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Ledger book, record of persons and articles employed for transportation by the U.S. Army quartermaster, Little Rock, Arkansas

Ledger book, record of persons and articles employed for transportation by the U.S. Army quartermaster, Little Rock, Arkansas

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Finding aid for the Ledger book, record of persons and articles employed for transportation by the U.S. Army quartermaster, Little Rock, Arkansas

MSS.05.32

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Pratt, James H., 1825-1910
Title: Ledger book, record of persons and articles employed for transportation by the U.S. Army quartermaster, Little Rock, Arkansas
Dates: January - November 1865
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet
Abstract:The ledger contains the record of individuals employed for services related to the operation Little Rock to DeValls Bluff portion of the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad from January to November 1865.
Identification: MSS.05.32
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection contains only one item, a ledger with chronological information.


Scope and Contents

The first 200 pages of the ledger contains the record of individuals employed for services related to the operation of the Little Rock to DeValls Bluff portion of the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad from January to November 1865. The balance of the book is blank.


Biographical Note

The Memphis to Little Rock Railroad was only partially constructed at the start of the Civil War. Tracks were completed from North Little Rock to DeValls Bluff on the west and from Hopefield, opposite Memphis, to the St. Francis River on the east. Because of the gap in the middle and the absence of bridges on the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers, use of the railroad required the support of steamboats and ferries. Each army, during its occupation of the eastern portion of Arkansas, used the rail road extensively to transport troops and supplies. During Federal occupation, the rail road and related services were operated as the U.S. Military Railroad, first under the direction of the quartermaster in Little Rock, Captain J. H. Pratt. Following the end of the war, supervision was transferred to the quartermaster in Memphis. The railroad was returned to private ownership on November 1, 1865. The records contained in this ledger reflect the transition of supervision from Little Rock to Memphis.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
DeValls Bluff (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.) -- History.
Memphis and Little Rock Railroad Company.
Pratt, James H., 1825-1910

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ledger book, record of persons and articles employed for transportation by the U.S. Army quartermaster, Little Rock, Arkansas, MSS 05-32, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2005


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