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Alexander Adams Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written by Alexander Adams, stationed at DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, to his friend, Charlotte Vail of Attica, Indiana. View the finding aid »

Albert W. Allen Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Albert W. Allen while he served with the 42nd Ohio Infantry. Allen enlisted on September 9, 1861, in Company I of the 42nd Ohio Infantry and was mustered out with the company on December 2, 1864. After the war, his family lived briefly in Iowa, before returning to Madison County, Ohio. View the finding aid »

Fayette Allen Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written by Cpl. Fayette Allen of Spring Prairie, Wisconsin, to his aunt. View the finding aid »

Armstead Armstrong Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter written by Private Armstead Armstrong of the 6th Arkansas Infantry to his uncle.
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Charles H. Atkins Collection

This collection contains photocopies of the Civil War correspondence of Charles H. Atkins from Sevier County, Arkansas. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Atkins enlisted in the Confederate army and joined Company G of the 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles. The company fought at Wilson's Creek and Pea Ridge and was then dismounted before being transferred east of the Mississippi River in 1862. On December 31, 1862, the Confederate army attacked the Federals at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Atkins was wounded during the battle and died a few days later. View the finding aid »

David E. Ballard Civil War Letters

This collection contains letters written by David E. Ballard to his cousin, Elvira Harrison, during the time he was serving with the 2nd Kansas Cavalry in western Arkansas and southwestern Missouri. He enlisted in the 2nd Kansas Cavalry in November 1862 and served until February 1865. View the finding aid »

Prentice C. Barrows Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by Prentice Cyrus Barrows of the 29th Iowa Infantry Regiment while he was serving in Arkansas. In August 1862, he enlisted in the 29th Iowa Infantry Regiment. He was mustered out on August 10, 1865, in New Orleans.
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Ira McL. Barton Collection

This collection contains different government and military documents and correspondence related to Ira McL. Barton, New Hampshire Volunteer Heavy Artillery.
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James Beall Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by James Beall while serving with the 4th Iowa Cavalry at Helena, Arkansas. Beall enlisted on November 4, 1861, in Company M of the 4th Iowa Cavalry. He received a disability discharge March 19, 1863, at Helena, Arkansas. He enlisted again on September 20, 1863, in Company I of the 9th Iowa Cavalry. He died of disease on April 17, 1864, at the Benton Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri. View the finding aid »

George H. Benjamin Scrapbook

This collection contains a scrapbook presented to the widow of George H. Benjamin Sr. commemorating the efforts of Benjamin regarding Pea Ridge Battlefield National Military Park. Upon returning to Arkansas after touring several Civil War battlefields, Benjamin advocated for the creation of a national park at the site of the Battle of Pea Ridge. In September 1955, Governor Faubus created the Pea Ridge Battlefield Restoration Committee and appointed Benjamin state chairman of it. George H. Benjamin died April 8, 1962, and Pea Ridge Battlefield National Military Park was dedicated on June 3, 1963. View the finding aid »

Preston Bishop Civil War Letter

The collection contains a letter from Preston Bishop who served in the U. S. Navy. Preston Bishop was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and served in the Civil War with the United States Navy. He enlisted on May 16, 1861, and served on USS Carondelet as a surgeon's assistant before transferring to USS Louisville in the same capacity. He was discharged on May 22, 1864. View the finding aid »

George M. Blodgett Civil War Collection

This collection contains the naval records and correspondence of George M. Blodgett while he was the commander of USS Conestoga, a Federal gunboat. Assigned to the Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla, Conestoga was used in operations up the White River from June -July 1862, including the bombardment of Saint Charles, Arkansas. Conestoga was formally transferred to the Navy in October 1862. The ship operated near the mouth of the Arkansas and White Rivers and on the Mississippi River until it sunk on March 8, 1864, following a collision with USS General Price. Blodgett died of an illness on November 6, 1862. View the finding aid »

Joseph D. Boardman Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter written by Joseph D. Boardman of Licking County, Ohio, while he was a patient at the Civil War Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. View the finding aid »

Francis H. Bogg Jr. Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Francis H. Boggs Jr. who on August 20 enlisted in the 94th Illinois Infantry, made up entirely of men from McLean County. The unit was assigned to the Army of the Frontier, operating in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. A month after this letter was written, the regiment took part in the battle at Prairie Grove, in Arkansas. In January, the Army was camped at Forsyth, Missouri, when Boggs became ill. He died on January 31, 1863. View the finding aid »

Bost Family Civil War Letters

This collection contains letters written by the Bost brothers during their service in the Confederate army. Their letters relate experiences of battle, illness, injury, capture, and camp life. Both James and Silas Bost enlisted on June 14, 1861, and served in Company I of the 5th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. They were both killed in September 1863 in the Battle of Chickamauga. George Bost enlisted on October 10, 1861, and served in Company B of the 4th Arkansas Infantry Battalion. He was killed on November 30, 1864, at the Battle of Franklin in Tennessee. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

Charles Broadfoot Civil War letters

This collection contains five letters written by Charles Broadfoot, stationed in Arkansas as aide-de-camp to General T. H. Holmes, to his mother in North Carolina, and two letters written to Broadfoot by his cousin, John Hinsdale, also a member of General Holmes' staff. View the finding aid »

Henry Brevoort Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Henry Brevoort while he served on the staff of General Osterhaus. Brevoort enlisted on May 27, 1861, in the 83rd New York Infantry. In September 1861, he was discharged from the 83rd to accept a promotion to 1st lieutenant in the 4th Missouri Cavalry. At the time this letter was written, he was serving on detached duty as aide-de-camp to General Peter J. Osterhaus. He resigned in July, 1863, due to ill health and returned to New York. View the finding aid »

Edward Bridge Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Edward Bridge while he served with the 55th Illinois Infantry. Bridge was born in Vermont and his family moved to Dekalb County, Illinois, in 1859. He enlisted in Company B of the 55th Illinois Infantry on September 10, 1861. He was promoted to full sergeant in March 1863. He died of disease at Larkinsville, Alabama, on January 11, 1864. View the finding aid »

William S. Brooks Civil War Collection

This collection consists of letters written by William S. Brooks and about him after his death. Brooks served as a private in the 1st Iowa Infantry and fought at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. He later entered the 19th Iowa Infantry as a 2nd lieutenant and was wounded at the Battle of Prairie Grove. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel while serving with the 56th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry in Helena, Arkansas. He was killed in action at Wallace's Ferry on Big Creek, west of Helena, on July 26, 1864.
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Frederick W. Brown Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written by Frederick W. Brown to his father, James M. Brown, while he was serving at Little Rock, Arkansas, with the 18th Illinois Infantry. View the finding aid »

Morgan D. Brown Civil War Materials

This collection contains transcribed typescript copies as well as photocopies of personal and official correspondence relating to Brown's Confederate military service. On June 26, 1861, Morgan D. Brown was elected 2nd lieutenant of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry (C.S.A.). He was later promoted to captain before being discharged in August 1863. Brown returned to Arkansas and was subsequently assigned to Poe's Cavalry Battalion. View the finding aid »

Brummett Family Civil War Letters

The collection consists of letters written by members of the Brummett family of Jefferson and Bradley Counties, Arkansas. These letters are from the families of George W. Brummett Sr. and his brother Pleasant Brummett. One writer served with the 9th Arkansas. T. J. Brummett, son of Pleasant Brummett, served with Company D of the 18th Arkansas, known as the Pine Bluff Rebels. View the finding aid »

Andrew S. Burt Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter written by Sailor Andrew S. Burt to his aunt Sarah P. Creter. View the finding aid »

Daniel W. Buttles Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter written by Private Daniel W. Buttles, Pine Bluff, Ark., to his mother, Emeline Buttles, at Waterford, Wisconsin. View the finding aid »

William L. Cabell Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by William L. Cabell, who graduated from West Point in 1850. At the outbreak of the war, he left his military post and offered his services to the Confederacy. He was assigned to the command of General Van Dorn with the Trans-Mississippi Department. He was involved in several major actions in 1862 and wounded in the Battle of Corinth. In February 1863, he was promoted to brigadier general. He was captured in 1864 while taking part in Price's Missouri Expedition. After the war, he returned to Fort Smith.
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Allen A. Cameron Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by Allen A. Cameron while he served with the 18th Texas Infantry. Cameron was born in North Carolina. In 1850, he was a merchant in Rusk, Texas. He enlisted on April 7, 1862, in Company C of the 18th Texas Infantry, and was chosen a first lieutenant. He resigned October 3, 1863, due to ill health. View the finding aid »

Benjamin B. Chism Letter

This collection consists a letter written by Ben Chism in 1895 describing John Griffith's service in the 11th/17th Arkansas Infantry. Chism joined the 5th Arkansas Infantry as soon as the war broke out. He was later first lieutenant in the 11th/17th Arkansas Infantry, and served on the staff of Col. John Griffith. Griffith served first with the 3rd Arkansas State Infantry and later as colonel of the 11th/17th Consolidated Regiment. He continued to be involved in armed resistance after the war. View the finding aid »

"Chronicles of Arkansas" Collection

This collection consists of clippings from the Arkansas Gazette observing the centennial of the Civil War with daily accounts written by Margaret Ross, called "Chronicles of Arkansas, The Years of the Civil War." View the finding aid »

Sylvester K. Cocreham Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter written at Arkansas Post by S. K. Cocreham [Cocreham] of the 15th Texas Cavalry to his brother James H. Combs, a member of the 6th Texas Infantry who was home on sick leave. View the finding aid »

