Looking for the Confederate Soldier Records of Richard Smith

I have in my possession the Union Pension Records of my ancestor, Richard Smith. However I have recently learned that he was in the Confederate Army prior to joining the Union Army in 1863. I have been trying to find record of his service in the Confederate Army.

Page 40 of Richard Smith’s (Union) Pension application form lists his Confederate service summary, as provided by the Department of the Interior:

One Richard Smith, private in Capt. L. H. Stone’s Co. A Clarkson’s Battalion, Ark and Mo. Cav. C.S.A. – date and place of enlistment not shown, is reported on roll, without date, the only roll of said Co. on which his name is found, absent “Transferred, Aug. 4 – 1862 to Capt Mc Donel.

Roll of Capt. James Mc Donel’s Co F Clarkson’s Batt. Ark & Mo. Cav. C.S.A. dated, Sept 14, 1862, only roll of said Co. on file, shows Richard Smith, age 24, enrolled by Capt. James Mc Donel, May 1, 1862, in Franklin Co., Ark. for 12 Mos. – present. Remark “Stampeded at Camp Riley, C. N. July 3. – reported back Aug 2, 1862.

Roll of Capt Forrester’s Co B, Buster’s 15 Batt. Ark. Cav. formerly Co G. Clark’s Regt. Mo. Inf C.S.A. from Feb 28, 1863 to Apr 30 1863 first on file shows Richard Smith enlisted May 8 1862 at Ozark by Capt. McDonel for 12 Mos. – present.

June 30 1863 last on file “Absent – without leave.” No record of conscription or disability found.

* Co G Clark’s Regt – Mo. Inft CSA appears to have been organized by transfers from Co’s D, E, F, and G of Clarkson’s Batt’n Ark & Mo Cav C.S.A; M. W. Buster was Lieut. Col. Of Clarkson’s Batt. Ark & Mo. Cav. Also of Clark’s Regt. Mo. Inft. And Buster’s 15 Batt’n Ark & Mo Cav C.S.A.

I pulled up Footnote.com and did a search for “Richard Smith” + Arkansas but I could not find any mention of the above Battalions and Calvaries. Then I did another search on Richard Smith, applied a filter of Civil War Records, then applied an additional filter of “Civil War Soldiers – Confederate CSA.” Beneath that under Military Unit, I found Clarkson’s Battallion of Independent Rangers and filtered my results for that!!!

Civil War FiltersMilitary Unit Filter

This resulted in a total of 3 pages for Richard Smith. The first page was the standard card that contained the file numbers for the other two pages. The second and third pages contained the muster rolls for Company A of Clarkson’s Battalion from Feb 1, 1862 – Oct 31, 1862 (page 2 of 3) and Capt James McDonald’s Company from Sept 14, 1862 (page 3 of 3).

These documents matched up for the most part with what was written in Richard’s Union Pension files – that he was transferred to Captain McDonald’s Company in May of 1862; However there is no mention of when or where he originally signed up with the Confederate Army prior to May of 1862 when he was transferred to Capt. McDonald’s unit. [Goal: keep looking for these records, although I don’t expect to find them since they were not mentioned in Richard’s pension file].

The next set of records I found for Richard Smith were from Clark’s Regiment, Missouri Infantry, also on Footnote.com. I found these by searching in the Civil War Collection and filtering my results by “Civil War Soldiers – Confederate – MO.”

I found two muster cards for Richard Smith for Mar & Apr 1863 – he was present in Clark’s Company G; and for May & June 1863, also in Company G, however he was “Absent without leave.”

Richard’s pension records had mentioned a muster card from Captain Forrester’s Company B, Buster’s 15th Battalion AR Cavalry, formerly Company G of Clark’s Regiment MO infantry C. S. A. dated Feb 28, 1863 – Apr 30, 1863 in which Richard Smith was “present.” – I have not been able to locate this card or Buster’s 15th Battalion [Goal: Locate this unit and muster card]; and frankly I find this a bit confusing. How can the 15th Battalion AR Cav be “formerly of Clark’s Company G” if Richard supposedly was present in this unit in Feb-Apr of 1863 and absent in June of 1863 according to his pension papers but yet he is present in Mar & Apr of 1863 and absent in May & June of 1863 in Clark’s Company G unit according to the muster rolls I found on Footnote.com? 

Anyways, that’s for another day. The whole reason I have been looking for these records is to determine when and where Richard Smith signed up for duty.  He supposedly had two brothers, John and Clabe or Claiborne Smith who joined the Army at the same time. If I can determine when and where and in what regiment Richard Smith joined the Confederate Army, then maybe I can find John and Claiborne with him.

