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Copied from a Special Edition of "THE MERRY GREEN PRESS"



The long weary march for Confederate Brigadier General Hiram L. Grinstead has ended. The popular commander of the 33rd Arkansas Infantry was killed at Jenkins' Ferry, along with Brigadier General William R. Scurry and Horrace Randal of Walker's Texas Division

Grinstead, who was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1829, graduated in law and served as District Judge in Jefferson, Texas when he was twenty-five years of age. He married Miss Kate A. Goodwin of New Orleans in 1852. In 1859 he moved to Camden, Arkansas, and obtained license to practice law from Judge Scott, Supreme Judge of the State.

In 1862 he was the first to form a regiment from Camden and served at Prairie Grove and at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana.


Brigadier General Horace Randal of Walker's Texas Greyhound Division was killed at Jenkins' Ferry on April 30th. The 31-year old Confederate officer, a graduate of West Point, was a veteran of the Vicksburg Campaign and had personally recruited the 28th Texas Cavalry Regiment in and around Marshall, Texas. He served in General Bragg's Quartermaster Corps in Florida and was appointed aide-de-camp to Major General Gustavus W. Smith. The General was mortally wounded on the field and later carried to the hamlet of Tulip for burial. The loss is considered great for the Southern cause.


Confederate Captain Jacob Wythe Walker, 34th Arkansas, of Fayetteville has died as a result of wounds received recently at Jenkins' Ferry. Captain Walker was the son of David Walker, Supreme Court Justice, State Senator, and President of the Arkansas Secession Convention. Judge Walker was at Washington in Hempstead County when he heard the news of his son's wound and visited the widow Matlock's home in Tulip where Captain Walker died. It is throught that the body will be returned to Fayetteville for burial.


At a late hour we received the following account from Dr. J. M. Brown, chaplain of the 29th Arkansas Volunteers engaged at Jenkins' Ferry.

"My regiment had crossed over a fence on the battlefield when I found a Union captain who had been shot in the neck. He had taken position behind the roots of a large pine log and had fallen back into the water, out of which he was trying to keep his head. I took him out of the hole and placed his knapsack under his head. He held up his hand on which was a fine ring. He said, 'My sister, English settlement, Iowa.' But he was so far gone I could not get his name. I regretted that I did not preserve the fine belt, sword and scabbard that I left beside his dying body.

In our first charge, almost the first man hit was the son of a ruling elder of my congregation at home. It was a spent ball that buried itself in the muscle of the arm, lodging against the bone. He was but a few feet in front and I saw him drop back, but quickly took his place in line again. I saw him fall back the second time and again take his place; the third time he staggered back and threw his gun down. Getting down from my horse, I caught him in my arms. William, are you hit? 'Yes' Where? He pointed behind his neck. It looked bad, but of course the neck was not broken. Where else? He was getting very weak and placed his hand on his stomach. One look and I knew that it was fatal. He was helped upon the horse and taken to the hospital where after a few hours suffering, he passed to another mode of existence."


Q.V. Stephens has written that M. M. J. Cherry, an enlisted soldier, was among those killed at Jenkins' Ferry on the 30th. According to Mr. Stephens, he fell while gallantly charging the enemy and while discharging his duty as a soldier. A single ball struck him in the right temple and went out the other. He was killed instantly and never spoke after he was struck. Friends went to the battlefield and carried him off to a good place and buried him on the bank of Cox Creek about two miles from Jenkins' Ferry on the Camden Road.

We offer our best respects and sincerest sympathy to his widow.

Grant County Museum in Sheridan, Arkansas printed in observance of the 125th Anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Jenkins' Ferry that was fought April 29-30th, 1864 in what was then Hot Springs and Saline County Territory...later incorporated into Grant County in 1869.

The above information may be used for non-commercial historical and genealogical purposes only and with the consent of the page owner may be copied for the same purposes so long as this notice remains a part of the copied material. EDWARD G. GERDES

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