Effie Combs Collection

This collection contains research and other materials related to Civil War and Southern history, largely compiled by Effie Combs (1890-1973) while she served as chapter historian for the United Daughters of the Confederacy. View the finding aid »

Byron Cone Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Byron Cone while he was serving with the 20th Iowa Infantry. Cone enlisted in Company F of the 20th Iowa Infantry on August 21, 1862. He was mustered out due to disability on February 9, 1863. He returned to Iowa where he worked as a lather. View the finding aid »

John B. Cumer Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by John B. Cumer while he was stationed in Arkansas with the 46th Indiana Infantry. Cumer enlisted November 5, 1861, at Logansport, Indiana, and was mustered into the 46th Indiana Infantry on December 11, 1861. He died May 28, 1863, at Grand Gulf, Mississippi. View the finding aid »

William A. Cunningham Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters William A. Cunningham wrote when he was in Arkansas with the 3rd Illinois Cavalry. Cunningham enlisted with Company C of the 3rd Illinois Cavalry on August 12, 1862. He held the rank of private and was approximately nineteen years old. William A. Cunningham died December 12, 1862, at Helena, Arkansas.
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James B. Currie letter

This collection contains a letter written to the military governor of Arkansas by James B. Currie of Woodruff County on behalf of one of his employees, a former slave. View the finding aid »

Edward Richardson Dale Civil War Letters

This collection consists of transcriptions of correspondence of the family of Edward Richardson Dale. Dale served as assistant quartermaster with the 77th Ohio Infantry from August 1862 to August 1864. The unit served in Alton, Illinois, until August 1863, guarding the Arkansas Federal Military Prison. It was then ordered to Helena, Arkansas, and took part in the capture of Little Rock in September 1863. In the spring of 1864, it took part in Steele's Camden Expedition. Dale received a disability discharge in August 1864. View the finding aid »

Rufus Daley Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written by Rufus Daley while he was serving with the 11th/17th Consolidated Regiment, Arkansas Infantry. Daley served for three months with the Pope Walker Guards, formed in Van Buren, Arkansas, in May 1861. When he was mustered out of that unit in September 1861, he enlisted in the 17th Arkansas Infantry. He was with the 11th/17th Arkansas when it surrendered on May 4, 1865. View the finding aid »

George B. Dane Civil War diary

This collection contains a diary kept during 1862 and 1863 by Sergeant George B. Dane of Company E, 26th Indiana Volunteers. View the finding aid »

Rufus W. Daniel Civil War diary

This collection contains a photocopy of a diary kept by Rufus W. Daniel, of Princeton, Arkansas, of Company C, 6th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. View the finding aid »

Edward H. Daugherty Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Edward H. Daugherty while serving at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, with the 28th Wisconsin Infantry. Daugherty was working with his father as a painter when he enlisted in the 28th Wisconsin Infantry on August 20, 1862. He was mustered out on August 23, 1865, at Brownsville, Texas. View the finding aid »

Nelson Davenport Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by Nelson Davenport, a private in Company G of the 34th Iowa Infantry, to his wife, while he was stationed in Helena, Arkansas. He enlisted in the 34th Iowa Infantry and was mustered in on October 15, 1862. He died of smallpox in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 20, 1863. View the finding aid »

Elias Davison Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Elias Davison of Cedar County, Missouri, during the Civil War. Davison registered for the draft in Dade County, Missouri, in November 1863, but apparently he was not called to serve. View the finding aid »

Josiah H. Demby Collection

This collection contains correspondence and other material related to the military service of Josiah H. Demby during and after the Civil War. View the finding aid »

John P. DeMerit Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by John P. DeMerit while he was serving in the quartermaster's office with the 29th Wisconsin Infantry in 1862, with notes added by him in 1900. On August 15, 1862, John P. DeMerit enlisted in Company S of the 29th Wisconsin Infantry. He served in the quartermaster's office for the regiment and was eventually promoted to quartermaster. He was mustered out June 22, 1865. After the war, he returned to Vermont, and in 1870 was ordained a minister in the Congregational Church. View the finding aid »

William W. DeMoss Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by William W. DeMoss while he served with the 46th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. William DeMoss enlisted as a corporal in Company K of the 46th Ohio Infantry on November 18, 1861. He was promoted to first lieutenant before the end of the war, and was mustered out on July 22, 1865, at Louisville, Kentucky. He returned to Ohio after the war. View the finding aid »

DeValls Bluff Provost Marshal broadside

This collection contains a broadside listing the instructions for those serving on guard duty at the post in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, in the Spring of 1864.
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Paul Dolle Civil War Collection

This collection consists of copies of items from the Civil War collection of Paul Dolle. Dolle collected various items including photographs and letters dating from the Civil War until the early 20th century. His collection contains both Union and Confederate materials.
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James M. Doughty Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by James M. Doughty while he served with the 21st Arkansas Infantry. On October 26, 1861, James M. Doughty enlisted in Company K of the 14th (later the 21st) Arkansas Infantry. He served through the end of the war, including some time spent as a prisoner of war. He returned to his family in Tennessee after the war but the entire family, including his parents, relocated to Izard County, Arkansas, about 1868. View the finding aid »

John J. Dupuy Collection

This collection consists of a letter and a card written by John J. Dupuy at Marion, Arkansas, just prior to Arkansas's decision to secede. Dupuy briefly practiced law in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and moved to Crittenden County, Arkansas, in early 1861. He served as a private in the 4th Tennessee Volunteers. In 1863 he was promoted to lieutenant and served as adjutant of the 12th Arkansas Sharpshooters. Following the war, he settled in Hardeman County, Tennessee. View the finding aid »

Samuel A. Eldridge Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Samuel A. Eldridge while he served with the 3rd Minnesota Infantry. Samuel A. Eldridge was born in Rhode Island in 1842. He enlisted November 1, 1861, in Company E of the Third Minnesota Infantry, and reenlisted on December 20, 1863. He died August 7, 1864, at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. View the finding aid »

11th United States Colored Infantry Materials

This collection contains correspondence and records of enlistments, refugees, ordnance, and other supplies. The 11th United States Colored Infantry was organized in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on December 19, 1863. The unit saw action at Fort Smith on August 24, moved to Little Rock in November 1864, saw action at Boggs' Mill on January 24, 1865, and served at Little Rock and Lewisburg, Arkansas. The 11th USCT (old) was consolidated with the 112th and 113th (old) to form the 113th United States Colored Troops (new). View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

Samuel H. Emerson Memoirs

The collection contains Samuel H. Emerson's memoir of the Civil War. Emerson served in the 3rd Arkansas Infantry (C.S.A.) during the Civil War. The company, called the Hot Spring County Hornets, organized from May to June 1861. On June 24, 1861, the unit departed from the county. They arrived at Lynchburg, Virginia, on July 5, 1861, where they met up with other companies to organize into the 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment. The 3rd Arkansas was a part of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. Samuel H. Emerson was paroled on April 9, 1865. View the finding aid »

Joseph G. Farr Civil War Collection

This collection contains letters written by 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Farr while serving with the 24th Arkansas Infantry and in the months following the end of the war. Farr enlisted on February 20, 1862, in a unit that later became Company I in the 24th Arkansas Infantry. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on August 25, 1862. The unit took part in the Battle of Arkansas Post in January 1863. He was captured along with a large portion of the regiment. He escaped and rejoined his unit. He suffered a gunshot wound to his right hand in July 1864 and resigned his commission on October 12, 1864. View the finding aid »

Reminiscences of Lewis Percival Fay

This collection contains the written reminiscences of Lewis Percival Fay, who served with the Bossier Rangers of Louisiana during the Civil War. Fay was the owner of both a gristmill and sawmill when the war began. He did not immediately join the military when the Civil War started because his community wanted him to stay to grind corn for the soldiers' families. However, he voluntarily enlisted in the third year of the war rather than be conscripted. He returned home to continue operation of his mills after the war. In 1932, his reminiscences were recorded in writing by his daughter, Ida Fay Mott. View the finding aid »

Benjamin J. Field Collection

This collection consists of Field family correspondence. When the Civil War broke out, Benjamin Johnson Field was serving in the Capital Guards, Little Rock's local militia company. His unit was mustered into the 6th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on May 10, 1862. Shortly thereafter, he was discharged and returned to Arkansas where he was made an ordnance officer in General William Cabell's brigade. In September 1864, he was promoted to major and became Cabell's assistant adjutant general.
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5th Kansas Cavalry Broadside

This collection consists of a broadside printed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, ten days after the Battle of Pine Bluff. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

15th Illinois Cavalry letter

This collection contains a letter written by an unidentified member of the 15th Illinois Cavalry to his cousin.

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54th U.S. Colored Infantry collection

This collection contains two quartermaster documents from the 54th United States Colored Infantry.

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56th U.S. Colored Infantry collection

This collection contains a certificate of pay received by Lieutenant W. O. Kretzinger [aka Kretsinger] of the 56th United States Colored Infantry.

