Seven Phillips Co. men served as generals in the Confederate army. Patrick Cleburne, perhaps the most acclaimed Arkansas general, led an Army of Tennessee division and proposed freeing slaves if they would fight for the Confederacy. He was killed in the battle of Franklin, Tenn. Thomas C. Hindman built an Arkansas army from scratch and led it at Prairie Grove; he also commanded a division east of the Mississippi. He was murdered in Helena after the war. Lucius E. Polk led Cleburnes brigade after that generals promotion until wounds forced him to retire.
Daniel C. Govan led a brigade in Tennesssee and Georgia before surrendering in North Carolina in 1865. James C. Tappan led his Arkansans in battles in Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, and at Jenkins Ferry, Ark. Cleburne, Hindman and Tappan are buried in Helenas Maple Hill Cemetery. Two of the seven were acting generals. Charles W. Adams led two infantry regiments before serving on Thomas C. Hindmans staff and in administrative positions in Arkansas. Archibald Dobbins led a brigade of cavalry, though he never received a brigadiers star.