The 11th Arkansas Infantry was organized with eight companies (approximately 700 men) at Benton, in Saline County, Arkansas in July, 1861. Jabez M. Smith, of Benton, was elected Colonel, Mark Miller, Lt. Col., James T. Poe, major, Moses Waters, adjutant, and W.A. Moss, sergeant major. Company commanders were Co. A, the 'Saline Tornadoes' of Saline County, Cpt. M. Vance; Co. B, the 'Rough and Ready Riflemen' of Saline County, Cpt. J. Douglas; Co. C, from Saline and Hot Spring counties, Cpt. J. Sanders; Co. D, the 'Fairplay Riflemen' of Saline county, Cpt. Z. Philips; Co. E, the 'Falcon Guards' of Columbia and Hempstead counties, Cpt J. Moss; Co. F, the 'Saline Avengers' of Saline county, Cpt. L. Mauney; Co. G, the 'Camden Knights' of Ouachita county, Cpt. J. Logan; and Co. H, from Columbia County, Cpt. J. Matthews. Company I, from Saline, Hot Spring, and Pulaski counties under Cpt. Anderson Cunningham and Co. K, from Saline county under Cpt. J.G. Johnson, joined the regiment at Memphis, TN, and Island No. 10, respectively.