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1st Arkansas Cavalry (US) Materials

The collection consists of documents relating to the service of the 1st Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.) and the 6th Missouri Cavalry. The 1st Arkansas Cavalry was mustered into service in July 1862. The unit performed poorly in its first battle at Prairie Grove, and was ordered to garrison Fayetteville. On April 18, 1863, Confederate forces attacked the Union garrison at Fayetteville. The victory was a great boost for the Union cause in Arkansas. After that battle, the unit escorted wagon trains, conducted patrols, and skirmished with guerrillas on an almost daily basis. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

1st Nebraska Cavalry collection

This collection consists of two documents dated 1864 reporting stores expended or lost in action by Company D, 1st Nebraska Cavalry. The actions recorded in this collection took place in the Batesville area in January and February 1864. One of the documents relates to the foraging party that was attacked in the skirmish at Waugh's Farm on February 19, 1864. View the finding aid »

John M. Fleming Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Lieutenant John M. Fleming while he was serving with the 33rd Arkansas Infantry. Fleming lived in Clark County, Arkansas, at the time the war broke out. He enlisted on June 14, 1862, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and was initially recruited for Company C of the 5th Arkansas Battalion. He transferred to Company E of the 33rd Arkansas Infantry and was elected 2nd lieutenant. He resigned on March 26, 1864, due to chronic hepatitis. View the finding aid »

46th United States Colored Infantry Materials

This collection consists of documents related to the 46th United States Colored Infantry. The 1st Arkansas Infantry (African Descent) was organized in April and May of 1863. In May 1864, it came under the Bureau of Colored Troops and was designated the 46th United States Colored Infantry. The unit served at Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, and at Vicksburg, Mississippi, before moving to New Orleans in February 1865. In May 1865, it moved to Brownsville, Texas, where it was mustered out on January 30, 1866. View the finding aid »

Jefferson Alvis Fowler Civil War Collection

The collection contains transcriptions from Jefferson A. Fowler's diary. Fowler enlisted on June 24, 1861, as a private with Company A of the 3rd Regiment Confederate Infantry. He recorded military events in his pocket diary reportedly from April 29 to November 29, 1864. On June 21, 1864, Fowler received a gunshot wound to his right hand resulting in the loss of his index finger. A few months later, he was captured with his regiment, but released following a prison exchange. P.W. Cooper, a friend and comrade, recorded in the diary that Fowler was killed on November 30, 1864 at Franklin, Tennessee. View the finding aid »

Benjamin Fullager Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Benjamin Fullager. He enlisted at Sparta, Wisconsin, on October 21, 1861, for duty as a wagoner in Company A of the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry. He was promoted to quartermaster sergeant on October 20, 1862. His unit took part in the capture of Van Buren, Arkansas. Shortly before the close of the war, he was promoted to the rank of captain and transferred to Company K of the unit. View the finding aid »

Address of Colonel John A. Garrett

This collection contains an address to his troops by Col. John A. Garrett, commander of the 40th Iowa Infantry Infantry, following the Camden Expedition and the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. View the finding aid »

J. L. Gates Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by J. L. Gates. He served as an enlisted man in the Union army in a unit stationed in Little Rock during 1863-1864.
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Robert C. Gilliam Civil War Letters

The collection consists of personal correspondence between Robert C. Gilliam and his wife. In November 1863, Gilliam enlisted as a private with Company A of the 50th Arkansas Militia. He later served in Pettus' Battalion Arkansas State Troops as 1st lieutenant. Gilliam wrote about camp news, instructions to his African American slaves, and the operation of the farm during his absence. In the last letter, he describes an encounter near Camden, Arkansas, with a Union foraging party, the capture of 240 wagons, and the death of 300-400 African American soldiers. Gilliam was killed in battle at Marks' Mill on April 25, 1864. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

Nathan Goodfellow Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by Nathan B. Goodfellow while serving with the 3rd Michigan Cavalry in Arkansas. Goodfellow enlisted in Company H of the 3rd Michigan Cavalry in November 1861, and re-enlisted in November 1864. He was mustered out on February 12, 1866, at San Antonio, Texas. View the finding aid »

John R. Graton Dale Civil War Letters

This collection contains correspondence between Capt. John R. Graton of Lawrence, Kansas, and his wife Adelaide, during the years he served in Company C of the First Kansas Volunteer Infantry (Colored). It also includes a letter to Graton from his banker in Lawrence. View the finding aid »

Harvey Gray Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Cpl. Harvey Gray of Company D of the 25th Illinois Infantry, following the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and a transcription of the letter. Harvey Gray, a resident of Dallas, Illinois, enlisted in the 25th Illinois Infantry on June 1, 1861. He was mustered in for three years on August 4, 1861. After serving more than two years, he was wounded in battle and died April 29, 1864, in St. Louis, Missouri.
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William H. H. Grimes Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by William H. H. Grimes while serving with the 50th Indiana Infantry at Little Rock, Arkansas. Grimes enlisted in Company A of the 50th Indiana Infantry in October 1861. He re-enlisted in March 1864, and later was transferred to the 52nd Indiana Infantry. He mustered out with that unit on September 10, 1865. View the finding aid »

Wesley C. Hall Civil War Collection

This collection contains an original diary kept by Wesley Clark Hall while serving in Company A of the 9th Missouri Infantry in Missouri and Arkansas. Hall was born in Greene County, Missouri, on March 16, 1836. He was working in Fulton, Missouri, as a carriage maker when the Civil War broke out. On September 4, 1861, Hall joined Sterling Price's Missouri State Guard, which later merged into the Confederate Army of the West. Hall served until the end of the war in Company A of the 9th Missouri Infantry.
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James C. Hanlin Civil War letter

This collection contains one letter written by Sergeant James C. Hanlin of the 1st Indiana Cavalry to his sister.

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Daniel G. Harrington Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Daniel G. Harrington while he was serving with the 2nd Missouri Cavalry in Little Rock, Arkansas. Harrington enlisted at Battle Creek on August 28, 1861, and was mustered into the 2nd Missouri Cavalry (known as Merrill's Horse) on September 6, 1861. He was later promoted to sergeant. On January 5, 1864, he re-enlisted at Brownsville, Arkansas, as a veteran volunteer with the rank of 1st sergeant.
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Edwin E. Harris Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written by Colonel Edwin E. Harris of the 9th Missouri Infantry to his wife. View the finding aid »

Edward M. Harriss Civil War Letter

This letter consists of a letter written by Edward M. Harriss while he served with the 81st Illinois Infantry. Harriss enlisted in August 1862 in Company A of the 81st Illinois Infantry. He returned to Perry County, Illinois, after the war. View the finding aid »

John T. Hayes Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by John T. Hayes while serving with the 23rd Missouri Infantry. Hayes enlisted on October 18, 1861, and mustered into Company F of the 23rd Missouri Infantry on November 22, 1861, at Chillicothe, Missouri. He served for three years and was mustered out in Savannah, Georgia, on December 29, 1864.
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Thomas Helm Collection

This collection contains a description of the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, written in 1886 by Thomas M. Helm of the 1st Kansas Light Artillery. In 1856, Thomas Helm moved with his parents to Douglas County, Kansas, in the area that came to be known as "Bleeding Kansas." Thomas served for three years in the Kansas First Light Artillery from August 1861 to September 1864. View the finding aid »

Hezekiah H. Helphrey Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Hezekiah H. Helphrey while his unit, Company G of the 96th Ohio Infantry, was on a steamboat at Napoleon, Arkansas. Helphrey enlisted on August 1, 1862, in Company G of the 96th Ohio Infantry. He died of disease on April 11, 1863, at Miliken's Bend, Louisiana. View the finding aid »

Hempstead County Destitute Families of Confederate Soldiers Account Book

This collection consists of a handmade account book prepared by M. W. McGill to record his distribution of supplies to destitute family members of Confederate soldiers. In March 1862, the Arkansas General Assembly passed a law allowing counties to levy taxes to provide support for indigent families of serving Confederate soldiers. The following month, the Hempstead County Court passed an ordinance to that effect and appointed commissioners in each township to oversee the process. McGill was one of three commissioners appointed for Redland Township. View the finding aid »

Address of Brigadier General Francis J. Herron

This collection contains a message written on December 10, 1862, by Brigadier General Francis J. Herron to those troops who served under him at the Battle of Prairie Grove.
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Jacob Himes Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written by Jacob M. Himes of the 33rd Iowa Infantry while serving in Little Rock. Himes enlisted in the 33rd Iowa Infantry on October 4, 1862, and served through the end of the war. He was mustered out on July 17, 1865.
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Mahlon Hockett Civil War Letters

This collection contains two letters written by Mahlon Hockett to his wife, Eliza, while serving as a sailor on USS Carondelet. On August 22, 1862, Mahlon volunteered at Cincinnati, Ohio, to serve in the gunboat service. He was assigned first to New National, a wooden side-wheel transport ship, and later to USS Carondelet, an ironclad river gunboat that patrolled and fought on the Mississippi River. He became ill from the effects of the climate and was transferred in March 1863 to USS Red Rover, the U.S. Navy's first hospital ship. He died on April 26, 1863. View the finding aid »

William V. Hoisington Civil War Letters

This collection contains letters written by William V. Hoisington during his service with Company F of the 33rd Iowa Regiment. Hoisington enlisted in Company F of the 33rd Iowa Infantry in August 1862, and served as a private for the duration of the war. He was mustered out on May 28, 1865, at Greenville, Louisiana. View the finding aid »

Theophilus Holmes Papers

This collection contains photocopies of materials found in the Theophilus Holmes Papers at the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University. On June 5, 1861, Holmes was appointed brigadier general in the Confederate army. In July 1862, he was ordered to Little Rock to take command of the Trans-Mississippi Department. Following several reversals within the department, he was demoted to commander of the District of Arkansas. In January 1864, Holmes resigned from this position and returned to North Carolina, where he was placed in command of reserve troops. View the finding aid »

