Civil War Service Record of Beverly D. Hardy
The Confederate Service Records held in the National Archives consist of a series of cards which were created years after the war from the original Confederate records. The cards reflect periodic muster rolls, lists of deaths, POW lists, etc. from the soldier's units. A card was filled out for each time an individual soldier's name appeared on one of the lists. The records are incomplete, sometimes inaccurate, and often hard to read. However they do contain a wealth of valuable information on many Confederate soldiers.
The following are descriptions of the cards comprising Beverly D. Hardy's Civil War Record. Click on the card number to see a scanned image of the card.
Card 1 - Company Muster Roll for Co. B, 24th Regiment, Ark. Inf., for the period July 2 to August 31, 1862, showing that Beverly , a Private, enlisted on May, 12, 1862 at Palestine, Ark. for a period of three years. It lists him as absent, being "Detailed to bring artillery from Ft. Mc_____ July 11."
Card 2 - Company Muster Roll for Co. B, 24th Regiment, Ark. Inf., for the period Sept. and Oct, 1862, showing Beverly present.
Card 3 - Company Muster Roll for Co. B, 24th Regiment, Ark. Inf., for the period Nov. and Dec, 1862, showing Beverly present.
Card 4 - Company Muster Roll for Co. B, 24th Regiment, Ark. Inf., for the period Dec. 31, 1862 to June 30, 1863, showing Beverly present.
Card 5 - Muster Roll for Cos. B and E, 24th Regiment, Ark. Inf., temporarily attached to Col. C. L. Dawson's 19 Regiment, Ark. Inf. (or Hardy's Regiment), for the period July and August, 1863, at Little Rock, Ark., showing Beverly present. It states that he was last paid to Aug. 31, 1862 by Capt. W. B. Ragland.
Card 6 - Company Muster Roll for Co. B, Hardy's Regiment, Ark. Inf., for the period Jan. and Feb., 1864, with the remark: "Deserted, Sept. 15, 1863".
As previously stated, this is hardly conclusive evidence that Beverly actually deserted his unit. Two of his fellow soldiers swore on his widow's Confederate Pension Application that he did not desert and served until the end of the war.
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