Military Record of Atlas J. Danley
MILITARY MUSTER & DESCRIPTIVE ROLL
Enlisted Greene County, Arkansas
Age: 37 years
Height: 6 feet
Born: Moore County, North Carolina
Served as a private in Company D, Davies Battalion
Prisoner of war May 11, 1865
Paroled at Wittsburg, Arkansas May 25, 1865
History of Greene County by H. B. Crowley, as published in 1906 in the Paragould Soliphone
"Exploits of Nath Bowlin And His Band"
The Captain and his band of men conducted warfare of their own and in their own way and made report to no superior authority. They operated in southeast Missouri and the northeast corner of Arkansas, and they were a holy terror to the Federal forces in this section of the country. They operated after the order of the famous Partisan Leaders in the Carolinas during the Revolutionary war and would hastily organize the forces, strike the enemy a stunning and an unexpected blow, dodge off and disappear before they realized what had happened. Often there would be 300 men and then again just 25 men. The fighting strength was always about 500, but when the Federal army got after them, they would seldom have a score of men and of course would make a masterly retreat, or vanish from sight altogether.
As soon as the pursuit was abandoned the bugle call would be sounded and hundreds of good soldiers would be in line ready for action. He and his men were a puzzle to the union authorities, and his movements were so mysterious and his performances so extraordinary that his command was regarded with awe and half believed to be a phantom army.
DAVIES BATALLION ARKANSAS CAVALRY is not listed in the OFFICIAL RECORDS at all and is believed to have been a partisan band of approximately five companies.