Company "G" 4th Arkansas Regiment

                 Original Pike County Blues


Recruited July 1861 in Pike County, Arkansas and mustered into service on
August 17, 1861 under the command of Colonel Evander McNair 4th Arkansas
       Name              Rank In       Rank Out            Comments

Andrew J. Alford         Private       Sergeant      Wounded 31 Dec 1862
John M. Alford           Private       Private       Hospital 28 Feb 1863
William D. Alford        Private       Private       Captured 10 Sep 1863
Abraham Baldwin          Private       Jr. 2d Lt     Resigned May 8, 1862
Seaborn H. Barnes        Private       Private       Died 8 October 1862
Thomas H. Bean           Private       Private       Discharged 19 Nov 1862
James F. Black           Captain       Captain       Died 16 January 1862
William E. Bolt          Private       Private       Deserted 9 Jan 1864
James C. Brewer          Private       Private       Druggist Little Rock
Henry L. Brewer          Private       Private       Discharged 10 Jan 1862
William R. Brewer        Private       Private       Nurse Little Rock
Booker D. Brock          4th Srgt      1st Lieut     Resigned 28 July 1864
George R. Brock          Private       Private       Discharged 18 Jul 1862
George W. Brock          Private       Private       Discharged 18 May 1862
Moses K. Brock           Private       Jr. 2d Lt     Captured 17 Dec 1864
John K. Carpenter        Private       Private       Wounded 31 Dec 1862
John N. Clark            Private       Private       Died 10 November 1861
Edward Clingan           Private       Private       Discharged 11 Jun 1862
John A. Coble            Private       Private       Discharged 6 Oct 1861
George W. Coe            Private       Private       Died 9 January 1862
James F. Coker           Private       Private       Died 25 July 1862
Thomas L. Cooper         Private       Private       Discharged 23 Jan 1862
William B. Cosby         Private       Private       Killed 7 March 1862
James A. Craig           Private       1st Sergnt    Transferred June 1862
Francis M. Davis         Private       Private       Left sick June 1863
James W. Davis           Corporal      4th Corpl     Discharged 19 Jul 1862
Richard L. Davis         Private       Private       Wounded 30 August 1862
William H. Delaney       Private       Private       Dishonarable discharge
Jehu C. Farley           Private       Private       Transferred June 1862
Leonard C. Floyd         Private       2d Sergnt     Wounded 7 March 1862
Columbus K. Garner       Private       Private       Wounded 20 July 1864
Robert R. Gentry         Private       Private       Died 21 October 1861
William B. Gould         1st Lieut     Captain       Discharged 25 May 1862
Green Griffin            Private       Private       Transferred June 1862
James E. Griffin         Private       Private       Teamster November 1863
Joseph Grisham           Private       Private       Died 25 May 1862
Henry F. Haynes          Sergeant      3d Sergnt     Died 24 October 1861
James M. Haynes          Private       Private       Prisoner March 1862
Jonathan M. Haynes       Private       Private       Captured 7 March 1862
Thomas J. Haynes *       Private       4th Sergnt    Missing at Chickamauga
Louis M. Henderson       Private       Private       Hospital July 1863
Peter E. Holliday        Private       Private       Captured 10 Sep 1863
Hiram J. Hoover          Private       Corporal      Present 31 Oct 1863
Daniel Huddleston        Private       Private       Absent at Chickamauga
Eli N. Huddleston        Private       Private       Died 5 January 1863
Levi H. Huddleston       Private       Private       Wounded at Corinth
William C. Huddleston    Private       Private       Hospital 6 Jan 1863
William L. Huddleston    Private       Private       Died 7 January 1862
Pleasant H. Hutson       Private       2d Sergnt     Deserted 5 Feb 1864
William H. Hutson        Private       3d Lieut      Tried by GCM cashiered
John W. Johnston         Private       Private       Discharged 6 Oct 1861
Joseph R. Kemp           Private       Corporal      Took oath 7 May 1864
Newton G. Kennedy        Private       Corporal      Died 8 September 1864
Elijah M. Lingo          Private       Private       Died 14 November 1864
James B. Martin *        Private       Private       Left in Arkansas
Burgess A. Mathews       Sergeant      2d Sergnt     Died 20 October 1861
John M. McCullom         2d Lieut      1 Lieut       Resigned 10 Nov 1862
Andrew J. McDonald       Private       Private       Transferred June 1862
Hazarial H. McDonald     Private       Private       Left west Miss river
John C. McLaughlin       Corporal      1st Corpl     Transferred June 1862
James M. McLaugh         Private       Private       Discharged 15 Jun 1865
Joseph McMenis           Private       Private       Discharged 6 Oct 1862
Henry C. Polk            2d Lieut      2d Lieut      Resigned 8 May 1862
Barnett A. Power         Private       Private       Died 26 June 1862
Joseph R. Power          2d Corpl      2d Sergnt     Enlisted 17 Aug 1861
Charles W. Ray           Private       Private       Deserted 7 Nov 1861
William Rhodes           Private       Private       Discharged 6 Oct 1861
William N. Sanford       Private       Private       Hospital 23 Jun 1864
Baalam Self              Private       Private       Deserted 20 Jan 1864
George W. Sevier         1st Srgt      Private       Deserted 18 July 1863
James C. Sevier          Private       Private       Captured 16 Oct 1863
William Southworth       Private       Private       Died 25 May 1862
William N. Stuart        Private       Private       Deserted 15 Aug 1863
Daniel Stringer          Private       Private       Deserted 15 Aug 1863
James M. Vinson          Private       Private       Medal of Honor Killed
Michael Wagner           Private       Private       Deserted 9 Jan 1864
Benjamin Weaver          Private       Private       Deserted 22 July 1863
Eri Webb                 Private       Private       Present 29 Feb 1864
Johnson L. Wesson        Private       Private       Deserted 6 Feb 1864
Harrison White           Private       Private       Died 13 March 1862
James F. White           3d Corpl      2d Lieut      Wounded 31 Dec 1862
Benjamin S. Williams     Private       Private       Deserted 22 July 1863

