35th Arkansas Infantry, CSA, Quartermaster Ledger

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The 35th Arkansas Infantry, CSA, was organized on July 11, 1862. Col. Frank Rector led the regiment, and its commanding officers included Cols. James King and Harry J. McCord, Lt. Col. John Wallace, and Majs. John Dillard and Mark Tatum. The regiment had several names including: 22nd Arkansas Infantry (Rector’s – King’s – McCord’s Infantry), and 1st Arkansas Infantry (Rector’s Infantry, Northwest Division). The 35th Arkansas Infantry saw action at Helena on July 4, 1863, Little Rock on September 10, 1863 and Jenkins’ Ferry on April 30, 1864.1

William Patton, quartermaster in the 35th Arkansas Infantry, kept this ledger recording supplies distributed to soldiers in the regiment. Each page lists a soldier’s name, rank, and equipment details. Patton documented purchase dates, quantity and price. He also provided notes on battles, deaths and wounds incurred by soldiers in the 35th Arkansas Infantry.

The ledger offers evidence for a study of economic conditions in the Ozarks, specifically on the war’s impact on the distribution of supplies, demand and market value. This ledger might draw interesting comparisons with union and civilian ledgers located in the Community & Conflict collection.

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  1. Stewart Sifakis, Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Florida and Arkansas (New York: Facts on File, 1992), 117-118.