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7th Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment
(The Bloody Seventh)

The 7th Arkansas Volunteer Infantry was raised by Colonel Robert Glenn “Fighting Bob” Shaver in the spring and summer of 1861.  Men enlisted from White, Jackson, Randolph, Izard, Fulton, Lawrence, Marion, and Independence counties in north western Arkansas.  They were mustered into service at camp Shaver near Bettis Bluff, Arkansas.  At Muster, the regiment contained over 1,200 Officers and men.  During the first few month of the war, the regiment was called “The Ragged Seventh” because of their ragged civilian clothing and rough appearance. 

The regiment saw service at Columbus and Bowling Green in Kentucky, and on the evacuation of the latter place by General Albert Sidney Johnston in February of 1862, the 7th acted as the rear guard. 

At Shiloh, Shaver was the brigade commander.  The 7th attacked with Lieutenant Colonel Deane in command and the Field Music (Fifes and Drums) Playing “Granny, will Your Dog Bite?”   Colonel Shaver had four horses shot from under him and was badly wounded by a shell on the second day of the fight.  They also went into Shiloh armed with flintlocks and shotguns.  They were re-armed with M1863 Enfields that were captured.  After Shiloh, the regiment became forever known as “The Bloody Seventh”.  They were down to 300 men by the time of the battle of Perryville 6 months later.

Casualties of the 7th Arkansas Infantry at Perryville

LAST

 FIRST

 MIDDLE

RANK

 AGE

Co.

Date of Death

REMARKS

BISHOP

JOSEPH

 

PVT

19

F

 

Captured

CALAHAN

JOHN

 

PVT

?

C

 

Wounded

DUVINE

LEVY

M.

PVT

?

C

 

Wounded and Captured

FLEMMING

JOHN

H.

PVT

22

K

 

Captured at Harrodsburg on October 10, 1862

FLOURNOY

HENRY

C.

PVT

?

B

 

Wounded and Missing

HALE

F.

M.

COR

23   

E

01/18/1863

Hospital roll says "F.M. Hate"

HARVILLE

ISHAM

 

PVT

20

E

 

Captured at Harrodsburg on October 10, 1862

KEENEY

PATRICK

 

PVT

?

C

10/08/1862

Killed in Action

MURPHREE

B.

B.

PVT

23

G

 

Captured at Harrodsburg on October 10, 1862

SIMANOE

JAMES

 

PVT

22

A

 

Captured at Harrodsburg on October 10, 1862

STRICKLING

THOMAS

 

PVT

22

G

 

Captured at Harrodsburg on October 10, 1862

THOMAS

JOHN

 

PVT

22

F

 

Captured at Harrodsburg on October 10, 1862

TRANER

JAMES

E.

PVT

33

K

 

Captured at Harrodsburg on October 11, 1862

VanMETER

J.

W.

SGT

24

K

 

Captured at Harrodsburg on October 10, 1862

WRIGHT

J.

W.

PVT

23

G

 

Captured at Danville on October 15, 1862

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Count:      15

      Other Members of the 7th Arkansas Regiment from the Roster

Field and Staff

D. L.  Gillespie, Colonel
J.T. Martin, 26, Major
S.W. Brown, Surgeon
J.W. Martin, Captain
John D. Sprigg, 27, 1st Lieutenant (Commissary)
John Horn, 21, 2nd Lieutenant (Adjutant)
John A. Hill, 25, 2nd Lieutenant
John Williams, Chaplain
G.W. Williams, Sergeant Major
Thad D. Kinnan, 21, Quartermaster Sergeant

