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James A. Williamson letters

James A. Williamson Letters

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Finding aid for the James A. Williamson Letters

MSS.03.28

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



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Williamson, James A., 1829-1906
Title: James A. Williamson Letters
Dates: 1861-1873
Quantity: 0.08 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains typed transcripts of letters written or received by Colonel Williamson. Of the twenty letters, all but one were written during the Civil War. Many of the letters were cited in Wesley Thurman Leeper's book, Rebels Valiant: Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles.
Identification: MSS.03.28
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains typed transcripts of letters written or received by Colonel Williamson. Of the twenty letters, all but one were written during the Civil War. Many of the letters were cited in Wesley Thurman Leeper's book, Rebels Valiant: Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles.


Biographical Note

James A. Williamson was born in March 1829, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina to the parents of Reverend Samuel and Jane Williamson. After graduating from Davidson College in 1845, the younger Williamson returned home to work on the family farm. In 1851, he went to Charleston, South Carolina, to study law and was admitted to the bar in 1852. The Williamson family moved to Hempstead County, Arkansas, in 1857. James worked on the family farm until the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. He was appointed 1st lieutenant of Co. H, 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles on August 4, 1861, and was elected captain on September 23, 1861. When the army was re-organized in May 1862, Williamson was promoted to lieutenant colonel. On November 8, 1862, he was elevated to the rank of colonel following the departure of Colonel Harris Flanagin, who had just been elected Confederate governor of Arkansas. Williamson was seriously wounded at Resaca, Georgia, on May 18, 1864, and his left leg was subsequently amputated. After the war, Williamson returned to Hempstead County and briefly resumed his law practice before becoming a successful planter. He also served two terms in the state legislature. James A. Williamson died at Charleston, Arkansas on November 25, 1906.


Index Terms

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

Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Mounted Rifles, 2nd.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Williamson, James A., 1829-1906

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James A. Williamson Letters, MSS 03-28, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Gary Cozzens, 2003


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