Date Original



This collection contains the handwritten account of S.H. Nowlin's time as a prisoner of war during the Civil War.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel H. Nowlin was born April 11, 1842, in Roanoke, Bedford County, Virginia. He enlisted in the Salem Flying Artillery, Company A, 1st Regiment Virginia Artillery in April 1861. He later transferred to Company D, 5th Virginia Cavalry, where he served the rest of the war. He was captured at the Battle of Yellow Tavern, Virginia, May 11, 1864. He spent a few months at a prison outside Richmond, Virginia. During transit to Point Lookout, Maryland, he was able to escape and meet back with his company. He was captured again at the Battle of Five Forks, near After the war, Nowlin went into business with his physician father at Rome, Georgia, and Salem, Virginia, as a druggist. He served as mayor of Salem for five years, before marrying Catherine Noble in December 1876. They moved to Little Rock, in 1877, where Nowlin became involved in the newspaper business, first as owner and editor of an agricultural newspaper, then later writing articles for various journals and the Arkansas Gazette. He also compiled statistics for the government on cotton and other agricultural products. He and Catherine had several children together. She passed away December 31,1904. Beginning in 1905, he represented Pulaski County in the legislature for several years. He died December 18, 1920.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Georgia; Virginia





Resource Type



Samuel H. Nowlin reminiscences, SMC.006.020


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Samuel H. Nowlin reminiscences, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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