GENERAL ORDERS, NO. 17. HEADQUARTERS, TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DISTRICT LITTLE ROCK, ARK., June 17, 1862.

  1. For the more effectual annoyance of the enemy upon our rivers and in our mountains and woods all citizens of this district, who are not subject to conscription, are called upon to organize themselves into independent companies of mounted men or infantry, as they prefer, arming and equipping themselves, and to serve in that part of the district to which they belong.
  2. Where as many as ten men come together for this purpose they may organize by electing a captain, one sergeant and one corporal, and will at once commence operations against the enemy without waiting for special instructions. Their duty will be to cut off Federal pickets, scouts, foraging parties and trains, and to kill pilots and others on gunboats and transports, attacking them day and night, and using the greatest rigor in their movements. As soon as the company attains the strength required by law, it will proceed to elect the other officers to which it is entitled. All such organizations will be reported to these headquarters as soon as practicable. They will receive pay and allowances for subsistence and forage, for the time actually in the field, as established by the affidavits of their captains.
  3. These companies will be governed in all respects by the same regulations as other troops.

Captains will be held responsible for the good couduct and efficiency of their men, and will report to their headquarters from time to time.

By command of MAJOR-GENERAL HINDMAN. R. C. NEWTON, A. A. General.

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Source: History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.