Date Original



This collection contains a list for the election of the LaGrue Township Home Guards, Prairie County, Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

In accordance with an ordinance enacted by the Arkansas Secession Convention, requiring each county in the State to appoint home guards of minute-men for local defense, the Prairie County Court met at Brownsville on June 24, 1861, to organize a home guard organization for the county. Over the next few weeks, each of the ten townships in Prairie County organized home guard companies. Pleasant A. Thomason, of Prairie Township, was appointed colonel and commander-in-chief of the Prairie County Home Guard. William C. Hazen (Clear Lake Township), A. J. Thomas (Pigeon Roost Township), and Benjamin C. Totten (White River Township) were appointed as War Finance Commissioners, and authorized and directed to procure arms for the home guard companies. Officers of the individual companies were commissioned by election. Unlike most other counties in the State, the Prairie County Home Guard maintained its organization well into 1862, although its strength was severely depleted as individual home guards began joining regular Confederate regiments.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

LaGrue Township, Prairie County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Election of officers of Home Guards of LaGrue Township, Prairie County, Arkansas, SMC.037.008


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Election of officers of Home Guards of LaGrue Township, Prairie County, Arkansas, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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