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Almon Hunter Civil War letter

Almon Hunter Civil War letter

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BC.MSS.15.81

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

January 20, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Hunter, Almon, 1834-1912
Title: Almon Hunter Civil War letter
Dates: 1864
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a letter written to his mother by Almon Hunter of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry while his company was camped near Jenny Lind, Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.15.81
Language: English

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains a letter written to his mother by Almon Hunter of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry while his company was camped near Jenny Lind, Arkansas.


Biographical Information

Almon Hunter was born in New York, December 12, 1834, to Enoch Hunter and Elizabeth Betsey Palmeter Hunter. Before Almon was ten years old, his father died, his mother remarried to William Graham, and the family moved to Warren County, Pennsylvania. It was to this location that Sgt. Almon Hunter would have sent this letter.

In 1856 Hunter moved west to the new territory of Kansas, settling in Topeka Township in Shawnee County. Perhaps looking for work as a carpenter, Hunter may also have been drawn to the territory by efforts to establish Kansas as a free state. The conflict between Free Soil settlers and pro-slavery forces was well underway when Hunter arrived. Armed bands of antislavery advocates in Kansas came to be known as Jayhawkers, a name Hunter uses in this letter in describing a skirmish his men were involved in.

Hunter enlisted in the 2nd Kansas Cavalry on February 7, 1862, and was given the rank of corporal in Company F. He served with the regiment in western Missouri, Kansas, Indian Territory, and western and northwestern Arkansas. He was wounded at Coon Creek, Missouri, on August 13, 1862. He was promoted to sergeant in October 1862, and when a new Company D was organized in August 1863, he became commissary sergeant. He mustered out at Little Rock on February 6, 1865.

Following the war, Hunter eventually settled in Saint Croix County, Wisconsin, where he worked as a carpenter. He was married for a time to Sarah Phernetton, who died in 1898. Hunter was admitted to the National Soldiers’ Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in June 1895, returning to his home in February 1897. He was again admitted to the home on December 19, 1912, and died there on December 30, 1912. He is buried at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Dardanelle (Ark.)
Fort Smith (Ark.)
Hunter, Almon, 1834-1912
Jenny Lind (Ark.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence
United States. Army. Kansas Cavalry Regiment, 2nd. (1862-1865).
Waldron (Ark.)

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Almon Hunter Civil War Letter, MSS.15.81, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.


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