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This collection contains material related to Americus Rieff's service in the Mexican and Civil wars. Reminiscences include accounts of Rieff's service under General Benjamin McCulloch in the Battle of Oak Hills, also known as the Battle of Wilson's Creek, which is considered the first battle west of the Mississippi during the Civil War. H.F. Rieff owned land in partnership with his father, Americus V. Rieff.

Biographical/Historical Note

Americus V. Rieff was born in Nashville, Tennessee, July 1, 1830, and moved with his parents to Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1836. He enlisted as a private in Captain Stephen B. Enyart's Independent Mounted Volunteer Company in the Mexican War at Fayetteville on June 9, 1847. He was discharged on June 23, 1848. After the Mexican War, he studied architecture at the Ozark Institute. On December 19, 1854, he married Mary Jane Spencer at Cane Hill, Arkansas. Prior to the Civil War, Rieff was a contractor and builder. He enlisted May 1, 1861, at the rank of captain and organized a company of 100 cavalrymen to expel Union forces from Cassville, Missouri. He also served at the Battle of Oak Hills, also known as the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Americus V. Rieff died in Little Rock, Arkansas, March 24, 1914. He was survived by his wife Mary Jane and seven children. He had been in business with his son, Hiram F. Rieff, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Missouri





Resource Type



Americus V. and H.F. Reiff papers, MS.000391


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Americus V. and H.F. Reiff papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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