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Josiah H. Demby collection

Josiah H. Demby collection

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Finding aid for the Josiah H. Demby collection

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

November 13, 2013



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-13T11:23-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Demby, Josiah H., 1840-1918
Title: Josiah H. Demby collection
Dates: 1864-1913
Quantity: 2.97 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains correspondence and other material related to the military service of Josiah H. Demby during and after the Civil War.
Identification: BC.MSS.07.36
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence and other material related to the military service of Josiah H. Demby during and after the Civil War.


Biographical Information

Josiah H. Demby was born in Georgia on April 20, 1840. He moved to Arkansas sometime before the Civil War. At the time of the 1860 census he was working as a watchmaker in Pine Bluff. He also served as a sergeant in the local militia company, the Pine Bluff Artillery.

When the Civil War broke out, Demby refused to support the Confederacy. He later joined the 4th Arkansas Cavalry (US), where he served as a 1st lieutenant. He was discharged from service on June 30, 1865, in Little Rock.

In 1868-69, Demby served as a major in the state militia. Under the command of Brigadier General R. F. Catterson, the militia was charged with policing south Arkansas after the emergence of the Ku Klux Klan. Demby later wrote about these experiences for Powell Clayton, who used some of this material in his book Aftermath of the Civil War in Arkansas, published in 1915.

Demby was also elected to the state legislature in 1868, representing Scott, Polk, Montgomery, and Hot Spring counties. In 1878, he was again elected to serve as a representative for Montgomery County. Demby died in Hot Springs on February 13, 1918.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Arkansas. Militia.
Demby, Josiah H., 1840-1918
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Army. Arkansas Cavalry Regiment, 4th.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Josiah H. Demby collection, BC.MSS.07.36, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2007


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