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Period copy image of General Edward W Gantt.   "He preferred a military command to a legislative office though. In late July, he was elected colonel of the 12th Arkansas Infantry Regiment;[1] Gantt had previously requested to be made a major general.[9]He and his regiment were transferred to Columbus, Kentucky.[1] On November 7, the 12th Arkansas remained in reserve at the Battle of Belmont, but Gantt was badly wounded during an artillery duel.[10][2] In December, another regiment was added to Gantt's command, and he and his men were transferred to the defenses of the Island Number 10 and New Madrid, Missouri, area.[11] Gantt's superior, Leonidas Polk, recommended him for promotion to brigadier general, but the request was denied by Judah P. Benjamin, the Confederate States Secretary of War.[12] General P. G. T. Beauregard appointed Gantt as an acting brigadier general early the next year.[13] In early April, the Confederate defenses at Island Number 10 collapsed, and Gantt surrendered at Tiptonville, Tennessee, on April 8. He was imprisoned at Fort Warren until August 27, when he was exchanged.[14]Back home in Arkansas, Gantt awaited another military assignment, but did not receive one. Rumors of a drinking problem had spread,[15] and there were also claims that he flirted with the wives of other officers. Believing that the Confederacy no longer offered him a chance at prominence, Gantt made his way to the Union lines at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and surrendered.[2] He met with Lincoln the next month, and then returned to Arkansas, where he advocated for Arkansans to reject the Confederacy.[16] On December 11, he received the first pardon given by Lincoln to a Confederate officer,[17] Gantt spoke against the Confederacy, slavery, and secession,[15] and in 1863 and 1864 gave speeches in the northern United States designed to strengthen support in the Union for continuing the war.[2] Lincoln proposed the ten percent plan for returning the seceded states to the Union, and Gantt promoted this plan in Arkansas; his defection from the Confederacy and support for the Union earned him the disgust of many southerners.[18

CDV Confederate General Edward W Gantt 12th Arkansas

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