1-16-1862: General Earl Van Dorn is assigned to command the Trans-Mississippi and put an end to the bickering between McCulloch and Price. This he did quite effectively.
2-16-1862: Action, Pott’s Hill, Sugar Creek
2-17-1862: Action, Sugar Creek
2-17-1862: Battle, Dunnigan’s Farm
2-18-1862: Skirmish, Bentonville
2-22-1862: Confederates evacuate Fayetteville, Arkansas.
2-28-1862: Affair, Osage Springs
March 1862: Inflation takes off, Memphis speculators are blamed. “(Memphis) has been a huge leech fastened on the side of our State sucking its life blood and never satisfied.”
March 03-07 1862: Reconnaissance to Berryville
3-06: Legislature called into session, no quorum.
March 06-08 1862: Battles, Pea Ridge, Bentonville, Leetown, Elkhorn Tavern General’s McCulloch, Slack, and McIntosh are killed. Van Dorn starts to pull most forces out of Arkansas into Mississippi.
3-13-1862: Action, Spring River
3-17-1862: Legislature gets a quorum, more tinkering with the militia system.
3-18-1862: Skirmish, Salem, Spring River
4-15-1862: Arkansas congressional delegation calls on Jefferson Davis to return troops to Arkansas. Confederacy sends only soothing words Governor Rector not so subtly threatens to secede from the Confederacy.
4-19-1862: Skirmish, Talbot’s Ferry, White River
4-21-1862: Skirmish, Pocahontas
May 1862: Federal forces within 50 miles of the defenseless capitol. Rector evacuates the State government from the city. J.S. Roane hijacks some passing Texas troops and prepares a modest defense of the city giving the Federals pause. These actions probably save the city from capture. Rector sheepishly returns to the city at the end of the month. Papers have a field day asking the Governor to please let the people know where the State government may be. The Governor challenges editor Johnson to a duel which never takes place.
5-02-1862: Skirmish, Litchfield
5-03-1862: Skirmish, Batesville
5-04-1862: Batesville occupied
5-06-1862: Skirmish, White River
5-14-1862: Skirmish, Cotton Plant
5-14-1862: Scout to Grand Glaize
5-15-1862: Skirmish, Chalk Bluff
5-17-1862: Skirmish, Little Red River
5-17-1862: Roane declares martial law
5-19-1862: Skirmish, Searcy Landing, Little Red River
5-21-1862: Skirmish, Village Creek
5-26-1862: Confederacy appoints General Hindman as commander of Arkansas. Hindman gets underway immediately, picking up a few supplies and commandeering a million dollars from Memphis banks on the way.
5-26-1862: Skirmish, Calico Rock
(5-26-1862)-5-29-1862): Expedition from Jacksonport to Augusta and Des Arc
5-27-1862: Expedition from Searcy Landing to West Point, Searcy, and Des Arc
5-27-1862: Skirmish, Big Indian Creek
5-28-1862: Skirmish, Cache River Bridge
5-29-1862: Skirmish, Kickapoo Bottom near Sylamore
5-30-1862: General Hindman arrives in Little Rock and finds that he has nothing but himself, his staff, and a few unarmed solders to defend the State against the menacing army only 35 miles away. He begins a series of clever deceptions that convinces the Federals that his forces are larger than reports had indicated.
5-31-1862: Expedition to Grand Glaize
5-31-1862: Scout to Little Red River
5-31-1862: General Hindman orders Pike to move his force to Little Rock over Pike’s objections.
6-02-1862: Affair, Galloway’s Farm, near Jacksonport
6-02-1862: Hindman orders price controls to prevent profiteering.
6-03-1862: General Hindman orders all cotton in the district moved to safety or destroyed. He orders engineers to study means to obstruct the Arkansas and White Rivers.
6-05-1862: Skirmish, Little Red River
6-07-1862: Skirmish, Fairview
6-07-1862: Skirmish, Little Red River
6-08-1862: Pike orders most of his forces to Little Rock. Pens a letter to Hindman complaining that it had ruined his command, ruined his defense of the Indian Territory, and broke treaties.
6-10-1862: Martial law declared in Pulaski county
6-10-1862: Start of operations on White River (through 14 Jul)
6-12-1862: Skirmish, near Jacksonport
6-12-1862: Action, Waddell’s Farm, Indian Creek
6-17-1862: Engagement, St. Charles, White River
6-17-1862: Scouts from Batesville to Denmark, Fairview,Hitcher’s Ferry, Bush’s Ford
6-17-1862: Skirmish, Smithville
6-17-1862: Hindman orders Pike to move his remaining forces to Fort Gibson. Pike complains, moves his forces, but remains behind in Fort McCulloch drilling troops.
6-19-1862: Expedition to Blue Mountain
6-19-1862: Skirmish near Knight’s Cove
6-20-1862: Arkansas males who have not volunteered may be drafted. Units formed before this date may select their own officers by order of General Hindman.
6-23-1862: Reconnaissance to Augusta
6-23-1862: Monroe County residents warned by Federals that their personal property would be destroyed in retribution for future acts of guerilla warfare.
6-25-1862: Skirmish, Yellville
6-25-1862: General Hindman informs Federal commander in Monroe County that he will continue to employ irregular troops. He warned them to expect retaliation if Federal threats in Monroe County were carried out.
6-27-1862: Skirmish, Waddell’s Farm
6-27-1862: Skirmish, Stewart’s Plantation, Village Creek
6-28-1862: Hindman orders an embargo of shipment of provisions east of the Mississippi River.
6-30-1862: Action, Adam’s Bluff
6-30-1862: General Hindman declares martial law across the State. General Pike is outraged. Hindman’s pre-war political foes seize the opportunity to denounce him and lobby for his replacement.
