of Port Hudson
during the siege of that place.
The Twelfth surrendered with the rest when that place capitulated, and many of them were again prisoners of war, July 9, 1863. Adjt. W. L. Hemingway
and Capt. H. L. W. Johnson
, besides many of its men, were killed in the siege.
became lieutenantcol-onel, Capt. T. C. Smith
, and Lieut. John R. Thornton
succeeded Adjutant Hemingway
. . . . Upon the capitulation, the non-commissioned officers and men of the garrison were paroled, but the officers were sent as prisoners of war to Johnson
's island, among them Adjt.-Gen. John R. Fellows
, of Camden
was originally from New York, and subsequently became district attorney of the city of New York
He, with General Beall
, sustained a long and painful imprisonment.
Fellows resisted all importunities of relatives that he ‘take the oath.’
The Fifteenth Arkansas was given the number of Cleburne
's old regiment.
The latter was distinguished by the addition ‘Confederate.’
It was organized at Camden, Ark.
, in 1861, with the following officers: Col. James Gee
, Lieut.-Col. John C. Wright
, Maj. P. Lynch Lee
, Benjamin W. Johnson
, adjutant; Company A, Captain Proctor
; Company B, Capt. H. Purefoy
; Company C, Capt. John C. Wright
(elected lieutenant-colonel in the reorganization; L. W. Matthews
was elected captain of Company C); Company D, Capt. Frank Jordan
; Company E, Captain Ferguson
; Company F, Capt Alex. Byrne
. Four of the companies were taken from the early regiment commanded by Col. Marsh Walker
when he was promoted brigadier-general.
Before its completion as a regiment, six companies were sent to the defense of Fort Henry
on the Tennessee river
, and thence were transferred to the garrison at Fort Donelson
on the Cumberland
, twelve or fifteen miles distant. At the assault by Grant
with army and navy on Fort Donelson
, they were distinguished for their valor.