* Not listed by Edward G. Gerdes

        Additions having enlistment dates after original enlistment

       Name              Rank In       Rank Out            Comments

Jackson Clingan          Private       Private       Enlisted 20 Jan 1862
Robert Jarman            Private       Private       Deserted 6 Feb 1864
Thomas R. McLaughlin     Private       Private       Detached April 1863
Henry D. Moore           Private       Private       Deserted 22 July 1863
Jesse B. Moore           Corporal      Corporal      Deserted 22 July 1863
Taylor Polk              Sr. 2d Lt     2d Lieut      Resigned 22 July 1863

            Not listed by Gammage listed by Desmond Walls Allen

       Name              Rank In       Rank Out            Comments

Francis M. Berry         Private       Private       Company D 4th Ark Inf
A.J. Brown *             Private       Private       2 Arkansas Cavalry      
James W. Cooper          Private       Private       1 Indian Brigade        
William G. Hammock *     Private       Corporal      Wounded 30 Aug 1862
Simeon Hoover            Private       Private       Discharged 25 Jun 1863
William P. Westerman *   Private       Private       Deserted 22 July 1863

* Also listed by Edward G. Gerdes

Military service records indicate Francis M. Berry, private, was enlisted
17 Aug 1861 into Company D, 4th Arkansas Infantry Regiment, at a camp near
Mt. Vernon, Missouri and discharged 14 May 1862.

The Camp, The Bivouac, and the Battle Field, Dr. Washington Lafayette
Gammage, Selma, Alabama, 1864. Reprinted by Arkansas Southern Press, Little
Rock, Arkansas, 1958; Company Report, Company G, 4th Arkansas Regiment,
Desmond Walls Allen, Arkansas Research, Conway, Arkansas, 1992; Edward G.
Gerdes Civil War Page, Company G, 4th Arkansas Regiment.

