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Black and white sketch of David O. Dodd, including biographical narrative.


The boy martyr of the Confederacy

David Dodd

Born 1846 in Lavaca County, Texas.. While a boy his father moved to Saline County, Ark.. After the capture of Little Rock the family refugeed to their old home in Texas…

In October, 1863, Mr. Dodd who was sutler with the Third Arkansas Regiment in Mississippi, sent David to bring his mother and sisters to Jackson, Miss... David was also to look after some stock in Saline County.. He knew General Fagan who gave him a pass... He reached Benton and looked after his father's stray cattle... Then went on to Little Rock to visit some of his former St. John's College schoolmates.. Remained in Little Rock three weeks

David got a pass to return. Started on foot for Benton. Was taken up by a squadron of cavalry.. Searched and papers found in his shoe.. Written in telegraphic characters and giving details about Federal army.. He was tried and condemned as a spy... On the day of his execution January 8, 1864, he was offered his liberty if he would tell who gave him the information. He refused.

Physical Description

Document, 11" x 14"




MS.000379, Image 18

Resource Type



Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, MS.000379


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

David O. Dodd, Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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