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Bost family Civil War letters

Bost family Civil War letters

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Finding aid for the Bost family Civil War letters

BC.MSS.05.33

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

December 15, 2010



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Bost, George W., 1842-1864
Creator:Bost, James M., 1839-1863
Creator:Bost, Silas A., 1840-1863
Title: Bost family Civil War letters
Dates: 1862-1865
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains twenty-four letters written principally by the Bost brothers during their service in the Confederate army. Other authors include family members and fellow soldiers. Also included is an index of eleven additional letters by the same authors.
Identification: BC.MSS.05.33
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically by the dates of the letters.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains twenty-four letters written principally by the Bost brothers during their service in the Confederate army. Other authors include family members and fellow soldiers. Also included is an index of eleven additional letters by the same authors.


Biographical Information

Jacob Bost (1815-?) married Frances Mosteller (1822-?) on September 22, 1838, in Lincolntown, North Carolina. Their first four children, including the sons whose letters are included in this collection, were born in North Carolina. In about 1847, they moved to Fayette County, Tennessee, and in about 1853, they moved to what was then Prairie County, Arkansas. It was from this home that James, Silas and George each enlisted in the Confederate Army. James (1839-1863) and Silas (1840-1863) enlisted on June 14, 1861, and served in Company I of the 5th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. They were both killed in September 1863 in the Battle of Chickamauga. George enlisted on October 10, 1861, and served in Company B of the 4th Arkansas Infantry Battalion. He was killed on November 30, 1864, at the Battle of Franklin in Tennessee. Their letters relate experiences of battle, illness, injury, capture, and day to day camp life. Each man also expresses his devotion to the Southern cause, as well as his deep faith in God.


Index Terms

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

Atlanta Campaign, 1864 -- Personal narratives
Bost, George W., 1842-1864
Bost, Jacob, b. 1815
Bost, James M., 1839-1863
Bost, Silas A., 1840-1863
Brownsville (Ark.)
Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863
Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Infantry Regiment, 4th.
Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Infantry Regiment, 5th.
Fortress Monroe (Va.)
Franklin, Battle of, Franklin, Tenn., 1864
Meridian (Miss.)
Wartrace (Tenn.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bost family Civil War letters, MSS.05.33, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Roger Bost, 2005


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