Washington Lafayette Gammage, Brigade Surgeon, was with the Southwestern,
4th Arkansas Infantry from the time of its first complete organization on
August 17, 1861. He writes, "Company G from Pike County, Arkansas
numbering 88 men was first known as the Pike County Blues." His record of
the Muster Roll of Company G, 4th Arkansas Infantry, includes the name of
W.J. Hamie making 89 men instead of 88. W.J. Hamie is "absent sick at Elk
Horn, present wounded at Richmond, absent sick at Murfreesboro and
captured, died North." Cyrus McRae is named as one of of less than a dozen
veterans of this company in Pike County still living (1890), Biographical
and Historial Memoirs of Southern, Arkansas, Pike County, page 308. James
McGhee is named as one of only four men remaining of this company at the 
surrender, Confederate Biographical Memoranda of Moses K. Brock. They are
not found named in military service records or report for Company G.

                    Letter William B. Gould to His Wife

Camp Jackson, Ark
October the 2nd 1861
Dear Wife,
I received your letter of September the 10th on yesterday and hasten this
morning to answer the same. Your letter gave me pleasure to hear from
you and to hear that you were well and it gave me pain to hear that some
of you were chilling. It also pained me to see the disposition you have
of grumbling at me. It is true you are somewhat are in a bad situation but
I had thought that we would make corn enough and to spare that you could
sell enough to supply all the money you would need to buy your neccessaries
and had hoped that Tarpley had paid you the money he so faithfully
promised to do and I had insurance from several that you should have plenty
of meat to do you and if their promises are all complied with I can't see
why you can't get along comfortable for one year and my wages here during
the year will enable me when I get home to buy a place where we can again
be settled and have a house of our own. I feel for you. I know you are
lonesome and feel distressed about me but I will try to take good care of
myself as I can in (the) hope to meet you all in good health again at the
expiration of my term of service and think will never part from you again
during life.

You also grumble about me not writing oftner (sic). I have wrote (sic), I
think this is eight times, and have only received two letters from you and
then you complain about having to pay the postage. This is hard but I don't
see how I can help it and did not know it was the case until lately and
can't help it there (is) no post office here, and they won't receive any
... money from us to prepay postage as our letters goes (sic) by express
from here to Fort Smith where they are mailed. You must try to sell wheat
or corn enough to pay your postage. Others write to their husbands here and
write like they were contented and satisfied with their husbands being in
the army, but I will say no more. It has pained me to say this much.

My health has been bad for this last ten days. Have had some fever but are
(sic) improving and getting well. We received the package of clothing you
sent us which is thankfully received. We have no news to write. We have not
been outside of the Encampment since we came to this place and I have no
doubt that it hurts me to be absent from home as much as any of you and
with the advantages you have of keeping comfortable and dry at home. I am
suffering more than any of you, and now while writing this morning with no
chair to sit upon, down on the flat ground, my back nearly breaks (in-two)
to write one letter. I have not seen a cup and saucer and chair or table
since I left home. Eat standing up or on the ground with a tin cup for my
coffee and a tin plate with my pocket knife for knife and fork to say
nothing of the rain and winds and storms. It is raining hard this morning
while I am writing and can hardly keep my paper dry enough to write upon.
Our tent leaks badly and should we have to camp in tents all winter we will
have a pretty rough time of it. It is rough at best so you see we have a
plenty of troubles of our own, a thousand and one that you have no idea.

Off and under these circumstances it would be refreshing to hear that our
wives and children were happy and contented at home and would give us
consolation in our troubles and dangers which (are) so far from them. I
would like very much that Nathan or Horace one would live near you though I
have faith in Jerome that he will do all he can to make you comfortable and
will try to make a good crop. Tell him to do his best and if I am
discharged in Missouri I will try to buy a good horse to go home upon and
he will probably get it for his own when I get home. Tell Nathan I will pay
him for all his extra trouble in gathering and taking care of the crop.

(?) ... men or a great many of them are still sick but are improving some.
Capt. Black & Floyd are sick and have gone out into the country until
they get well. Lieut. McCollum is well and has not been sick but very
little since he left home. Baldwin is in good health now, has been sick a
few days. We do not know how long we may stay here or where we may be sent
from here but are determined to try and discharge our duty knowing that it
is our duty to our country honestly and faithfully until we are honorably
discharged the service and can return in honor (?) ... to our family and
(?) ... against our having left you so long and do hope you will not grieve
so much. Have more fortitude and hope for the best and put your trust in
God who is able to protect the widow and the orphans and who has promised
he will do it and never see the Righteous forsaken or his seed begging

