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1st Arkansas Infantry Affidavit for Soldier's Stolen Horse


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Super neat document from the Provost Marshall’s office at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Reading as follow.

Office Prv Marshal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ft. Smith, Ark                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    March 22nd, 1864

Lewis F. Cole being duly sworn, deposes and says, I am a private in 1st Ark. Infty. Co “D”. I am acquainted with Issac T. Eppler. I know that a certain grey horse = about 9 or ten years old and about 15 hands high, which horse is now in the struct in front of this office is the property of the said Eppler, or was his a short time since, and I have never heard of him selling or disposing of the same. Lewis F. Cole                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sworn to and subscribed before me this day & date above written.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     C.V. Mason                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Capt & Asst Pro Mars

Lewis Francis Cole would muster with Company D of the 1st Arkansas Volunteer Infantry as a private in September, 1863. He would spend a lengthy stint in the Fort Smith Hospital from November, 1863 through May 1864 with illness. Following his release from the hospital he would be present for duty the remainder of his term. The 1st Arkansas would be active on the frontier. They would see action at Devil’s Back Bone, Camden, Jenkin’s Ferry and a few others. Don’t see items from this unit ever! This one comes with service records for Lewis.

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