ARKANSAS MEDAL OF HONOR~ Confederate equivalent of the Medal of Honor

ARKANSAS MEDAL OF HONOR~ Confederate equivalent of the Medal of Honor


First Regiment Arkansas Infantry Company D—“Clan McGregor”


    “Clan McGregor” was organized at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on May 1, 1861, by Capt. Donelson McGregor.  The company enlisted in Confederate service for one year, and was assigned to Col. James Fleming Fagan’s 1st Arkansas Infantry as Company D.  After serving for several months on picket duty along Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, the regiment was transferred to the Confederate Army of Mississippi.  “Clan McGregor” played a prominent role in the Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862, but sustained appalling casualties.  Now assigned to the Confederate Army of Tennessee, the 1st Arkansas fought in the Battle of Murfreesboro, December 31, 1862.  In this battle, Donelson McGregor, now lieutenant-colonel of the regiment, was severely wounded and died a few days after the battle in a U.S. Army field hospital.  He was posthumously awarded the Confederate equivalent of the Medal of Honor, as were three other men of “Clan McGregor”.  The company
    **subsequently fought at Chickamauga, the Atlanta Campaign, Nashville, Franklin and Bentonville.  Only a handful of men were left when the regiment surrendered in North Carolina on April 26, 1865.  Most of the men of “Clan McGregor” were from Jefferson County and present-day Cleveland County, with a few from neighboring Arkansas and Desha counties. **

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