I want you (to) write how the crop turned out and how you are getting along
and how you are going to make a crop, whether Nathan or Horace is going to
crop with you, and whether or not you have sowed dry wheat and your
prospects for meat which Joe Hutson promised me, if hogs did not get fat he
would let you have the hogs to fatten yourself, and I certainly think we
have made corn enough to fatten meat and have a plenty to do you besides
and probably some to sell. All I can say is do the best you can under the
circumstances and maybe all will be right some day. Give my best love and
respects to all the children and Cass, Nathan, and (?) ..., Horace and
Nancy, Dave and Polly and all of their children and all inquiring friends
and for yourself accept the warmest love of your absent but ever devoted

                                 W.B. Gould
To Sarah S. Gould
P.S. Write as often as you can. I would be glad to hear from you often.
Tell Horace, Nathan, Joe and Dave all to write for it is a long time
between letters having only received (?) ... it is nearly (?) ... make
an effort for volunteers and I would advise all our boys, that is Nathan,
Joe and Horace to stay at home as I do not see any great necessity for
troops here, and it is a hard rough life enough so to nearly kill a man who
has not got a good constitution.

Write soon. Your affectionate husband.

                                 W.B. Gould

Letter, W.B. Gould to Sarah S. Gould, Carol Ditmore, Phoenix, Arizona
postmarked 30 Apr 2000.

                 Letter John C. McLaughlin to His Children

State of Arkansas, Benton Co., Oct. 4th 1861

Dear children,

I am writing you all a few lines to let you know that I have forgot none of
you. I would be mighty glad to see you shortly though I am in hopes we will
be spared to see each others faces again. You must be good to your Ma and
your old Grandma and do the best you can until I come home. I want you all
to go to school all you can until I come back and learn to write so you all
can write me a letter yourselves. Elija(h) and Tom, I wrote you a letter
about a month ago. I told you in it that I had never got a letter from any
of you and that I would not write any more till I got one and I got one the
next day from your Ma though she never stated in it whether she had ever
read one from me or not nor whether she had got my likeness or not. Now,
here Polly is a lock of my hair. Does it look natural or not. I think it
does though it may look a little more gray though it has had enough to have
been all white as snow.

Jane wrote to me and sent me some of John's hair and for me to send her
some of my hair. You can divide this with her if I don't get to write to
her and send her another lock. Betty Ann, I suppose you are going to get
married before I return. If I was there I would be just like I always was,
make your own choice, it is for you to live by and not me. Be careful how
you make it as you are making a pretty serious one and a mighty long one,
for life-time. Let it be as it may, therefore, be careful. Tress, I got
your letter this morning. Tress how are you getting on, you and little
Tennie. Has Tennie quit saying "shan't do it?" Lige howdy. How are you?
Harriette howdy. Howdy Little Tom. Howdy little Becca. And how are you all.
You must write soon as you can. So I must come to a close. Farewell to you
all, to Jane, Tress, Betty Ann, Harriette, Lige, Tom and Beck.

                                Your father,

                              John McLaughlin

Letter, John Crow McLaughlin to His Children, Kathleen Smith, Murfreesboro,
Arkansas 1974.

                            Moses Kilbern Brock

                   Confederate Military Service Memoranda

Full Name: Moses Kilbern Brock, Bigelow, Perry Co., Ark., 3rd Lt. in Co.,
"G" 4th Ark. Infantry, D.H. Reynold's Brigade. The original Pike Co. Blues
Co., "G" 4th Ark. Regiment, McIntosh Brigade. (Originated) Pike Co., Ark.
at Muphresburough (Murfreesboro). Officer Rec. Co. into Service: McRae.

Place and Date of Enlistment, Length of Active Service, Parole:
Murphresboro (Murfreesboro) (Arkansas), July 20, 1861, four years. Paroled
near Sandusky City, Ohio, July 16, 1865.

Regiment to which Company was assigned, when, where, Infantry or Cavalry:
Fourth Ark. Infantry, 1861, Benton Co., Ark.

Names of Regiment Officers 1861-1865. Col. E.N. McNair, George May, Lt.
Col., Adj. H.G. Bouie (sic).