Timothy Horrigan Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by Timothy Horrigan while he was serving with the 13th Illinois Infantry at Helena, Arkansas. Horrigan enlisted as a private in Company I of the 13th Illinois Infantry on May 24, 1861. He served until the end of the war and mustered out on May 29, 1865. View the finding aid »

Peter Hotze Civil War Diary

The collection contains the diary of Peter Hotze of the 6th Arkansas Infantry. An immigrant from Austria, Hotze moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1959. He enlisted in Little Rock on June 3, 1861, with Company A of the 6th Arkansas Infantry. He recorded entries into his diary from June 18, 1861 to April 4, 1862 in reference to military events and the exchange of correspondence with his brother Konrad (Conrad) Hotze. He was later wounded and taken prisoner at the battle of Franklin in Tennessee in 1864 and remained a prisoner at Camp Chase, Ohio, for the duration of the war. View the finding aid »

Peter Houser Civil War Letters

The collection consists of letters written by Peter Houser back to his brother, Dock, in Illinois. The documents relate to his experiences in Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana while serving in those states. Peter Houser enlisted in Company B of the 94th Illinois Infantry in August 1862, and fought at the Battle of Prairie Grove and the Siege of Vicksburg. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps in 1864 and was discharged in July 1864, due to illness. View the finding aid »

John B Howard Civil War Letters

This collection contains twenty-four letters written by John B. Howard, a private in the 24th Iowa Infantry. The letters were written from Helena and St. Charles, Arkansas, between October 1862 and April 1863. They include descriptions of activities in the town and the fort as well as reports of expeditions to surrounding areas. He died of disease on June 18, 1863, and is buried at the Vicksburg National Cemetery. View the finding aid »

William F. Howard Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by William F. Howard while he served with the 59th Illinois Infantry. Howard joined Company D of the 59th Illinois Infantry on August 7, 1861. He was discharged on January 23, 1863, due to disability. View the finding aid »

William H. and Mary E. McLean Howard Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by William H. Howard while he served with the 4th Iowa Cavalry, by other family members, and by a fellow soldier. Howard enlisted on December 29, 1861, in Company H of the 4th Iowa Cavalry. Following his re-enlistment in December 1863, he transferred to Company K, and he was mustered out at Atlanta, Georgia, on August 8, 1865. View the finding aid »

Almon Hunter Civil War Letters

This collection contains a letter written to his mother by Almon Hunter of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry while his company was camped near Jenny Lind, Arkansas. View the finding aid »

Andrew J. Huntoon Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Andrew J. Huntoon while he served with the 5th Kansas Cavalry. Huntoon trained as a physician, but only practiced briefly. He and his brother moved west from Pennsylvania to Topeka, Kansas, drawn by the Free State movement. He enlisted with the 5th Kansas Cavalry in 1861, and was appointed assistant surgeon. After the war, he operated a livery stable in Shawnee County, Kansas. View the finding aid »

Thomas V. Huston Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written to a family friend, Nancy DeWitt, by Thomas V. Huston of Company G of the 4th Iowa, while the regiment was stationed at Helena, Arkansas. Thomas V. Huston was born about 1835, in Franklin County, Indiana, to John and Ann DeWitt Huston. In 1859, he bought land in Ringgold County, Iowa, and was farming there at the beginning of the Civil War. He enlisted July 4, 1861, in Company G of the 4th Iowa Infantry, and was mustered in on August 15, 1861, at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri. After fighting at the Battle of Pea Ridge, his unit was stationed at Helena, Arkansas. View the finding aid »

Robert T. Jellison Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Robert T. Jellison while serving with the 13th Kansas Infantry. As a teenager, Jellison worked as a farmhand in Missouri and Kansas. He enlisted in the 13th Kansas Infantry on August 19, 1862, and served until the unit mustered out on June 26, 1865. View the finding aid »

George N. Johnson Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter dated August 9, 1865, written at Little Rock, Ark., by Captain George N. Johnson of the 18th Illinois Infantry to his friend Clara View the finding aid »

Robert Ward Johnson Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Robert Ward Johnson while he represented Arkansas in the Confederate senate. Johnson, a native of Kentucky, was an attorney in Little Rock, and a political leader in the state of Arkansas. Having served as both a congressman and a senator before secession, he represented the state in the Confederate senate. Following the war, he briefly fled to Texas, but later returned to Little Rock and the practice of law. View the finding aid »

Dudley E. Jones Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written in March 1863 by Dudley Emerson Jones of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry while he was stationed in Helena, Arkansas. Jones enlisted in the 3rd Iowa Cavalry when it was formed in 1861 and was later stationed at Helena and Little Rock. Following the end of the war, he moved his family to Little Rock. He served as the first president of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce when it was formed in 1866 and was appointed a trustee for the Arkansas Industrial University, now the University of Arkansas in 1874. View the finding aid »

Theodore P. Kellogg Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Theodore P. Kellogg of the 13th Illinois Infantry while he was stationed in Helena, Arkansas. Kellogg enlisted May 24, 1861, at the age of 16, and was mustered into Company I of the 13th Illinois Infantry. He re-enlisted on January 29, 1864, and was transferred to the 56th Illinois Infantry. He mustered out at Little Rock, Arkansas, on August 12, 1865. View the finding aid »

Newton D. Kelly Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written by Newton D. Kelly of the 1st Nebraska Cavalry while he was serving at DeValls Bluff, Arkansas. Kelly enlisted in Company F of the 1st Nebraska Infantry, later the 1st Nebraska Cavalry, at Omaha, Nebraska Territory, on June 24, 1861. He was appointed corporal on January 5, 1862. He was discharged on November 10, 1864, because his term of service had expired. Following the war, he farmed in Iowa.
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John Kenyon Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by John Kenyon while he served with the 28th Wisconsin Infantry. By 1860, Kenyon lived with his family on a farm in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. He enlisted on August 30, 1862, in Company F of the 28th Wisconsin Infantry. He received a disability discharge on May 31, 1865. View the finding aid »

Nathan H. Kimble Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter written by Nathan H. Kimble of the 47th Indiana Infantry.

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Knight-Cobb Family Collection

This collection contains photocopies of letters and other documents from several families of Clay County, Arkansas, during the nineteenth century. Several of the letters and other documents relate to the Civil War. View the finding aid »

Dewitt C. Krone Civil War Collection

This collection consists of transcriptions of letters by DeWitt Clinton Krone and his brother Duquesne H. Krone as well as a narrative describing the Red River Campaign. DeWitt Clinton Krone enlisted in Company E of the 41st Illinois Infantry on December 4, 1862, and served until July 22, 1865. Shortly after the war, he moved to Kansas, where he was a farmer and a prominent community leader. View the finding aid »

Jed Lake Civil War Letter

The collection contains a letter from Jed Lake, who served in the Union Army. By 1860, Lake was a lawyer living in Independence, Iowa. On August 2, 1862, at the age of thirty-two, Lake enlisted as a 1st lieutenant in the Company C of the 27th Iowa Infantry. He mustered out of service as a colonel on August 8, 1865, in Clinton, Iowa. View the finding aid »

Jasper N. Lane Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Jasper Lane of the 12th Kansas Infantry, while the unit was stationed at Fort Smith. Lane lived in Ottumwa, Kansas, when he enlisted in Company F of the 12th Kansas Infantry. He served through the end of the war and was mustered out with the regiment on June 3, 1865, at Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Ledger Book, U.S. Army Quartermaster, Little Rock, Arkansas

The ledger contains the record of individuals employed for services related to the operation of the Little Rock to DeValls Bluff portion of the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad in 1865. Tracks were completed from North Little Rock to DeValls Bluff on the west and from Hopefield, opposite Memphis, to the St. Francis River on the east. During Federal occupation, the railroad and related services were operated as the U.S. Military Railroad. Following the end of the war, supervision was transferred to the quartermaster in Memphis.
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William O. Lee Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by William O. Lee while he served with the 1st Iowa Cavalry. A resident of Madison County, Iowa, Lee enlisted in Company D of the 1st Iowa Cavalry on June 13, 1861, and served until September 9, 1864. He lived in central Iowa for many years after the war. View the finding aid »

Daniel C. Leming Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter by Daniel C. Leming of the 19th Iowa Infanty to his parents.
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David D. Lewis Civil War letter

This collection consists of a letter written by David D. Lewis while he served with the 13th Kansas Infantry. Lewis was born in Pennsylvania and later became a farmer in Kansas. He enlisted in Company E of the 13th Kansas Volunteer Infantry on August 28, 1862.
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John W. Lewis Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter written at Camden, Ark., by Captain John W. Lewis to Mrs. Cara Peyton. View the finding aid »

John L. Logan Civil War Collection

This collection contains a letter written by Capt. John L. Logan from a Federal prisoner of war camp in Columbus, Ohio, and a biography of him written by Eunice Arnold in 1924. Logan enlisted in Company B of the Camden Knights of Ouachita County on July 1, 1861, and was elected captain. This unit later became part of the 11th Arkansas Infantry. During his service, Logan was promoted to full colonel. View the finding aid »

William A. Louks Civil War letters

This collection consists of letters written by William A. Louks while he served with the 56th Ohio Infantry. Louks enlisted on September 25, 1861, in Company A of the 56th Ohio Infantry. He serving through May 8, 1866. He returned to Gallia County, Ohio, where he farmed.
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James G. MacDonald Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by James G. MacDonald while he served with the Helena Light Artillery Battery. MacDonald first served with Auston's Battery of Arkansas Light Artillery, and was discharged when the unit disbanded in the late summer of 1862. In February 1863, he enlisted in Calvert's Battery of the Helena Light Artillery. He was serving with the unit at the headquarters of the Army of Tennessee at Tullahoma, Tennessee, when he wrote this letter. View the finding aid »

