the heavy guns until they burst or were dismounted, and then led in a sortie in the snow and sleet against the Federal
trenches which were in course of construction in their front.
They took the first line of works, suffering great loss, at least one-fourth of the command.
Capt. Frank Jordan
was among the killed, and Adjt. Ben W. Johnson
among the wounded.
Men and officers were made prisoners by the ‘unconditional surrender.’
The men were sent to Camp Butler, the officers to Fort Warren
. Lieut.-Col. John C. Wright
made his escape, and returning to Arkansas
, was elected colonel of cavalry in the service under General Hindman
, who was organizing the Trans-Mississippi department, and commanded Crawford
's brigade at Mark's Mills.
The other officers were exchanged in 1862, and the regiment was reorganized at Jackson, Miss.
, 1862, under Col. Ben W. Johnson
, Lieut.-Col. P. L. Lee
, Maj. W. E. Steward
, Adjt. J. E. Baker
. . . . The captains on reorganization were: Company A, John Stevenson
; Company B, Joseph Daniels
; Company C, James Franklin
; Company D, John Hubbard
; Company E, Ed Wilson
; Company F, William Walker
; Company G, Albert Reed
; Company H, Wilkerson
; Company I, L. W. Matthews
; Company K, McClung
The regiment after reorganization was sent south to Louisiana
to resist Banks
, and fought in many minor engagements—Cross Landing
, Plum's Store, and with the First Alabama and Thirteenth Mississippi, engaged at Keller's Lane a largely superior force of Federals, which they routed, taking many prisoners and valuable stores.
The regiment was called into the fortifications of Port Hudson
, when attacked by the army and navy of the United States
. Captain Reed
, of Company G, was killed May 29, 1863; Captain Hubbard
, of Company D, was killed.
Within a day or two, Captain Stevenson
died from wounds received.
Capt. E. Wilson
died from concussion of the brain, caused by being struck with a shell.
The regiment, though not serving in the