Bob Kid apparently lived in Drew County, in the Monticello area, when the war broke out. He joined Company C, of the 3rd Arkansas Infantry at the beginning of the war and was shipped to Lynchburg, Virginia and on June 20, 1861 he was declared unfit for service and sent home. Then, on May 15, 1862, he enlisted into the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry and was placed in Company B, but by December 20, 1862 he was absent on furlough. His record ends there with that unit. In September of 1864 he was in Anderson’s Unattached Cavalry Battalion which was assigned to Fagan’s Cavalry Division, a part of Price’s Cavalry Corp. There is no records of this unit after Price’s Missouri Raid, September – October 1864. Kidd was apparently give the rank of Captain while serving in this unit.
It seemed as though Kidd and his company specialized in cutting the Yankee telegraph lines and stealing the wire. From the Official Records we know that Gen. Powell Clayton tried fervently, to capture Kidd, without success. Kidd’s Company fought several skirmishes with the Union Army which usually resulted in the them scattering into the bushes to make their escape. Kidd had about two dozen men with two lieutenants who would have been highly prized prisoners, but they always made their escape through the bushes.
When the war was over Kidd went all the way to Devall’s Bluff to surrender to keep from surrendering to Clayton, who was the commander of the post at Pine Bluff.
In 1880, Kidd was engaged in the retail whiskey business and lived on South Main Street in Monticello, Drew County, Arkansas. He died October 3, 1883 and was buried in the Troy Cemetery in Drew County.
Confederate Bushwhackers will continue in the next issue; Come ride with the notorious bushwhacker Capt. Jonas Webb.