Company A

S.C. Brown, 23, Captain
W.H. Dunn, 20, 2nd Lieutenant
James Hall, 24, 1st Sergeant
M. McDamarold, Sergeant
William M. Woolly, 21, Sergeant (Wounded at Shiloh)
B.G. Hite, 21, Corporal
Thomas Abernathy
James B. Bibb, 21
John Chism, 40 (Born in White County Tennessee)
Thomas A. Crow, 21
William Davidson, 32
George F. Dixon, 20
West Eldridge, 21 (His brother, Thomas, Deserted from the company on October 1, 1862)
John W. Finney,
Elijah Going, 19
Houston Hale, 21
James Johnson, 23
T.B. Landers, 21
Charles Martin, 23 (Court Martial June 21, 1862)
Morris Murphy, 46 (Born in Ireland, discharged for old age)
James R. Parker, 23
S.T. Payne, 19
J.C. Reed, 23
S.S. Sawyer, 19
James M. Shaver, 23
William H. Thomas, 26
Zebulon Walker, 23 (Got sick and died at Normandy, TN on February 23, 1863)
John W. West, 25
Reuben Wilson, 23
O.D. Young, 39

Company B

George R. Todd, Captain
W. Henry, 1st Lieutenant
W.R. Covey, 1st Sergeant
William R. Cook, Sergeant
Milton B. Clark, Corporal
William D. Mason, Corporal
S.J. Allen
John Beasley
Isaac Campbell
Levi Cartwright
T.G. Clay
James E. Dalton (Captured in University, Tennessee on August 10, 1863; Joined Union Army)
James M. Elliston
John G. Elliston
J. Gammer
James Owen W. Gilbert
John Gilliam
Alexander Halpan
E.E. Heffington
Robert Johnson
John J. Kemp, 19
John Lancaster
George W. Lynxwiler
William D. Mason
Samuel McNorton, 33
William Minton, 31 (Born in Kentucky)
John Norris
William D. Page
Charles H. Primm
J.E. Ross
P.A. Shuford
Giles Skelton
William D. Stewart, 22
James F. Tottey
James J. Vinson
J.R. Wallace
P. Wardro
P.M. Williamson
 

Company C

Willis E. Wilkerson, Captain
Isaac Jones, 2nd Lieutenant
James T. Gordon, 38, Sergeant (Born in Kentucky)
Byron O. Mims, Sergeant
John Cooper, Corporal
John G. Lynch, Corporal
Robert Adams
Ansom Bagwell
William H. Bridges
D.C. Chapman, 26, (Born in Kentucky)
James Cooper, 37 (Born in Tennessee)
Bazil Dugan
James W. Farmer
William F. Furgeson
George W. Groce
James P. Hains
John P. Hayes
William D. Jourdon (Court Martial)
F.M. Lemaster (Court Martial)
James Magill
Hector Mclane
James Morgan
William L. Nolen
John W. Ray
Mark M. Ritter
Benjamin Shoemaker
D.C. Smothers
John Vensant
John West
Benjamin White
 

Company D

 

William A. Dawson, 22, Captain
E.F. Bevens, 1st Lieutenant
T.B. Gay, Sergeant
F.L. Huddlesotn, 25, Sergeant
D.R. Campbell, 34, Corporal
S.W. Scandlan, 19, Drummer
Monroe Parsley, 22, Fifer
John Adair
Vance Anderson, 24 (Born in Tennessee)
J.R. Beavers
Elijah Birk, 19 (Deserted December 26, 1863)
John M. Casey, 24
J.L. Crabtree, 22
Stephen Dupee, 27
John Fipps, 36 (Born in Tennessee, Discharged Christmas Day, 1862)
John Gardner, 24 (Deserted on January 12, 1864)
R.L. Gibbins, 24
T.B. Hail, 20 (Was a Druggist)
J.F. Hudson, 24
E.F. Johnson, 21
William Kesler, 22
Joseph King, 20
Jonathan Lasaster, 45
G.W. Marcum, 25
J.T. Mathews, 19
J.T. Osbon, 31
Parsley Bethel, 21
J.H.A. Puckett, 22
L.M. Richardson, 33
W.J. Smith, 19
William Sutton, 20
R.M Wann, 25
William Wirt, 23

