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1865 January 04


Letter from John Camp to Governor Isaac Murphy discussing conditions in Northwest Arkansas.


[Page 1] most assuredly rob[,] kill[,] burn and crush all
the remaining loyal people in this region -
God forbid such a scene should be enacted and
I see but the one way spoken of to avert so sad a
While addressing you I desire to speak to
you of Surgeon H J Maynard of the first Arkansas
Cavalry - and I do so to present him for your
consideration. he is thoroughly posted in all
departments of any duties. - is energetic and
reliable and should you require the Services of
a Surgeon General he will fill the place with credit
to himself and benefit to the interests of the State -
He is the Senior Surgeon of Arkansas Troops and
is thorough and earnest in his Sympathies with
the people and prospects of this our State. Should
you fail to need his Services in the above capacity
you would find him competent and useful in
any department when required.
Hoping to have your Sympathy and
cooperation in arranging for the protection of
loyalty at and near your old home. I remain
very respectfully your obedient Servant.
John Camp
[Page 2]Fayetteville Arkansas
4th January 1865
Governor Murphy
Dear Sir
Presuming on our
relations in times past I address you regard-
ing the evacuation of North West Arkansas.
I am informed in such way as to make me
believe the report that this county is to be evac-
uated by the volunteer force now in it - My des-
ire and earnest request is that you give me
authority to take command of such militia
force as you may deem sufficient for the purpose
and hold the post of Fayetteville till such time
as we shall be relieved by other Troops. In my
opinion there can be militia enough had right
here in North West Ark for the purpose and I
feel that I am expressing the unanimous desire of
all the truly loyal citizens in making the above request.
You Governor feel deeply the imperative necessity of
holding this section and protecting the loyal hearts
yet living here from such cruel and unrelenting per-
secution as will inevitably fall to their lot. Should
the Strong Arm of Federal protection be withdrawn
entirely - Such men as Blackburn and Raley will

Physical Description

Letter, 2 pages, 8" x 10"


War; Correspondence; Governors


John Camp

Geographical Area

Fayetteville, Washington County (Ark.)




MS.000144, Box 4, Folder 8

Resource Type



Samuel W. Williams papers, MS.000144


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, John Camp to Governor Isaac Murphy, Samuel W. Williams papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, John Camp to Governor Isaac Murphy