Louisa Mallory letters

This collection contains letters written by Louisa Mallory at the Freedmen's Bureau Farm, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to her son LeRoy in McHenry County, Illinois View the finding aid »

Van H. Manning Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Major Van H. Manning while stationed with the 3rd Arkansas Infantry (C.S.A.) at Camp Mason, Virginia. In May 1861, Manning and Dr. W. H. Tebbs recruited and organized the 3rd Arkansas Infantry (C.S.A.). The unit was initially turned down for service in the regular Confederate Army, but was accepted with the intervention of Arkansan Albert Rust. The unit served through the end of the war. Manning was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of the Wilderness and spent the last year of the war as a prisoner. View the finding aid »

John N. Marshall Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter in poem form written by John N. Marshall to his twelve year old son, James A. Marshall. View the finding aid »

William H. Masterson Civil War Collection

This collection consists of a letter written by William Masterson while serving with the 10th Illinois Cavalry and a tintype of Masterson. Masterson worked on his family's farm in Illinois before the war. He first enlisted in the 10th Illinois Cavalry on November 25, 1861, and re-enlisted on December 12, 1863. View the finding aid »

Samuel H. McClellan Civil War letter

This collection contains one letter written by Union soldier Samuel H. McClellan to his mother Nancy. View the finding aid »

William D. McCord Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by William D. McCord while serving with the 37th Illinois Infantry. As a young man, McCord worked as a farm hand in Illinois, where he became active in forming a Presbyterian congregation. He enlisted in Company E of the 37th Illinois Infantry on September 20, 1861. He mustered out on September 29, 1864, and returned to Illinois. View the finding aid »

William R. McCrary Civil War Diary

The collection contains transcriptions from the diary of William R. McCrary of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. In 1862, McCrary enlisted in Company I of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. He began his diary in the spring of 1863 while entrenched in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He had optimistically hoped for reinforcement, but eventually became discouraged as the regiment suffered continued bombardment and a scarcity of rations. On July 3-4, 1863, a truce and surrender was negotiated. McCrary was paroled on July 7 and soon made his way home to Columbus on a thirty-day furlough. View the finding aid »

Rollin S. Meacham Civil War Letter

This collection consists of one letter written by Rollin S. Meacham while serving as a commissary clerk at a camp on the White River in Arkansas. Meacham was living in Pittsford, Vermont, when he signed up as a commissary clerk for the Union army.
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Roger Q. Mills Civil War letter

This collection contains four pages of a letter by Colonel Roger Q. Mills of the 10th Texas Infantry, addressed "Dear General." The letter ends in mid-sentence, and the signature page is missing. Background research identifies Colonel Mills as the author and his father-in-law, Henry Jones, whose informal title related to his service in the home militia, as the recipient. A partial transcription of the letter is included. View the finding aid »

John A. Mitchell Civil War Letters

The collection consists of letters written by John A. Mitchell while he was in Arkansas. He enlisted in the 18th Iowa Infantry on August 9, 1863. Shortly thereafter, his unit moved to Springfield, Missouri, where it operated until the fall of 1863. The regiment was transferred to Fort Smith in October 1863. While there, it performed garrison duty before being sent south to participate in General Frederick Steele's Camden Expedition. After that campaign, the regiment returned to Fort Smith. It mustered out at Little Rock on July 20, 1865.
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Asa S. Morgan Civil War Letters

The collection consists of letters written by Asa S. Morgan to his wife in Arkansas. The letters relate his experiences during the war while his regiment was stationed in Virginia. On May 17, 1861, he was appointed captain of Company A of the 1st Arkansas Infantry (C.S.A.). The regiment first served in Virginia, but later transferred to the Western Theater. Morgan returned to Arkansas during the spring of 1862 and subsequently raised another unit for Confederate service. After the war, Morgan returned to farming in Union County and served for a time as a state legislator. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

John Morrison Civil War Collection

This collection consists of letters by members of the 40th Iowa Infantry. John Morrison was mustered into the 40th Iowa Infantry as a 1st lieutenant on November 15, 1862. He became ill while the unit was serving in Helena, Arkansas, in the summer of 1863. His illness progressed to the point that his commanding officer requested that he be sent home so that he could receive proper care. He officially resigned his commission on March 3, 1864, and died on April 24, 1864. View the finding aid »

Munger Family Civil War Collection

This collection contains the personal correspondence and photographs of the Munger family during the Civil War. Solomon V. Munger, a thirty-eight-year-old farmer, enlisted in 1862. Due to recruitment and organizational difficulties, two companies of Michigan men, which included Solomon Munger, sought service in the 2nd Missouri Cavalry. In the summer of 1863, the unit moved into Arkansas, where it participated in the Little Rock Campaign and later the Camden Expedition. In February 1864, Solomon's son, Hiram, enlisted in the Union army against his father's wishes. Hiram joined his father in Arkansas. View the finding aid »

John Myers Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters by or related to John Myers while he was serving with the 28th Iowa Infantry. John Myers and his brother Samuel both enlisted in Company F of the 28th Iowa Infantry on August 16, 1862. The regiment was stationed at Helena, Arkansas, through the first half of 1863 and took part in skirmishes and battles in the area. They were in the trenches at Vicksburg during the siege. John became ill during July 1863 and died on August 14, 1863. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

Robert H. Neil Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a a letter written by Robert Neil while he was serving with the 10th Texas Cavalry Battalion. Neil joined Company C of the 10th Texas Cavalry Battalion on October 22, 1862. This battalion was later combined with the 9th Cavalry Battalion to form the 5th Texas Partisan Rangers. Following the war, Neil returned to Texas. View the finding aid »

Newton Family Collection

This collection consists of a logbook kept by William A. Newton while he served with the quartermaster of the 33rd Arkansas Infantry, as well as correspondence and documents of the Newton Family. William A. Newton enlisted in Company A of the 33rd Arkansas Infantry on July 30, 1862. After the war, he returned to Columbia County, where he farmed.
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Julius H. Norton Civil War Materials

This collection contains materials associated with the 4th Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.). On October 15, 1864, Julius Norton was discharged from Company H of the 15th Illinois Cavalry and subsequently transferred to Company D of the 4th Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.). With the transfer came Norton's promotion from private to the rank of captain. The 4th Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.), was organized in Little Rock in December 1863. The regiment as a whole was not involved in any large-scale campaigns. Many of the individual companies were detached at various times and employed in garrison duty or sent on reconnaissance missions. View the finding aid »

Benjamin Palmer Collection

This collection contains the Civil War correspondence of Benjamin Palmer. Palmer enlisted in Company A of the 29th Iowa Infantry Regiment on August 11, 1862. The regiment was organized at Camp Dodge, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and mustered into service on December 1, 1862. The regiment soon left for Missouri, where it was stationed at Benton Barracks. In January 1863, the unit arrived at Helena, Arkansas. The regiment spent most of its time in Arkansas until February 1865, when it was sent to assist in the campaign against Mobile, Alabama. Palmer received a disability discharge on May 31, 1865. View the finding aid »

David Patrick Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter written by Private David Patrick of the 40th Iowa Infantry to his mother.

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General Mosby M. Parson's order books

This collection consists of two order books of the 1st Missouri Brigade of Parsons's Division, CSA, and some related documents. One book contains an 8-page history of Parsons's Brigade from the time it was formed in January 1863 until after the Red River Campaign, June 1864. During the period covered by the entries in the books, the brigade was at Three Creeks, Arkansas, and later in Washington, Arkansas. They were written largely by the brigader's assistant inspector general, Lieutenant Jedediah Waldo. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

Ebenezer S. Peake Civil War Collection

This collection consists of wartime correspondence between Chaplain Ebenezer S. Peake of the 28th Wisconsin Infantry and his wife, general correspondence and documents, pocket diaries and photographs. Ebenezer Steele Peake was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1852. After serving for six years in a mission to the Chippewa Indians, he enlisted in the 28th Wisconsin Infantry and was appointed chaplain. He was mustered out on August 23, 1865. View the finding aid »

Henry Phillips Civil War Letters

This collection contains letters written by Henry T. Phillips while he served with the 47th Iowa Infantry. Phillips was born in Indiana about 1845 and moved to Iowa with his family in 1859. He worked with his father in his dry goods store there. In May 1864, he began a 100 day enlistment in the 47th Iowa Infantry. His unit was stationed at Helena, Arkansas, where he worked as a clerk in the commissary. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

C. H. Pidcocke Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by C. H. Pidcocke while serving with the 30th Texas Cavalry in Indian Territory. Charles H. Pidcocke emigrated from England to Texas in about 1850. He enlisted on July 14, 1862, and was mustered in August 11, 1862, in Company B of the 1st Regiment Texas Partisan Rangers, also known the 30th Regiment Texas Cavalry.
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Edward A. Potter Jr. Civil War Collection

The collection consists of biographical materials and letters. Following the outbreak of the Civil War, Edward A. Potter enlisted in Company K of the 1st Illinois Cavalry. This company was detached from the rest of the regiment and served in Missouri and Arkansas during the war. It mustered out of service on December 27, 1862. View the finding aid »

James H. Pratt Letters

This collection consists of letters written by James H. Pratt, one while he served in the quartermaster's office in Little Rock, Arkansas. Pratt enlisted on August 2, 1862, as a lieutenant in the 18th Michigan Infantry serving as quartermaster. In February 1863, he was promoted to captain in the Quartermaster's Department, United States Volunteers, where he served until January 1866. View the finding aid »