Company E

Rufus S. Brown, Captain
F. Jones, 2nd Lieutenant
Robert W. Eckols, 36, 1st Sergeant
G.W. Williams, 34, Sergeant
S.J. Byron, 46, Corporal (Born in Kentucky)
J.J. Smith, 32, Corporal (Court Martial on January 30, 1864)
James Baresto, 23
John Booker
Charles Chaneybury, 39
A.G. Cook, 20
M.S. Copeland, 20
E.M. Dickerson
H.H. Durrum, 22
James L. Foster, 19 (Deserted January, 1864)
J.R. Graves, 29
Charles Griffin
W.L. Holcomb, 19
J.K. Hoover, 33
Thomas Jernigan, 19
A.O. Jones, 23
James Killingsworth, 36 (Born in Knox County, Tennessee)
Thomas Kizer
Thomas Lewelling, 20
J.J. Matheny, 33
J.M. Moore, 30
W.F. Nelson, 24
T.B. Padgett, 21
John Perry, 24
A.W. Robertson, 28
W.D. Rutledge, 22
Jacob Spangler, 26
R.L. Teague, 20
George D. Vanhorn, 22
C.E. Wade, 22
W.E. Wammack, 29
T.T. Ward, 19
G.C. Webb, 19 (Substitute for W.A. Webb)
George W. Wilson
 

Company F

 

T.J. Mellon, 36, Captain
A.N. Cain, 1st Lieutenant
George W. Morley, 21, 1st Sergeant
J.J. McGuire, 23, Sergeant
James McGuire, 19, Corporal
Joseph B. Vinson, 22 Corporal (Deserted September 9, 1863)
J.M. Baylor
J.W.P. Boggs, 28
John F. Cleaver
J.W. Collier, 45
William Coward, 20
John H. Davis, 19
James Dennison, 24
Thomas Furgeson, 18
J.M. Gibson, 19 (Died by drowning, date and location unknown)
Jacob Hayes, 24
James Hunt, 22
John Jewel, 24
James Kelley, 20 (Deserted on May, 25, 1864)
Joseph Kincade, 28
George Lewis (Wounded at Shiloh)
A. McMullen, 25
D.C. Moore, 32
Joseph Oliver, 30
Thomas Osborn, 21 (Born in Tennessee)
George Phelps, 23
Granison Pruyear, 24
J.T. Robinson
William Rogers, 24
John Ross, 22
Lehman Smith, 22
James Stull, 20 (Court Martial June 17, 1862)
Josiah Stull, 17 (Born in Kentucky)
R.J. Taylor, 23
James Tyler, 22
D. Vasser, 26
James Vinson, 29
George W. Wilson, 19
William Woodall, 22
Newton Wyse, 29 (Private and Surgeon)
 

Company G

 

Gainum Brightwell, Captain
W.E. Brightwell, 2nd Lieutenant
Scott R. Bonham, 31, 1st Sergeant
W.N. Webber, 21, Sergeant (Got sick and died December 26, 1862)
Frank Campbell, 18, Corporal (Wounded at Shiloh)
W.A. Haliburton, 19, Corporal
R.N. Adrian
Jesse Bettes, 23
John C. Boyd
James Brightwell, 20
A.M. Childress, 19
J.P. Cook, 22
John W. Copeland, 22
John G. Engles, 23
W.W. Gibson
W.W. Hancock, 22
J.W. Harmon, 25
J.W. Hatfield, 19
Ivy Manley, 30
J.W. Jackson, 20
Joseph Kanard, 19
Jesse Knight, 21 (Born in Tennessee)
Reubin Martin, 19 (Wounded at Shiloh)
William McMoody, 32
Samuel Miser, 21
David Patrick, 20
Thomas Pierce, 22
H.L. Roberts, 19
Jasper Shirley, 22
Augustus Smith, 19
Nathan Stafford, 22
Richard Taylor, 20
W.N. Webber, 21 (Got sick and died on December 26, 1862)
C.J. Williams, 19
Rufus Wynkle, 20
 

