Date Original



This collection contains John Dunn’s resignation as the surgeon for the 13th cavalry, a list of the wounded or killed in an unknown battle, Dunn’s Parole with Honor from the Confederate, and a letter written to him by his sister, Mary Williams.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Moffett Dunn was born June 20, 1833, to William Dunn, Jr. and Catherine Smythe Dunn in Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia. They settled near Springfield, Missouri, in 1843. John traveled to California in 1849 during the Gold Rush, then went to New York City in 1857 before resettling in Missouri. He attended Missouri Medical College in Saint Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1861. Dunn enlisted with General Sterling Price and helped organize Shelby's Brigade. He was commissioned as Staff Surgeon on July 11, 1862, Smith's Regiment, 6th Cavalry Missouri, Confederate States Army, also known as the 3rd Regiment, Shelby's Brigade. He was captured, and later paroled on June 15, 1865. After the war, Dunn settled in Richmond, Little River County, Arkansas, and married Mary Jane Moores Janes, the widow of Collins Janes. Although they helped raise nine children, they had none of their own. John Moffett Dunn died May 20, 1914.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Tennessee; Louisiana





Resource Type



John M. Dunn Civil War papers, SMC.004.011a


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

John M. Dunn Civil War papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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