31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
Brief History[edit | edit source]
31st Infantry Regiment was assembled during the early summer of 1862 and moved east of the Mississippi River. Assigned to Colonel T. H. McCray's Brigade, it took an active part in the conflict at Richmond, Kentucky. Later it was placed in General McNair's Brigade and united with the 25th Regiment from April to August, 1863. At that time the field and staff officers were transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department, and the regiment was consolidated into two companies. These companies merged into the 4th Arkansas Regiment, and the 31st ceased to exist. 
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Co. A—Jackson County and Randolph County.
Co. B—Van Buren County, Jackson, and Randolph Counties.
Co. C—Conway County.
Co. D—Van Buren County.
Co. E—Pope County.
Co. F—Van Buren County and Independence County
Co. G—Conway County.
Co. H—Jackson County.
Co. I—Independence County.
Co. K—Yell County. .
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Bass, Ronald R. History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research,1996) p. 12.
Other Sources[edit | edit source]
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Arkansas in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Arkansas in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Tennessee, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.