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Samuel J. and Margaret Starnes Thompson collection

Samuel J. and Margaret Starnes Thompson collection

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Finding aid for the Samuel J. and Margaret Starnes Thompson collection

BC.MSS.10.51

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

May 10, 2011



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Title: Samuel J. and Margaret Starnes Thompson collection
Dates: 1860-1864; 1916
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists of five letters written by Samuel J. Thompson while serving with the 23rd Arkansas Infantry, one Civil War letter by L. J. Smith from Tunnel Hill, Georgia, and two additional letters.
Identification: BC.MSS.10.51
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains five letters written by Samuel J. Thompson while serving with the 23rd Arkansas Infantry. It also contains three other letters related to the family of Margaret Starnes Thompson Smith. These include a pre-war letter from her sister, one Civil War letter written about Felix Smith by his brother following the battle at Tunnel Hill, Georgia, and one letter addressed to Felix Smith at Saddle Mountain, Oklahoma.


Biographical Information

Samuel J. Thompson was born in Mississippi in 1824 and died ca. 1863. Thompson moved to Columbia County, Ark., in the 1850s and became a merchant in Harrison Township. On March 12, 1862, he married Margaret Starnes, the daughter of J. B. and Elizabeth Starnes. Having enlisted in the army on March 6, 1862, at Arkadelphia, Thompson left immediately to take up his position as sergeant in Company H of the 23rd Arkansas Infantry.

Thompson's regiment fought in the Iuka-Corinth [Mississippi] Campaign, April to June 1862, and in the Battle of Corinth on October 3-4, 1862. They were then sent to defend Port Hudson, Louisiana. It is possible that Thompson died during the Siege of Port Hudson, as his name disappears from the records after February 1863. The siege lasted through May and June 1863, and the regiment was among those that surrendered on July 9.

Margaret Starnes Thompson married Felix Clark Smith, a veteran of the 6th Arkansas Infantry, on November 14, 1865, at Columbia County. Felix died at Lawton, Oklahoma, on March 31, 1919. Margaret died on February 5, 1925, at San Angelo, Texas, and was buried beside Felix in Comanche County, Oklahoma.


Index Terms

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

Caldwell, Ann E. Starnes, 1838-1877
Columbia County (Ark.)
Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Infantry Regiment, 23rd.
Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Infantry Regiment, 6th.
Corinth, Battle of, Corinth, Miss., 1862
Hatchie River (Miss. and Tenn.)
Iuka (Miss.) -- History -- Siege, 1862
Pleasant Grove (Ark.)
Port Hudson (La.)
Smith, Felix C., 1839-1919
Smith, Margaret Starnes Thompson, 1843-1925
Thompson, Samuel J., 1824-ca. 1863
Tunnel Hill (Ga.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel J. and Margaret Starnes Thompson collection, MSS.10.51, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2010


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