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[317] and Capt. W. N. Parrish was promoted lieutenant-colonel ‘for gallant conduct on the field.’ After the battle of Corinth, the Seventeenth and Twenty-first (Colonel McCarver's regiment) were consolidated. Col. Jordan E. Cravens, of Clarksville, who was a private in Company G, was elected colonel of the consolidated regiment, which was thereafter known as the Twenty-first, and assigned to duty at Vicksburg. It took part in the battle of Black River Bridge, May 17, 1863, and endured the siege of Vicksburg until the capitulation of Pemberton, July 4, 1863. Colonel Cravens was captured at the Big Black and, with the other officers, was sent a prisoner to Johnson's island. Colonel Cravens became circuit judge and representative in Congress; Colonel Pitman, circuit judge and State senator; Capt. B. B. Chisom, secretary of State; F. J. Spurlin, private, who lost a leg, was many years treasurer of Garland county; Col. O. P. Lyles became representative in Congress.

The Seventeenth Arkansas, of the northwestern part of the State (not the regiment organized for Colonel Lemoyne, but one formed in the vicinity of Fort Smith), was first commanded by Col. Frank Rector and Lieut.-Col. John Griffith, and took part in the battle of Elkhorn Tavern. It was reorganized at Tupelo, Miss., by the election of Col. John Griffith, Lieutenant-Colonel Dodson and Maj. B. F. Jett. The latter brought to the organization a company from Hempstead county, in the Southwest. The company commanders were: Company A, Capt. Cliff Thompson; Company B, Captain Van Hoose; Company C, Capt. E. D. Jett; Company D, Capt. David Arbuckle; Company E, Capt. Ed Adams. The regiment took part in the battles of Iuka and Corinth. It was ordered to the defense of Port Hudson, and consolidated with the Eleventh Arkansas, Col. John Griffith being placed in command of the consolidated regiment. It endured the siege of Port Hudson, upon the fall of which, July 9, 1863, the men were paroled. The officers were sent to prison,

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