3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)
3rd Cavalry Regiment was organized in July, 1861, and included the 1st (Borland's) Arkansas Cavalry Battalion and three companies of J. L. Williamson's Arkansas Infantry Battalion. Originally called 1st Arkansas Mounted Volunteers, the C. S. War Department ordered its designation to be 3rd Cavalry on January 15, 1862. When the Army of Tennessee surrendered, few of its members were present.
The 3rd Arkansas Cavalry was organized at Little Rock on June 10, 1861, as the 1st (Borland’s) Battalion Arkansas Cavalry. On July 27, 1861, the battalion was mustered into Confederate service for one year, and on July 29was reorganized as the 1st Regiment Arkansas Mounted Volunteers. On January 15, 1862, it was redesignated as the 3rd Regiment Arkansas Cavalry. It was reorganized at Corinth, Mississippi, on May 26, 1862, with the addition of two companies (I and K) from the recently-disbanded Williamson’s Battalion Arkansas Infantry. 
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Field and Staff. Co. A —Dallas County (Princeton Light Horse). Co. B —Perry County (Perry Rangers). Co. C —Saline County (Saline Rifle Rangers). Co. D —Pulaski County (Danley’s Rangers). 1st Co. E —Pope County (transferred from Williamson’s Battalion, May 26, 1862). 2nd Co. E —White and Crittenden Counties (transferred from 2nd Arkansas Cavalry, January 1, 1863). Co. F —Hot Spring County (Hot Springs Cavalry). Co. G —Ouachita County (Ouachita Cavalry). Co. H —Ouachita County (Camden Cavalry). Co. I —Conway County (transferred from Williamson’s Battalion, May 26, 1862). Co. K —Yell County (transferred from Williamson’s Battalion, May 26, 1862). Source:.
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