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This collection contains correspondence written and received by members of the Shed family in Arkansas and Georgia. These letters discuss rural life in Arkansas and Georgia before and after the Civil War, detailing how important church life, hunting, and family connections were. One letter describes how some white southerners felt about the new governmental laws declaring African Americans equal under the law to white Americans.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cidney Admiral Shed was born December 24, 1822, in South Carolina to James (1793-?) and Sarah Shed, who were long-time residents of Lumpkin County, Georgia. James and Sarah also had three other sons: James, who married Mary Ann Colum; William N., who married Amanda Clements and had nine children together; and Joel, who married July Ann Adington. James, William, and Joel all lived in Jackson County, Georgia. Cidney married Martha Jane Walker (1840-?), daughter of Thomas H. and Malissa Walker, residents of Conway County, Arkansas. They had at least four children: John H., Lucinda, Sarah A., and James T., who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Cidney served as Postmaster at Parkersburg, Yell County, Arkansas, in 1856. He moved to Little Rock, Pulaski County, in 1864. He died April 8,1898, leaving behind his wife and children.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Georgia; South Carolina





Resource Type



Shed family letters, SMC.016.008a


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Shed family letters, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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