Company H

D.G. Deason, 39, Captain
Joseph W. Rector, 35, 3rd Lieutenant
Thomas H. Byler, 21, 1st Sergeant
H.B. Chriswill, 24, Sergeant
W.P. Dixon, 25, Corporal
L.M. Stroud, 25, Corporal
Thomas E. Arnold
Zachariah Bird, 24
B.D. Campbell, 21
W.H. Clark, 20
A.H. Dixon, 25
F.M. Gibson, 23 (Wounded at Shiloh)
George W. Gray, 21
G.W. Gunny
James A. Hamilton, 20
F.M. Heathcoat, 21
William D. Hinsen, 43
A.C. Jones, 38
W.R. Kemp, 20
Zachariah Lingo, 19
William Minikin, 33
James H. Nichols, 30
Thomas J. Ray, 23
Christian Risener, 21
William Russell, 27
C.M. Ryan, 20
A.H. Smith, 20
T.W. Tarlton, 24 (Paroled at Camp Dick Robinson on October 25, 1862)
John W. Taylor, 20
Henry Walker, 26
E.J. Ward, 22
John S. Waters, 20
O.L. Wilohoite, 20
John Workman, 22

Company I

Michael V. Shaver, 30, Captain
Milton D. Baber, 1st Lieutenant
William C. Hackworth, 36, Sergeant
Gardner R. Tucker, 23, Sergeant
Nicholas N. McNair, 24, Corporal
Isaac B. Wallingford, 32, Corporal
Joseph Benton, 22
T.H. Birch, 20
William L. Brewer, 24
H.H. Collins, 44
Jonathan Denton, 20
J.H. Fountain, 20
A.E. Golder, 20
David Gray, 19
G.W. Horton, 20 (Wounded at Shiloh)
William R. Hubble, 19
B.D. Isenhower, 22
A.J. Johnson, 19
C.W. Kelley, 19
J.W. Land, 22
William C. Lax, 31
John C. Lewis, 36
Alison Maines, 21
P.C. Martin, 20
William Middleton, 21
Thomas J. Mitchell, 23 (Got sick and died on March 29, 1863)
H.A. Moore, 27
Charles Pellam, 28
Edward Pellam, 19
Eli Pulley, 19
Ervin Randle, 34 (Born in North Carolina)
William Richie, 20
E.J. Rogers, 25
William Sasseen, 21
A.L. Simmons, 24
L.W. Talbot, 19
William M. Tucker, 21
W.C. Walker, 20
J.M. Ware, 22
John A. Wilson, 32
 

Company K

John C. McCauley, 28, Captain
John P. Andrews, 3rd Lieutenant
Thomas P. Wright, 21, 1st Sergeant
James A. McCauley, 19, Sergeant
A. Bullock, 20, Corporal
William P. Eddins, 26, Corporal
Samuel Allen
William Bettie, 22
L.F. Blackwell, 29
R.M. Brooks, 22
J.H. Cartwright, 19
C.A. Chrisco, 21
J.A. Cockrell, 33
D.A. Coleman, 19
A.J. Colwell, 27
George Critz, 19
T.J. Davis, 24 (Wounded at Shiloh)
James M. Dawson, 24
David Dodd, 19
G.M. Ethridge, 24
F.C. Faulkner, 22
Milton Gravley, 29
P.M. Harrick, 27
P.W. Harrison, 19
A.J. Huey, 25
W.A. Irwin, 22 (Born in Alabama)
M. Kuhn, 21
A.G. Lee, 22
John P. Low, 22
B.F. Martin, 24
G.W. McGinnis, 29
A.D. McMahan, 20
James Mitchell, 21
D.V. Morgan, 24
John M. Norton, 25
Frederick O’Donald, 31
A.M. O’Quinn, 20
A.G. Patterson, 21
Thomas M. Patterson, 23

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