Date Original



This collection contains photocopies of a letter from Roane to General P.G.T. Beauregard discussing Union troops near Batesville, Arkansas, and a telegram from R.F. Pinkway to an unknown party.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Seldon Roane was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, January 8, 1817. He moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in 1837, where he studied law under his older brother Samuel Calhoun Roane, a prominent slaveholder. He was active in politics and was elected the first prosecuting attorney of Second Judicial District in1840.In the Mexican War, he raised a regiment of mounted infantry, which became part of the First Arkansas Mounted Rifles, and was elected lieutenant colonel. After the war, he returned to Pine Bluff, where he practiced law. He became Arkansas's fourth governor in a special election on March 14, 1849, narrowly defeating Cyrus W. Wilson. He married Mary Kimbrough Smith on July 5, 1855, and they raised five children. He joined the Confederate Army in March, 1862, as a Brigadier General in the Western Division, serving under Generals Hindman and Smith. He led a brigade at the Battle of Prairie Grove. He died April 7, 1867.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Tennessee





Resource Type



John Seldon Roane Civil War letters, SMC.005.020


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

John Seldon Roane Civil War letters, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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