John A. Price Civil War Diary

The collection contains the Civil War diary of John A. Price, as well as business transactions of John G. Fletcher. The diary describes the military expeditions of the Arkansas 8th Infantry Regiment in February 1862. In 1861, Price joined the newly created 8th Arkansas Infantry at Jacksonport (Camp Price) and was soon promoted to major. The diary recounts the infantry's retreat from Bowling Green and traverse into Tennessee. Price died at Athens, Alabama, in March 1862. The diary came into the possession of John G. Fletcher, captain of the 6th Arkansas Infantry. View the finding aid »

Price's Missouri Expedition and Other Civil War Materials

This collection consists of photocopies of letters, orders, telegrams, and field returns, primarily from members of the Army of Missouri. The originals are held at the National Archives, in Record Group 109: War Department Collection of Confederate Records, 1825-1900, Entry 450, Boxes 3 and 4. Collection of the official records of the Civil War began as early as 1864. Following the capture of Richmond and the end of the war, the records of the Confederate government also came under the care of the War Department in Washington. The Confederate records were designated the Rebel Archives. View the finding aid »

Daniel G. Prosser Civil War diary

This collection contains a pocket diary kept by Daniel G. Prosser of the 1st Indiana Cavalry from 1862 to 1864. The bulk of the entries are from 1862 and 1863. Other entries include poems he wrote, financial records, and a few entries from the years following the war View the finding aid »

Civil War Letter from Quincy, Illinois

This collection contains a letter written by an unidentified woman to her brother at a time when Civil War units were moving through the city of Quincy, Illinois. This letter, dated April 9, 1862, is signed by Mary, a woman living temporarily in Quincy, Illinois, and addressed to her unnamed brother. While the writer and the receiver cannot be identified, names referenced in the letter identify members of Companies E and H of the 4th Iowa Infantry. The letter describes the departure of one group for the theater of war, and also reports on the experience of three men from Company H at the Battle of Pea Ridge, including injuries sustained. View the finding aid »

Solon A. Rand Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Solon A. Rand while he served with the 2nd Ohio Cavalry. Rand was a teacher before he enlisted in the army in August 1861. He went in as a corporal in the 2nd Ohio Cavalry and he was a captain when he mustered out in September 1865. After the war, he returned to Ohio where he served as postmaster. View the finding aid »

Chaplain Asa B. Randall Civil War Report

This collection consists of a report written by Chaplain Asa Randall about classes established for the troops in the 54th United States Colored Troops, a successor unit to the 2nd Arkansas Infantry (African Descent). The unit was first stationed in Fort Smith, Arkansas, before being ordered to Little Rock, where it remained until all members of the unit were mustered out. Recognizing a need to provide freedmen with an education, Randall established classes. The report describes the structure of the classes and the outcome of these efforts.
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Dick Ransom Civil War Collection

This collection contains transcriptions of letters, mostly written by Richard "Dick" Ransom between November 1862 and March 1863. Ransom enlisted in the Chicago Mercantile Battery on August 7, 1862, and was mustered in on August 29. The unit trained at Camp Douglas near Chicago until November 8, when it departed for Memphis. It served at the Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs and the Battle of Arkansas Post. Ransom suffered from the measles and other illnesses. He received a discharge due to disability on March 24, 1863.
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Lemuel Ratcliff Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Lemuel Ratcliff while serving with the 24th Iowa Infantry. Lemuel Ratcliff was living in Springville, Iowa, when he enlisted in the army. He mustered into Company H of the 24th Iowa Infantry on September 3, 1862. He died of disease at Malta, Ohio, on January 15, 1864. View the finding aid »

John Reed Civil War Letters

The collection consists of letters written by John Reed, in which he discusses military life in Fort Smith, the effect of the war on civilians, and the plight of African Americans. John Reed enlisted in the Union army on July 28, 1862, and was mustered into Company B of the 18th Iowa Infantry. It was organized at Clinton and saw service in Missouri, Arkansas, and Indian Territory. It took an active part in the Camden Expedition and suffered heavy casualties at the battle of Poison Spring. Following that battle, the regiment returned to Fort Smith where it engaged in garrison duty until the end of the war. View the finding aid »

George W. M. Reid Daybook

The collection contains the daybook of Lieutenant George W. M. Reid of Company D of the 1st Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.). Reid enlisted on January 23, 1862, and mustered in on July 10, 1862. The 1st Arkansas Cavalry was organized at Cassville and Springfield, Missouri. Reid was appointed 2nd lieutenant on July 3, 1862, and later promoted to 1st lieutenant. He begins his entries in August 1862 with a march from Springfield to Mt. Vernon, Missouri. In September 1862, his command charged the post at Cassville and took possession. Due to a disability, he resigned from duty and was discharged on January 16, 1863. View the finding aid »

Lyman Richardson Collection

This collection consists of a photograph of Lyman Richardson of the 1st Nebraska Cavalry and receipts from Richardson's work as acting assistant quartermaster in 1864. Following graduation from the University of Michigan, Richardson followed his family to Omaha, Nebraska, where he studied law. Upon enlistment in July 1862, he was elected second lieutenant of Company F of the 1st Nebraska Cavalry. He served through the duration of the war eventually serving on the staff of General Frederick Steele at Little Rock. He remained in Little Rock for three years following the war. View the finding aid »

George L. Rife Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by George L. Rife while he served with the 56th Ohio Infantry. Rife enlisted on November 2, 1861, in Company E of the 56th Ohio Infantry. He died on May 16, 1863, at Champion's Hill, Mississippi. View the finding aid »

James L. Robberson Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by James L. Robberson while he served with the 24th Missouri Infantry. Robberson enlisted on August 5, 1861, and was chosen as second lieutenant in Company A of the 24th Missouri Infantry. He was given command of the company in August 1862, and served through October 14, 1864. He returned to Missouri after the war and studied medicine, practicing first in Missouri, and then in Arizona.
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Jefferson and Mary Burnell Robinson collection

This collection contains the Civil War journal of Dr. Jefferson Robinson. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Robinson withdrew from Rush Medical College. He enlisted in the 52nd Illinois Infantry Regiment on September 11, 1861. In March 1864, he was promoted to hospital steward and was transferred to the 2nd Arkansas Colored Infantry Regiment at Helena, which was later designated the 54th United States Colored Infantry. He was later transferred to Little Rock, where he served at the post hospital. He mustered out in August 1866. After the war, Robinson returned to college and graduated in 1867. View the finding aid »

Rock Hotel Hospital Materials

This collection contains materials associated with the Rock Hotel Hospital, which operated in Little Rock during the Civil War. Materials dealing with the patients are also included. During the Civil War, the Rock Hotel was converted into a military hospital by Confederate authorities. The location of the hotel within the city is unknown. It is unclear exactly when the hospital was established, but the earliest records in the collection date from November 1862. It appears to have been in existence until at least August 1863. The Union army captured Little Rock the following month. View the finding aid »

James S. Rogers Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written by James S. Rogers while serving with the 3rd Iowa Cavalry at Little Rock, Arkansas. Rogers had an infant daughter when the first call for troops went out in 1861. When the second call went out in 1862, Rogers enlisted as a replacement in the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. He joined the regiment at Lebanon, Missouri, in October 1862. Shortly after re-enlisting in January 1864, he became ill and was sent home. He died in Wayne County, Iowa, on March 10, 1864. View the finding aid »

Logan H. Roots Collection

This collection contains a letter written to Logan H. Roots and a ledger kept by Roots in his work in the commissary in the Civil War. He worked on a railroad construction corps as a teenager, and attended Illinois State Normal University. After he graduated in 1862, he enlisted in the 81st Illinois Infantry. As part of the Quartermaster Corps, he traveled with General Sherman on his march through Georgia. Roots came with Sherman after the war to take part in reconstruction in Arkansas, leaving the army in 1866. Roots stayed in Arkansas, and became active in the business and political community. He died in 1893. View the finding aid »

Oran W. Rowland Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by Oran W. Rowland while he served in the 3rd Michigan Cavalry. Rowland enlisted on September 17, 1861. He was married on September 22, 1861, and on October 3, he was mustered into Company C of the 3rd Michigan Cavalry. In nearly four years of service, he was promoted from sergeant to captain. Following his discharge on June 6, 1865, he returned to Michigan. View the finding aid »

Fred Russell Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Frederick William Russell while working at a military hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Fred Russell worked as a clerk and hospital orderly with his father, Ira Russell, during the Civil War. Following the war, he completed his medical education and joined his father's practice in Winchendon, Massachusetts.
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William F. Schafer Civil War Letters

This collection contains thirty-nine letters or fragments of letters written by William F. Schafer of the 46th Indiana Infantry to his wife and one letter written to Schafer by his sister Anna. View the finding aid »

James Scott Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by James Scott while he was serving with the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry at Arkansas Post. Scott, the son of Irish immigrants, lived in Wisconsin, where he farmed and also worked as a carpenter. He enlisted in Company B of the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry on August 11, 1862. He was discharged due to disability on April 3, 1863. View the finding aid »

2nd Arkansas Cavalry collection

This collection contains a letter from Colonel John E. Phelps at Cassville, Missouri, to Brigadier General Thomas Ewing Jr., commander of the District of the Border, at Kansas City, Missouri. View the finding aid »

