By Michael B. Dougan
This publication fills a protracted status hole in kingdom histories facing the interval of the Civil warfare within the western frontier that was once Arkansas. according to newspaper articles, criminal records, letters, diaries, memories, songs, and legitimate army studies, Dougan’s account offers an entire photo of the political state of affairs simply sooner than the warfare, and set the degree for the state’s access into the struggle regardless of the destiny that just a 3rd of the inhabitants supported secession.
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Fruitlessly, editor William E. 3 Page 2 The greatest single drawback to fast development was the difficulty of travel. Contrary to what the natives always told travelers, the western rivers were navigable for no more than half the year. Without roads, communications were uncertain at best. On one occasion, the mail to Little Rock was lost when the mailman's canoe overturned and he was drowned. Residents of the city in 1824 had no mail delivery for two months. 4 Agitation for a road developed early.
None, except the Mississippi, were reliable avenues of communication. All were notable for great Page 3 floods and extended low water periods. The curse of the Red River was a raft, a huge backup of driftwood, some hundred miles in length; a similar obstruction existed on the St. Francis. The Army Corps of Engineers, under Captain Shreve, undertook to cut a passage through the Red River raft, but this did not insure the stream's usableness. In 1855, 40,000 bales of cotton were stranded because the river failed to rise.
Editor Etter noted, "With almost every issue of our paper we are called upon to record one or more disastrous accidents occurring upon our western rivers. " In 1861 a newspaper correspondent on his way to Little Rock wrote: The Arkansas is the graveyard of steamboats, I should say, from the number of wrecks we passed and places pointed out where others had perished. I noticed the wrecks of the Frontier City, New Cedar Rapids, and Quapaw standing in water to their cabin floors at various places, some considerable distance apart.
Confederate Arkansas: The People and Policies of a Frontier State in Wartime by Michael B. Dougan