Original strength of Company, names of Private Soldiers which are
remembered accurately, Officers of Co. "G" 4th Ark. Infantry: Captain Frank
Black, 1st Lieut. W.B. Gould, and Lieut. J.N. McCollum, 3rd Lieut. H.C.
Polk. Privates, W.D. Alford, John Alford, James Alford, Andy Alford, B.D.
Brock, G.W. Brock, M.K. Brock, G.R. Brock, W.E. Bolt., Wm. Brewer, Calvert
Brewer, Luther Brewer, Sale Barnes, Tom Bean, John Clarke, John Cosby, J.B.
Coker, Leonard C. Floyd, John Carpenter, A.J. Craig, James Davis, Richard
Davis, Francis Davis, O.K. Garner, Carl Huddleston, Tom Haynes, Eli
Carroll, J.H. Haynes.

List of Battles in which Company engaged, killed, wounded and captured in
each, strength of Company when paroled, incidents of camp life or
battlefield or gallantry, heroism or other data of interest: The first
engagement, Pea Ridge, Ark. McIntosh & McCollum were killed in the Battle
of Pea Ridge. The Command was then transferred to the Eastern Department.
The first engagement in the Eastern Departent was at Farmington, Miss. The
next was at Richmond, Kentucky. The next three days engagement was at
Murphresbourough (Murfreesboro), Tenn. & (next) Jackson, Miss. Three days
Chicamauga, Ga., the general engagement from Missionary Ridge to and around
Atlanta, Ga., the Battle of Franklin, Tenn. Two days at Nashville, Tenn.
under J.B. Hood. I was captured & imprisoned at Johnston's Island, near San
Dusky City where I was released July 16th 1865.

Miscellaneous. Add here any facts not embraced in the foregoing enquiries,
as reform movements instituted by, influence on affairs, etc., so that this
blank will contain all necessary facts for a full sketch: When I enlisted
at Murphresborough (Murfreesboro) Pike Co., there were one hundred men,
rank & file & at the surrender there were only four men, which were: Ira
Webb, E.K. Garner, James McGhee & M.K. Brock, the others having been killed
& wounded, died & deserted.

                                 M.K. Brock

I, J.J. McClure, Assessor of Perry Co., Ark., hereby certify under sanction
of my official oath, that the above is a true & correct copy of the
original memoranda prepared by me.

Dated Sept. 18th 1918.          J.J. McClure

Confederate Biographical Memoranda, Moses Kilbern Brock, pages 146-147.
Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock, Arkansas. Transcript by Billie
Wyrick Kennerly, Houston, Texas, excerpts edited.

                              George R. Brock

George R. Brock enlisted as a Private in the original "Pike County Blues"
the first company organized out of Pike County, Arkansas for the
Confederate Army during the Civil War. When his company was mustered into
service on August 17, 1861 it became Company G of the 4th Arkansas
"McNair's" Regiment Infantry.

During George R. Brock's service the 4th Arkansas was assigned to
McCulloch's Brigade in northwest Arkansas in late August 1861 and served in
the Indian Territory, September and October 1861. Reassigned to McIntosh's
Brigade, McCulloch's Division of Van Dorn's "Army of the West" in February
1862, they fought at Leetown battlefield at Pea Ridge on March 7-8, 1862.
Reconsolidated at Van Buren, Arkansas, then marched overland to Des Arc,
the regiment was transported by steamboat to Memphis in an attempt to unite
the Army of the West with the Confederate Army of Mississippi to attack
Grant at Pittsburgh Landing Tennessee, but arrived too late for the Battle
of Shiloh. Reorganized at Corinth, Mississippi on May 8, 1862 they served
in Price's Division, Army of the West, in the Corinth Campaign in May and
June 1862.

George R. Brock was discharged from service on July 18, 1862 at
Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Washington L. Gammage, "The Camp, the Bivouac, and the Battlefield, Being a
History of the Fourth Arkansas Regiment, from its First Organization Down
to the Present Date", 1864; Arkansas Confederate Regimental Histories, 4th
Arkansas Infantry Regiment:

The Gems, Pike County, Arkansas: Volume 11, Number 4, page 146.

Update 03.27.01              David Kelley 1996                 CVL-0005.HTM