The company marched to Mound City
, above Memphis
, where, on May 14th, it was united with other companies in the formation of a regiment of infantry, of which Captain Cleburne
was elected colonel, J. K. Patton
, and J. T. Harris
L. H. Mangum
was made adjutant of the regiment.
It was the First regiment of infantry, State troops, but subsequently, upon the transfer of the State
troops to the Confederate States
service, according to the date of such transfer, it was numbered the Fifteenth Arkansas infantry, provisional army of the Confederate States
, although in the unavoidable confusion consequent upon a change of enumeration, another—Col. Jas. Gee
's Camden regiment—was given the same number.
In July, 1861, Gens. Gideon J. Pillow
and M. Jeff Thompson
were projecting movements from New Madrid upon the Federal
forces at Bird's Point
, Cape Girardeau
and St. Louis
, and eagerly importuning General Hardee
to cooperate with them in their enterprises.
Learning that the Federals
had left Ironton
for Greenville, Mo.
, General Hardee
advanced to the latter place early in August, with 1,000 infantry and 250 cavalry and a battery of artillery, to meet them.
They, learning of his approach, retired to Ironton
He planned an attack on Ironton
, but Thompson
failed to cooperate.
About the 12th, Colonel Borland
He was determined to hold his position in Missouri
. Maj.-Gen. Leonidas Polk
, commanding Department No. 2, and given charge of military operations in Arkansas
, August 2d, sustained Hardee
in this determination for a time, and requested Pillow
to abandon New Madrid and join Hardee
in aggressive operations in Missouri
But on August 26th, Polk
to retire to the river at Point Pleasant
, and said he would advise abandoning the line altogether if it were not for the saltpeter mines on White river
approved this and declared that, in the event of a campaign against Memphis
, ‘he ’