I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Over
First Person Accounts of Civil War Arkansas from the Arkansas Historical Quarterly
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Arkansas Press
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Series Editors’ Preface
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The Civil War in the West has a single goal: to promote historical writing about the war in the western states and territories. It focuses most particularly on the Trans-Mississippi theater, which consisted of Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, most of Louisiana (west of the Mississippi River), Indian Territory (modern day...
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The Arkansas Historical Quarterly began life in the early, dark days of World War Two and from the beginning devoted many of its pages to an earlier, equally grim conflict—the American Civil War. Since 1942, in addition to fine scholarship on the war in Arkansas, the Quarterly has published dozens of edited and...
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Dear Sir I have to acknowledge your favor accompanied by a copy of the Resolutions passed by the late Convention of the people of Arkansas, over which you preside. In your letter accompanying these Resolutions, you request that I lay them before the Legislature of this State, at the earliest convenient moment. I will...
1: “A Holy and Just Cause”
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There is [nothing] of importance to write. We are fixed up for house keeping here now. They are going to organize a Brigade, Capt.2 says when we leave here, that we will [have] Twenty thousand men. We are sixty miles from Booneville Missouri where they had one fight.3 Five thousand men can [be] collected here...
2: “These Dismal Mountains”
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Miss Becca, I have determined to write you a few lines this morning, and I have no excuse to make, or apology to offer for troubling you, other than what some little boy might say—“Just because I want to”—But I am not entirely sure that the permission you once gave me to write you just one letter has been countermanded...
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3: “The Atmosphere Begins to Smell a Little Gunpowderish”
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Jany 8th. Raining this morning. Harwell2 and R S Allen3 start out for the scout. Vines4 is sent to Napoleon on picket. At dark a scout comes in and reports a Gunboat at the Cut Off; sounding, and that it had come through the Cut Off,from White river. Captain Richardson’s5 scouting party is at Judge Fletcher’s...
4: “This Campaign Was Very Destructive”
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Went to see Mrs. [Louisa] Bridges yesterday and gave Mr. Longley two lessons in writing. He is very proud of being able to write. I wonder what the folks at home would say to know that I am teaching a grown man to write or even to see some of the levees that we hold sometimes. A room full of solemn looking...
5: “Lonely, Hopeless Days”
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January 1, 1865. Lewisberg, Arkansas. Worked on Muster & Pay Rolls, & made monthly reports of Desertions & Monthly returns of the Company & Anual Return of Casualties for the year, 64. January 2. Worked on Muster & pay Rolls news came in of 900 Rebs being at Dardinell. Scout sent out to see.1Wrote a letter to Father. . . . January 4, 1865. Finished the Muster & pay Rolls and compared them. Wrote...
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Page Count: 600
Publication Year: 2014