So my goals are the following:

1.  To continue looking for Richard’s original enlistment regiment and muster rolls

2.  To obtain Richard Smith’s Confederate enlistment papers – is this possible? Can these be obtained from the National Archives? I have in my grandfather’s notes that Richard Smith’s parents’ names are listed on his enlistment papers, but I don’t have the copies of his enlistment papers.  I wonder what happened to them?

3.  To find enlistment information for Richard Smith’s supposed brothers John and Claiborne Smith – did they all enlist at the same place at the same time? What happened to them?

If you can provide suggestions on how to obtain enlistment papers on Confederate service, please email me or comment below.

Source: “Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations Raised Directly by the Confederate Government,” digital images, Footnote.com (http://wwwfootnote.com : accessed 28 June 2011); Richard Smith (Clarkson’s Battalion of Cavalry, Independent Rangers, C. S. A) index card; imaged from Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations, compiled 1903 – 1927, documenting the period 1861 – 1865, M258, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives [n.d.]), roll ?. Records were found by searching on “Richard Smith,” in the “Civil War Collection;” Then I applied a filter for the “Civil War Soldier – Confederate – CSA,” and then under Military Unit, I applied the filter for “Clarkson’s Battalion, Confederate Cavalry, Independent Rangers, L-Y AND Lyon’s Escort, Forrest’s Cavalry CSA AND Martin’s Escort CSA”

Source: “Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Missouri,” digital images, Footnote.com (http://wwwfootnote.com : accessed 28 June 2011); Richard Smith (Company G, Clark’s Regiment, Missouri Infantry, Confederate) index card; imaged from Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations, compiled 1903 – 1927, documenting the period 1861 – 1865, M322, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives [n.d.]), roll ?. Records were found by searching on “Richard Smith,” in the “Civil War Collection;” Then I applied a filter for the “Civil War Soldier – Confederate – MO.”


10 Responses to “Looking for the Confederate Soldier Records of Richard Smith”

  1. I found a record for Richard Smith in Company A Clarkson’s Battalion on page 174 of CLARKSON’S BATTALION CSA–A BRIEF HISTORY AND ROSTER by David L Haimerl. I could send what it mentions about Richard Smith. My ggrandfather, Samuel Wilburn served in the same Company A. By the way, your Claiborne Smith wouldn’t be connected to Amanda Weems (Wiems) in any way per chance. Yvonne

  2. Hi Yvonne, I had not seen that book on Clarksons, thanks for pointing that out to me. I would love to see what it says about Richard Smith! That’s cool that he served in the same company as your ggf. Was there mention of John or Claiborne Smith in that company as well?

    I’m not quite sure how Claiborne fits in because I think there were two of them. One married to Sarah and then married to Amanda when he was 50 and she was 40. Her name was Amanda Reed on the marriage record. Not sure if this is the same Amanda you are asking about.

  3. I have a photo of a Richard Smith. The photo reads on the back by Richard Smith – “Richard S Smith To Samuel S Smith My Dear Son Louisville, Kentucky March the 12 of 1864”
    original to photo –
    “MULTIPLYING GALLERY STANSBURY & CO., 431 Market st., bet. 4th & 5th Over Hooe & Peter’s China Store Louisvill, KY.
    Could possibly be the same Richard Smith?

  4. Hi Danielle, thanks for sharing information about your photo. I would love to see a copy of it! It sounds like it is of Richard Smith from Perry County, KY who had a son named Samuel Smith. My Smith’s are a match to this family according to Y-DNA, however I am still trying to figure out how they are connected. Please write me back at grs3275 at yahoo dot com.

  5. My 2ggfather Stephen Gage was in Clarkson’s Battalion, Co. A and he enlisted Feb 1, 1862 at Derosey, P.O. Franklin Co., AR by L.H. Stone. His original company was Capt. Leftwich H. Stone’s Co., Ark Vols and they joined with Clarkson’s Battalion later. Clarkson’s battalion was captured at Locust Grove, Indian Territory in July of 1862. Stephen was sent to a prison camp at Fort Riley Kansas and then to Camp Douglas Illinois.

  6. Hi Mary, thanks for writing and sharing information about your ancestor Stephen Gage. I also read that Clarkson was killed during the capture.

  7. Mary Lynn Hardy Says:

    I am searching for a David Denton Fox, b, 9-27-1832 d 10-11-1862 at Holly Springs, MS. He served in Company 1, 31st Mississippi, Voluntary Infantry, CSA. Any help is appreciated.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I believe John c smith was at one time in Powers company if my Memory serves me right. That yield some info

  9. Mark Miller Says:

    What Union unit did Richard Smith serve in? I know that he and his two brothers first served together in Company E, 10th Arkansas Militia Feb-Mar 1862. That’s a Johnson Co. unit.

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