Thirty-first Regiment Arkansas Infantry

Company A-Jackson County

This company was organized at Jacksonport, Arkansas, on November 2, 1861, Captain James M. Morgan commanding. The company marched to Pocahontas, Arkansas, where it appears to have served for a time as an unattached company in the garrison commanded by Colonel Solon Borland.

When McCray's Battalion was organized on January 25, 1862, the Jacksonport company was assigned as Company A. The company retained this designation when McCray's Battalion was reorganized as the 31st Arkansas Infantry on May 27, 1862.

A total of 104 men are known to have served with Company A. Nearly one-fourth of them died of disease during the war; and only three of them were still with the colors at the surrender in April 1865. One member - - - A Private Jonathan Pool, was awarded the Confederate equivalent of the Medal of Honor for his heroism at the Battle of Chickamauga. But many of them deserted, or were said to have been absent without leave. The Burgin Family was no exception:


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