Creator

Date Original

1855

Description

This letter from James Yell to Sam Williams discusses cases before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Yell was born on March 10, 1811, in Bedford County, Tennessee, the son of Pearcy Yell and Jane Gist Yell. James Yell taught school for three years and served as Bedford County, Tennessee magistrate. He married Permelia Young in Bedford County, Tennessee, on July 12, 1832. They had two children, Lizzie M. Yell and Fountain Pitt Yell. The family moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in 1838 at the request of James’ uncle Archibald Yell, who had also recently moved to Arkansas. James Yell practiced law and was politically active, serving as state senator from Jefferson County from 1842-1845. In 1852, he helped incorporate the Little Rock and Napoleon Railroad and served on its board. He was also a Whig candidate for governor in 1856 and ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Confederate Senate in 1861. Yell served as a general in the state militia before the Civil War. During the secession convention Yell was appointed major general of the newly-formed two-division "Army of Arkansas." His appointment was short-lived; he commanded troops until the summer of 1861 when the Arkansas governor transferred troops to Confederate command. Yell protested the action and was removed from command on July 23, 1851. He died in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, from pneumonia on September 5, 1867.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Tennessee

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.021.009

Resource Type

Text

Collection

James Yell letter, SMC.021.009

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

James Yell letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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