Creator

Date Original

1862

Description

This collection contains photocopies of a letter from Roane to General P.G.T. Beauregard discussingUnion 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 ArkansasMounted Rifles, and was elected lieutenant colonel. After the war, he returned to Pine Bluff, where hepracticed law. He became Arkansas's fourth governor in a special election on March 14, 1849, narrowlydefeating Cyrus W. Wilson.He married Mary Kimbrough Smith on July 5, 1855, and they raised five children. He joined theConfederate Army in March, 1862, as a Brigadier General in the Western Division, serving underGenerals 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

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.005.020

Resource Type

Text

Collection

John Seldon Roane Civil War letters, SMC.005.020

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

John Seldon Roane Civil War letters, 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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