Commanding officer: Colonel Sidney D. Jackman

Colonel Jackman’s regiment was active mainly in Jackson, Pike and Lincoln Counties in 1863. He was a former Baptist preacher and member of Jo Shelby´s Brigade. Early in the spring of 1864, Jackman went into northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri in an effort to recruit a brigade. While enroute near Searcy, Arkansas, the group captured three men and a young boy who were suspected of being Union guerrillas. Jackman hung two of the men and the boy and the remaining prisoner agreed to take Jackman to their leader, a man named Meeks. Jackman´s group then surrounded Meeks and his men who were asleep in a log cabin. Meeks´men were shot down as they ran out of the cabin in their nightshirts. About 15 were killed, one was captured, and

Meeks was wounded but escaped. Jackman hung the prisoner to the eave of the cabin. Personally he went through the war without a scratch.

Sources: O.R.; Ozarks Watch, Leo E. Huff, Spring/Summer 1991; Brophy.

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