2nd Kansas Cavalry collection

The unit participated in most of the major battles in Arkansas, from Cane Hill and Prairie Grove in the fall of 1862, through Poison Spring and Jenkins Ferry in the spring of 1864. This collection contains a claim and receipt for beef sold to Company E of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry at Roseville, Ark. View the finding aid »

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Shoup's Battalion of Artillery letter and order book

This collection consists of the letter and order book for Shoup's Battalion of Artillery. It contains official copies of orders written between September 1861 and February 1862 by Major Francis A. Shoup, General William J. Hardee, and other officers. They were written at Pitman's Ferry, Arkansas; Bowling Green, Kentucky; and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

Jerard K. Smith Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Jerard K. Smith while he served with Company B of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry Battalion. Smith enlisted on September 3, 1861, in the Fagan Guards, a company first attached to the 1st Arkansas Regiment in Virginia. The company later became part of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry Battalion and wintered on the Potomac River in 1861. Smith married in 1864 and remained in North Carolina after he was paroled in May 1865. His family later lived in Missouri before moving to Texas. View the finding aid »

Statement from Citizens of Mississippi County, Arkansas

This collection consists of a letter written by a group of citizens of Mississippi County, Arkansas, regarding actions of a company of Confederate troops in the area. The authors of this letter live in Mississippi County, which is in the northeast corner of the state. It borders Pemiscot County, Missouri, and both counties are on the banks of the Mississippi River. The letter mentions Captain James McMurray, who was acting quartermaster of the 23rd Arkansas Infantry. View the finding aid »

Fred S. Steubing Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Fred S. Steubing to his brother while in the military hospital at Princeton, Arkansas. Steubing was born in Prussia and his family emigrated in 1843 and settled in Texas. He joined the 16th Texas Infantry on May 21, 1862, and served through May 1865, when the unit disbanded. View the finding aid »

James W. Strong Civil War Letters

This collection contains letters written by Lieutenant James W. Strong while serving at Helena, Arkansas, with the 24th Iowa Infantry. Prior to the outbreak of war, Strong spent time in Tennessee campaigning against secession. He served as a 1st lieutenant in the 24th Iowa Infantry. He left the unit in April 1863, due to disability. He moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, where he practiced law, and served in the 87th Enrolled Missouri Militia until the end of the war. View the finding aid »

T. B. Swearingen Civil War Reminiscences

This collection contains Thomas B. Swearingen's recollections of the Civil War in the community of Lee Creek (or Lee's Creek) in Crawford County, Arkansas. Swearingen was five years old when the Civil War began; in April 1928, he began writing down his memories of the war. He recounts stories of hardship and deprivation, violence, and retribution.
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James Sykes Civil War Letters

The collection consists of biographical materials and letters written by James Sykes while he was in Arkansas. After graduating from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, in 1864, James Sykes joined the army. Sykes served as an assistant surgeon in the 56th United States Colored Troops. The regiment was originally organized as the 3rd Arkansas Infantry, African Descent. It spent most of the war on garrison duty in Arkansas.
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John Talbut Civil War Letters

This collection contains photocopies of letters written by John Talbut of the 32nd Iowa Infantry. He enlisted in the Union army on August 17, 1862. Talbut, a native of England, was eighteen years old when he was mustered into Company A of the 32nd Iowa Infantry. The 32nd Iowa was organized at Dubuque and participated in General Frederick Steele's campaign to capture Little Rock as well as the Red River Campaign. During the latter campaign, Talbut was severely wounded at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, on April 9, 1864. He died of his wounds on April 30, 1864. View the finding aid »

George W. Taylor Civil War Diary

This collection contains George W. Taylor's diary of his service in the Civil War. He enlisted in the 16th Ohio Independent Battery on August 20, 1861. The 16th Ohio Battery was organized at Springfield, Ohio, and saw service in Missouri and Arkansas before moving to Mississippi. Taylor was discharged in early 1863 due to sickness and returned home shortly thereafter. In June 1863, he re-enlisted. Taylor spent the remainder of the war in the 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery. View the finding aid »

John W. Taylor Civil War letter

This collection contains a letter from John W. Taylor of the 7th Missouri Cavalry to Elizabeth Brown.

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3rd Iowa Cavalry Diary

This collection contains the Civil War diary of an unidentified Union solider in Company L of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. The entries begin in November 1861 and describe events mostly around Benton and Little Rock, Arkansas. Previously stationed in various locations in Missouri, the company arrived in Little Rock on September 22, 1863, en route to Benton. In November, the author of the diary records that he was detailed to act as hospital steward for the 32nd Iowa Infantry. The author notes that the 3rd Iowa Cavalry, 32nd Iowa Infantry, and 106th Illinois departed Benton and remained in Little Rock until February 1864. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

3rd Missouri Cavalry Photograph Collection

This collection consists of photographs of members of the 3rd Missouri Cavalry (U.S.), especially from Company I. This photograph album was assembled by William Henry Clyma. Clymna enlisted in the army in September 1861. He served in Company I of the 3rd Missouri Cavalry until December 1864, eventually being promoted to 1st lieutenant. Following the war, the family moved to Schuyler County, Missouri. View the finding aid »

K. M. Thomas Letter

The collection contains a letter from K. M. Thomas written before the start of the Civil War and Arkansas's secession from the Union. Thomas and his wife were both born in North Carolina and were living in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, by 1860. No other biographical information is available. View the finding aid »

Edwin Porter Thompson Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Edwin Porter Thompson while he was editor of the Weekly Advance in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Lizzie Thompson Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Lizzie Thompson to her husband who was serving in the 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Dismounted). She and her husband, Lycurgus L. Thompson, had a farm in Pulaski County, Arkansas. Lycurgus enlisted in the 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles on June 16, 1861, and was elected first lieutenant. That unit was reorganized and dismounted in May 1862. He later served in the 1st Arkansas Cavalry. View the finding aid »

Samuel J. and Margaret Starnes Thompson Collection

This collection consists of letters written by Samuel J. Thompson while serving with the 23rd Arkansas Infantry as well as other additional letters. Thompson enlisted in Company H of the 23rd Arkansas Infantry on March 6, 1862, at Arkadelphia, Arkansas. View the finding aid »

Samuel K. Thompson Collection

The collection contains the 1866 diary of Samuel K. Thompson of the 54th United States Colored Infantry. Thompson enlisted in the Union army on July 12, 1861. In August 1863, he was commissioned 2nd lieutenant of Company B of the 2nd Regiment Arkansas Infantry, African Descent. This later became the 54th United States Colored Infantry. In November 1864, he was promoted to 1st lieutenant of Company C. He was promoted to brevet captain on March 13, 1864, and brevet major on March 13, 1866. He mustered out on August 27, 1866, but was still in camp in Little Rock until September. View the finding aid »

Floyd Thurman Civil War letters

This collection contains three letters written by Floyd Thurman of the 1st Indiana Cavalry to his brother. View the finding aid »

Jesse Trewhitt Letter

This collection contains a letter written by Jesse Trewhitt, a resident of Crawford County, Arkansas, shortly after the surrender of Fort Smith and Arkansas's vote to secede. in 1861, Trewhitt and his family moved to Crawford County, Arkansas. He was both a medical doctor and a farmer and continued to provide medical care throughout the war. He died in 1865.
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J. H. Tucker Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by J. H. Tucker in the spring and summer of 1864. It is believed that the letters were written to his sisters in Drew County, Arkansas. On February 8, 1862, he enlisted in the Monticello Light Artillery, also known as Owen's Battery, Arkansas Light Artillery. The unit served mostly east of the Mississippi, surrendering on May 10, 1865, at Meridian, Mississippi. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

Addison Turrentine Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Addison Turrentine while he served with Dawson's 19th Arkansas Infantry. Turrentine was born in Morgan County, Alabama. Along with his brother-in-law, Josiah Putman, and other family members, they moved to Sevier County, Arkansas, in the 1850s. Both men enlisted in Dawson's 19th Arkansas Infantry in October 1861. Putman died of measles on August 12, 1862, at Benton, Arkansas. Turrentine was captured at Arkansas Post in January 1863, and died on March 6th at Camp Douglas, Illinois. View the finding aid »

Royal J. Tuttle Civil War Letters

This collection consists of letters written by Royal Tuttle while he was serving with the 12th Michigan Infantry. Tuttle enlisted in the 12th Michigan Infantry when it re-assembled at Niles, Michigan, following veterans' furlough in February 1864. He arrived in Little Rock with the unit on April 1, and he died of disease at DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, on August 12, 1864.
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29th Iowa Infantry Photograph Album

This collection consists of a photograph album given as a gift to John F. Copeland of Company E of the 29th Iowa Infantry. It contains photographs of members of the 29th Iowa Infantry and other Iowa units as well as photographs of Copeland family members and neighbors. Copeland enlisted in the 29th Iowa Infantry on August 15, 1862. He served for the duration of the war and was mustered out as a first sergeant on August 10, 1865, in New Orleans.
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29th Wisconsin Infantry Civil War Letter

This collection consists of one letter and part of another one, both written by a soldier named Benjamin of the 29th Wisconsin Infantry. The 29th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Madison, Wisconsin. It mustered in on September 27, 1862, and arrived in Helena, Arkansas, on November 7, 1862. Colonel Charles R. Gill commanded the regiment until he was forced to resign due to illness in June 1863. The unit saw action in Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Louisiana, where it was at the end of the war. It mustered out on July 17, 1865. View the finding aid »

