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Subject: Re: A good Regimental history
Date: 21 Feb 2005 07:02:50 -0700
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Surnames: GRAY - HOLMES - BORLAND
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Capt. HOLMES was killed Sunday, 5 Oct 1862, at Hatchee River bridge, allowing General Earl Van Dorn's Army retreat from a bloody defeat at Cornith, MS, losing nearly 5,000 confederate, while killing over 2,000 union troops.
Capt. Oliver Crosby Gray became A Company's commander and Nov 1862 was dispatched to Princeton, AR to gather their horses (see billing in service records).
Saturday morning, near 3:00 am, 20 Dec 1862, with the 3rd remounted, Gen. Van Dorn & Col. Earle, took Holly Springs, MS, up-rooting Gen. U.S. Grant.This was one of the greater overall victories for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. They seized equipment, suipplies and delayed Vicksburg Battle for months. Grant, his wife Julia and her slave, retreated to Memphis from Colonel Harvey Washington Walter's mansion, "Walter Place", left standing in all its splendor, due to courtesy shown Mrs Grant. Later, Gen Grant likewise, disallowed ravaging homes on way to Vicksburg in Gen Van Dorn's home town, of Port Gibson, MS.
While under and with approval of Col Hobson, Gen Humes, Gen Jackson & Gen Hood, Oliver submitted his 2nd request, 17 July 1864 from Sandtown, GA to Gen. Cooper in Richmond, to allow him to resign Army and join Confederate Navy. It was accepted 19 Aug, with Capt Robert A. Deadman taking command of A Company, however Atlanta was lost to the Federals 13 days later, when Gen Hood abandoned it 1 Sep 1864. Its unknown if in Navy when Fed's captured Oliver Wednesday, 16 Nov at Choctaw Bend, MS, for he is listed, incorrectly, Capt. 3rd Regt. Ark. Cav., imprisoned on Ship Island, off shore of Biloxi, MS, exchanged 2 Mar 1865, back home in Princeton 1 Apr 1865.
See Arkansas Historical Quarterly's, Volumes XLII & XLIII, 1983, "Life in Confederate Arkansas: The Diary of Virginia Davuis Gray, 1863-1866, annoted & published by Dr Carl H. Moneyhon
PHOTOS: 1. Virginia & Oliver Gray, 2. Fayetteville, AR Evergreen Cem., 3. Sen. Solon Borland, Ca. 1850