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Sylvester K. Cocreham Civil War letter

Sylvester K. Cocreham Civil War letter

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Finding aid for the Sylvester K. Cocreham Civil War letter

BC.MSS.13.67

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

November 20, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: Sylvester K. Cocreham Civil War letter
Dates: 1862
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a letter written at Arkansas Post by S. K. Cocreham [Cocrehan] of the 15th Texas Cavalry to his brother, James H. Combs.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.67
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is contained in two files.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains a letter written at Arkansas Post by S. K. Cocreham [Cocreham] of the 15th Texas Cavalry to his brother James H. Combs, a member of the 6th Texas Infantry who was home on sick leave. Although a portion of his service record is filed under S. K. Cocrehan, the correct spelling is Cocreham.


Biographical Information

Sylvester K. Cocreham [Cockrehan] was born in Johnson County, Missouri, in 1844 to David R. and Rebecca Cocreham. In the late 1840s, the family moved to Hempstead County, Ark., and in about 1854, they moved to Hays County, Texas.

Sylvester was recruited at the age of 18 by Captain George H. Sweet of the 15th Texas Cavalry and mustered in at San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, on January 1, 1862. While based at Batesville, Ark., his regiment saw action in the Skirmish at Orient Ferry on July 8, 1862. On July 24, 1862, the 15th Texas was ordered dismounted and functioned after that as infantry. In the fall of 1862 the regiment was assigned to garrison the newly built Fort Hindman at Arkansas Post.

On December 1, 1862, Cocreham transferred to the 6th Texas Infantry. He was taken prisoner with the regiment during the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863, and was interned at Camp Butler, Springfield, Illinois. He was among the members of the 6th Texas Infantry who were paroled at City Point, Virginia, in April 1863. He was killed in action at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 30, 1863.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas Post (Ark.) -- History, Military -- 19th century
Cocreham, David R., 1816-1907
Cocreham, Sylvester K., 1844-1863
Combs, James H., 1841-1926
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 15th.
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 16th.
Fort Hindman (Ark.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sylvester K. Cocreham Civil War letter, MSS.13.67, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mike Brackin, December 10, 2013


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