26th Iowa Infantry Civil War Letter

This collection contains part of a letter written by a soldier in the 26th Iowa Infantry. The 26th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, which included ten companies, was organized in Clinton County in the summer and fall of 1862. It trained briefly at Camp Kirkwood near Clinton, Iowa, and left on October 21. The author begins his letter with that departure and describes the journey down river. The regiment arrived in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 25, where it received orders to continue immediately to Helena, Arkansas. The letter, which is incomplete, breaks off just as the regiment arrived at Helena on October 28, 1862.
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Civil War Letter from Unidentified Indiana Soldier

This collection consists of a letter by a young man named Charles, writing to his mother and his sisters in Indiana. He was already in Helena, Arkansas, when his brigade arrived there on July 24, 1862, along with General Lew Wallace's Third Division. He wrote this letter the next day, saying that he was glad to be reunited with others from his home area. He is an articulate and interesting writer and gives personal information, news of acquaintances and war news. In addition to General Wallace, he mentions Union Generals Samuel Curtis and Alvin Hovey, and Confederate General M. Jeff Thompson. View the finding aid »

Letter from Unidentified German-speaking Union Soldier

This collection contains a letter written by an unidentified soldier stationed at Helena, Arkansas, to his sister. It is written in the German language and old German script handwriting. The processor has provided a partial transcription and translation. View the finding aid »

Letter from Unidentified Union Soldier

This letter consists of a letter written by an unidentified soldier with a Union unit that was camped briefly at Pocahontas, Arkansas. The author of this letter is believed to have been with a unit that fought in Northwest Arkansas in the spring of 1862, and then moved east through Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas, stopping briefly at Pocahontas on the way to Jacksonport, Arkansas. View the finding aid »

Partial letter from an unidentified Union soldier

This collection contains a portion of a letter from an unidentified Union soldier to his sister Laura. View the finding aid »

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Arkansas Division Collection

This collection contains minutes, yearbooks, assorted paperwork, and scrapbooks from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Arkansas Division. The stated objective of the association was "to form a more perfect union between the ex-Confederate soldiers, their wives, sons and daughters, and their families and only such persons who were and are now in sympathy with the Southern Cause, and who believe that we were prompted purely by patriotic motives by engaging in defense of the South." The organization insisted on referring to the "War Between the States" rather than the "Civil War." View the finding aid »

William H. Vandine Civil War Letter

The collection contains a letter from William H. Vandine, who served with the 62nd Illinois Infantry. William H. Vandine enlisted in the 62nd Illinois Infantry on April 10, 1862. He died May 3, 1865, and is buried at Little Rock National Cemetery. View the finding aid »

Joseph P. VanNest Civil War Letter

This collection contains a letter written by Joseph P. VanNest to his son John G. VanNest, from St. Charles, Arkansas, while he was serving with the 120th Ohio Infantry Regiment. VanNest decided to enlist in the army in the summer of 1862, in spite of having a very young child. He served first in the 120th Ohio Infantry, and in November 1864, he transferred to the 114th Ohio Infantry. View the finding aid »

M. P. Walton Letter

The collection contains a letter from M. P. Walton to his sister. The letter details the death of a unidentified man who died at Rock Island Prison in Illinois. M. P. Walton lived in an unidentified county in Arkansas. No other biographical information is available.
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Alexander Weaver Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by Alexander Weaver while he was serving as a clerk in the adjutant general's office at Helena, Arkansas. Weaver served in the 87th Illinois Infantry, which was stationed in Helena at the close of the war. View the finding aid »

Hiland H. Weaver Civil War Collection

This collection consists of a photograph of Sergeant Hiland Weaver and letters written while he was serving with the 3rd Iowa Light Artillery. Weaver enlisted in the 3rd Iowa Light Artillery Battery on August 28, 1861, as seventh sergeant. He re-enlisted on December 22, 1863, and served until October 23, 1865. During his service, he was promoted several times and mustered out as a first lieutenant. View the finding aid »

Omer R. Weaver Letters

The collection consists of correspondence between Omer R. Weaver and his family during his time at the Western Military Institute. In 1852, Omer enrolled in the Western Military Institute at Drennon Springs, Kentucky. Following his return to Arkansas, Weaver worked as a clerk in the secretary of state's office. The outbreak of the Civil War led Weaver to enlist in Woodruff's Arkansas Battery. He was killed in action during the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861. He has the distinction of being the first soldier from Little Rock killed during the Civil War. View the finding aid » DIGITAL CONTENT

William T. Westmoreland Diary

The collection contains an article with William T. Westmoreland's diary that dates from 1861 to 1865. William Thomas Westmoreland was born October 12, 1840, in Tennessee. In 1851, his family to Independence County, Arkansas, and he became a teacher. At the beginning of the Civil War, he served as captain in the 1st Regiment, Arkansas 30 Day Volunteers. In April 1862, his family and others naerby took refuge in Texas. After they settled in Texas, he and his cousin, John F. Wiles, enlisted in Company I, 19th Texas Cavalry, on June 17, 1862. View the finding aid »

William Wilkinson Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by William Wilkinson while he served with the 35th Missouri Infantry. William Wilkinson enlisted in Company G of the 35th Missouri Infantry on August 21, 1862. After the war, he returned to the family home in Northwest Missouri. View the finding aid »

Whited Family Collection

This collection consists of a letter by Samuel Whited and a document containing handwritten poems and signed by Jesse Whited. Samuel H. Whited was born in New York, in 1808. At the beginning of the Civil War, he and his wife Sarah lived with their family in Joliet, Illinois, where Samuel and his sons worked as painters. Already in his early 50s at the outbreak of the war, Samuel lied about his age in order to enlist in the Mechanic Fusiliers. He later transferred to the 15th Illinois Cavalry, serving until January 1865. Samuel's sons, including Jesse, served in other Union units. View the finding aid »

Bradley and Polly Williams Letter

This collection consists of a letter written to a family from Hempstead County, Arkansas, during the Civil War. Bradley and Polly Williams were residents of Hempstead County, Arkansas, and are believed to have recently immigrated to the area. View the finding aid »

James A. Williamson Letters

This collection contains typed transcripts of letters written or received by Colonel James A. Williamson. He was appointed 1st lieutenant of Company H of the 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles on August 4, 1861, and was elected captain on September 23, 1861. When the army re-organized in May 1862, Williamson was promoted to lieutenant colonel. On November 8, 1862, he was elevated to the rank of colonel following the departure of Colonel Harris Flanagin, who had just been elected Confederate governor of Arkansas. Williamson was seriously wounded at Resaca, Georgia, on May 18, 1864, and his left leg was subsequently amputated. View the finding aid »

James M. Wilson Memoirs

The collection contains the Civil War memoir of James M. Wilson, who served in the 15th Arkansas Infantry and the 1st Arkansas Cavalry (C.S.A.). When the Civil War began, Wilson's uncle and guardian would not allow Wilson to join since he was sixteen. By June 1861, Wilson received permission to enlist, but his company was later disbanded. Wilson joined another regiment in October 1861. He was discharged from that unit in November 1862 for being underage. He later joined the 1st Arkansas Cavalry (C.S.A.) and served until the end of the war. Wilson was captured in July 1863 and paroled on June 26, 1865. View the finding aid »

William E. Woodruff Jr. Civil War Collection

This collection contains materials related to the Civil War service of William Woodruff Jr. Having served as a captain in the state militia, he became a leader of the Pulaski Light Artillery, which fought at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. He later commanded an artillery battalion under General Albert Pike and served at the Battle of Prairie Grove. Woodruff resigned from the military on June 8, 1863, because of damage to his hearing, but still served with an artillery battery in the defense of Little Rock in September 1863. After the fall of the city, he fled to Texas and worked there until after the end of the war. View the finding aid »

James L. Yates Civil War Letter

This collection consists of a letter written by James L. Yates while he was serving with Company C of the 106th Illinois Infantry. Yates enlisted on July 22, 1862, in Logan County, Illinois. On September 17, he was mustered into Company C of the 106th Illinois Infantry. He mustered out at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on July 12, 1865. He returned to Logan County where he worked as a carpenter. View the finding aid »

James B. Young Civil War Letters

This collection contains photocopies and transcriptions of letters written by and to James B. Young while he was stationed in Little Rock and DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, in 1864 and 1865. The collection also includes published information about the Young family in Indiana and in the Humboldt, Kansas, area. He served as quartermaster sergeant in Company G of the 9th Kansas Cavalry from September 1861 through January 1865. He served the last year of that time in Arkansas, first in the Fort Smith area, then in Little Rock, and finally in DeVall's Bluff.
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Arkansas Civil War Materials

This collection contains a variety of miscellaneous documentation pertaining to the Civil War in Arkansas. The primary source material was either written by an Arkansas soldier, a non-Arkansan stationed in Arkansas, or an individual who moved to the state after the war. This collection is an expanding collection, and as new materials accumulate, they will be added to the collection. This collection contains both Union and Confederate materials.
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Civil War Photograph Collection

This collection contains photographs related to Arkansas and the Civil War.
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The Butler Center is a premier destination for Civil War research in Arkansas. Within the Butler Center's vast Civil War holdings, researchers will find hundreds of letters, diaries, photographs, and other primary materials related to Arkansas's involvement in the war. In addition, the Butler Center also holds an extensive collection of secondary sources and subscribes to a number of online databases, which provide easily accessible and up-to-date information.

If you are interested in the Civil War in Arkansas, you will want to visit us, as well as our partner institution in the Arkansas Studies Institute, the UALR Archives, which also has remarkable collections of Civil War materials.

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