Witherspoon's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)
Brief History[edit | edit source]
13th Cavalry Battalion was organized by J. L. Witherspoon during the early spring of 1863 with men from Crawford, Washington, and Sebastian counties. It served in the District of the Indian Territory, then was assigned to Cabell's Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department. After skirmishing in Arkansas, the unit was active in Price's Missouri Expedition and later moved to Northeastern Texas. It was included in the surrender on June 2, 1865. (accessed October 8, 2010). 
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.
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.
References[edit | edit source]
- National Park Service, (accessed 4 January 2011).