7-04-1862: Skirmish, Grand Glaize, White River
7-06-1862: Skirmish, Bayou Cache
7-06-1862: Skirmish, Devall’s Bluff
7-06/07-1862: Actions, Grand Prairie, Aberdeen
7-07-1862: Skirmishes, Hill’s Plantation, Cache River, Round Hill, Bayou de View
7-08-1862: Skirmish, Orient Ferry, Black River
7-08-1862: Hindman orders Pike to proceed to Fort Smith to protect Fort Smith and Van Buren. Pike orders some of his forces there and resigns. Hindman accepts the resignation. Pike issues an address to the Indian Troops that Hindman does not take well. Pike is ordered arrested but escapes into south Arkansas.
7-09-1862: Skirmish, Aberdeen
7-10-1862: Skirmish, Scatterville
7-12-1862: Skirmish, Bentonville
7-13-1862: Bragg orders Parson’s Missouri Guards to report to Arkansas.
7-14-1862: Skirmish, Batesville
7-14-1862: Skirmish, near Helena
7-15-1862: Action near Fayetteville
7-15-1862: General’s Shelby and Cockrell move into Union controlled Missouri from Frog Bayou.
7-16-1862: Theophilus Holmes replaces Hindman as commander of Trans-Mississippi
7-20-1862: Skirmish, Gaines Landing, Pittman’s Ferry
7-22/25-1862: Expedition from Helena to Coldwater, MS
7-23-1862: Skirmish, Bole’s Farm
7-24/26-1862: Expedition from Helena to Marianna
7-28/31-1862: Expedition from Helena to Oldtown and Trenton
8-2/3-1862: Skirmishes in Jonesboro
8-03-1862: Skirmishes, Jackson, Longuelle’s Ferry, Scatterville
8-04/17-1862: Expedition to Helena and Clarendon
9-05/08-1862: Expedition from Helena to mouth of White River
8-11-1862: Skirmish, near Helena
8-15-1862: Skirmish, Clarendon
8-16-1862: General Shelby recruits at Waverly, Missouri
8-16-1862: Cockrell raid on Lone Jack, Missouri
8-16/27-1862: Expedition from Helena, down Mississippi and up Yazoo River
8-19-1862: Skirmish, Clear Creek
8-28-1862: Expedition from Helena to Eunice (through 3 Sep)
9-06-1862: Skirmish, La Grange
9-11-1862 to 9-13-1862: Expedition from Clarendon to Lawrenceville and St. Charles
9-19-1862 to 9-20-1862: Affair, Helena
9-23-1862: Skirmish, McGuire’s Ferry
9-26-1862: Expedition from Helena to La Grange
9-26-1862: Expedition from Helena to Jeffersonville and Marianna
9-30-1862: Shelby and Cockrell battle at Newtonia, Missouri
10-11-1862: Skirmish, La Grange
10-11-1862: Skirmish, near Helena
10-14-1862: Skirmish, Trenton
10-14-1862: Affair, Helena
10-16-1862: Skirmish, Elkhorn Tavern
10-17-1862: Skirmish, Mountain Home
10-17-1862: Skirmish, Sugar Creek
10-18-1862: Skirmish, near Helena
10-18-1862: Skirmish, Cross Hollow
10-20-1862: Skirmish, near Helena
10-22-1862: Skirmish, Helena
10-22-1862: Skirmish, Huntsville
10-24-1862: Skirmish, Fayetteville
10-25-1862: General Pike ordered arrested for treason by Holmes for continued complaints about martial law.
10-25-1862: Skirmish, Helena
10-27-1862: Action, Pittman’s Ferry
10-27-1862 to 10-28-1862: Actions, Oxford Bend, near Fayetteville, White River, McGuire’s
11-01-1862: Skirmish, La Grange
11-05-1862: Skirmish, Huntsville
11-05-1862 to 11-08-1862: Expedition from Helena to Moro
11-07-1862: Skirmish, Boonsboro
11-07-1862: Skirmish, Rhea’s Mill
11-08-1862: Skirmishes, Marianna, La Grange
11-08-1862: Skirmish, Cove Creek
11-09-1862: Skirmish, Boston Mountains
11-09-1862: Skirmish between Fayetteville and Cane Hill
11-16-1862 to 11-21-1862: Expedition from Helena against Arkansas Post
11-20-1862 to 11-23-1862: Reconnaissance to Van Buren and Fort Smith
11-25-1862: Skirmish, near Cane Hill
11-25-1862: Skirmish, Pittman’s Ferry
11-25-1862: Skirmish, Camp Babcock
11-25-1862: Holmes, at the urging of Hindman, informs Pemberton at Vicksburg that troops from Arkansas will not be forthcoming.
11-25-1862 to 11-29-1862: Expedition to Yellville
11-27-1862: Expedition from Helena to Grenada, MS (through 5 Dec)
11-28-1862: Engagement, Cane Hill, Boston Mountains, Boonsboro
12-04 to 12-06-62: Operations around Cane Hill
12-04 to 12-06-62: Skirmishes, Boston Mountains
12-05-62: Skirmish, Helena
12-06-62: Skirmish, Reed’s Mountains
12-07-62: Battle of Prairie Grove, Fayetteville, or Illinois Creek
12-09-62: Skirmish, Middleton
12-14-62: Affair, near Helena
12-20-62: Skirmish, Cane Hill
12-21-62: Skirmish, Van Buren
12-21 to 12-23-62: Expedition from Fayetteville to Huntsville
12-23-62: Skirmish, St. Francis Road near Helena
12-27 to 12-29-62: Expedition over Boston Mountains
12-28-62: Skirmish, Dripping Springs
12-28-62: Capture of Van Buren
12-29-62: Skirmish, Dripping Springs
12-30-62: Skirmish, La Grange