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Date Original

1862 May 25


This is a portrait of General Thomas Hindman in his military uniform.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Carmichael Hindman was born in January of 1828 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and later settled in Helena, Arkansas. He was a prominent attorney and Democratic politician prior to the Civil War, and was a major influence in the state's secession. During the war, Hindman was raised to the rank of brigadier general, and took command of the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate army forces. He was later replaced as head of the Trans-Mississippi, but remained in command of the Confederate forces in the district of Arkansas. He engaged Union forces at the Battle of Prairie Grove in an effort to drive the Union out of northwest Arkansas, but was forced to withdraw due to lack of supplies for his troops. Hindman was unable to secure a pardon following the end of the Civil War, and moved his family to Mexico for a time, like many Confederate refugees. He returned with his family to Helena in 1867, and sought to rejoin politics. In September of 1868, Hindman was shot by an unknown assassin through the window of his home, and was killed. He is buried at Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena.

Physical Description

Document, 2" x 2.75"


Civil War; Confederate States of America; Arkansas






General photo file


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Thomas Hindman, General photo file, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Thomas Hindman