captured 1 surgeon of the Tenth Arkansas Regiment Mounted Infantry, 1 deserter from our army, and 18 enlisted men; also 18 mules and horses, which have been turned over to the post quartermaster. I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant, John M. Crebs.”
On February 24, 1865 Captain Wasson embarked on the steamer Curlen with 50 men and proceeded to Berry’s Landing Arkansas. From there the force proceeded up river where reaching Rodgers plantation captured 6 prisoners and 2 horses. On the 28th of February 1865 the regiment was under the command of Brig General Napoleon B. Buford; his command consisted of the 87th Illinois, 35th Missouri, 56th U. S. (African descent) infantry, 60th U.S. (African descent) infantry, 63rd U. S. (African descent) infantry (D and G companies) and the 2nd U. S. (African descent) Infantry.
Special order Number 148 dated June 1865, signed by Major General J. J. Reynolds, relieved the 87th regiment from duty at Helena Arkansas and ordered the regiment to report without delay to Major General Salomon, commanding First Division, 7th Corp, at Little Rock Arkansas. On the 21st of June the regiment embarked on transports, arriving at Cairo Illinois on June 23, 1865. From Cario they proceeded by train to Springfield Illinois, arriving on June 24th and was finally paid off and discharged on June 24, 1865.
During the regimental service 1, 040 men were assigned; 8 reported Killed in Action. 7 died of wounded received, 8 were wounded, 27 were captured with two men dying as a prisoner (James K. P. Dempsey and Samuel Moor at Camp Ford, Tyler Texas), 222 dying of accident or disease, 36 deserters, and three men were rejected as unfit for duty. The official records of wounded and prisoners appear to be under recorded. The soldiers captured were taken to Camp Ford (Tyler Texas), where they were paroled on May 19, 1865.