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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Price, John A., 1832-1862
John A. Price Civil War Diary
0.21 Linear feet
The collection contains the Civil War diary of John A. Price, as well as business transactions of John G. Fletcher and poetry of Isabelle K. Fletcher.
This collection is arranged topically in three files.
Scope and Contents
The collection contains the Civil War diary of John A. Price. It later includes business transactions of John G. Fletcher and poetry of Isabelle K. Fletcher. The diary describes the military expeditions of the Arkansas 8th Infantry Regiment. His observations were written after the fact and possibly many days later. This was Price's second volume, the first had been sent to his father-in-law for safe keeping until his return from the war. In case he did not return, the diary was to be given to his son. Due to unknown circumstances, the diary came into the possession of John G. Fletcher, captain of the 6th Arkansas Volunteer Infantry. The 6th Arkansas was in Athens, Alabama in March 1862, days before the Battle of Shiloh. The diary remained in Fletcher's possession and was used by him as a business ledger. In addition, Isabelle Kirkpatrick Fletcher penned several poems in it.
Joseph A. Price was born in Tennessee, about 1832. He married Elizabeth Egner in Independence County, Arkansas, on May 12, 1858, and they had one son, Joseph F. Price born about 1859. In 1860, Price is working as a clerk for the Land Commission, and still living with his father-in-law, Joseph H. Eagner at the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1861, he joined the newly-created 8th Arkansas Infantry at Jacksonport (Camp Price), Jackson County and was soon promoted to major. Under the Shaver-Woods' Brigade Hardee's Division, Central Army of Kentucky, Department #2, the 8th Arkansas Infantry was immediately dispatched to Bowling Green, Kentucky. The diary covers the month of February 1862, only. It begins with the infantry's retreat from Bowling Green and recalls their traverse into Tennessee, through Nashville and Murfressboro. John A. Price died at Athens, Alabama, in March 1862.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Bowling Green (Ky.)
Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Infantry Regiment, 11th.
Little Rock (Ark.)
Price, John A., 1832-1862
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
John A. Price Civil War Diary, MSS 11-22, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute