banks from New Orleans. The Ninth assisted in defending Port Hudson against the Federal gunboats during a siege of several months, when, after the fall of Vicksburg, its garrison was compelled to surrender, July 9, 1863. It was not extended the terms granted to the garrison at Vicksburg, the men being paroled, but the officers sent as prisoners to Johnson's island. Gen. W. N. R. Beall, commander of the garrison, and his staff, were sent to prison. After it was exchanged, the Ninth subsequently engaged in the battles and skirmishes of Price's raid in Missouri, in October, 1864.

The Eleventh Arkansas infantry was organized in Saline county, July, 1861. Jabez M. Smith, of Benton, was elected colonel; Mark Miller, lieutenant-colonel; James T. Poe, major, and William R. Selridge, first lieutenant Company E, was chosen adjutant. The colonel, lieutenant-colonel and major-elect were captains, and the company officers after the election were: Company A, Capt. M. D. Vance, First Lieut. Jasper Shepherd. Company B, Capt. W. T. Douglas, First Lieut. Claiborne Watkins (brother to Anderson Watkins, killed at Atlanta), Second Lieut. M. E. Wills. Company C, Capt. James D. Burke, First Lieut. Alfonso Curl (vice J. B. Hall, deceased), Second Lieut. H. W. Boughton, Third Lieut. R M. Riddle. Company D, Capt. A. A. Crawford, First Lieut. James Cleft, Second Lieut. John Rye, Third Lieut. Elisha Ritter. Company E, Capt. J. E. Moss, First Lieut. W. R. Selridge, Second Lieut. P. S. Selridge, Third Lieut. F. J. Eddy. Company F, Captain Mooney, First Lieutenant Gregory, Second Lieutenant Grant, Third Lieut. L. H. Kemp. Company G, Capt. John L. Logan, First Lieutenant

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