ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR LOOT
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the Civil War loot in Arkansas?
During the time America was in the middle of the Civil
War, not all men fought on either side, some were out for the gain they could
steal from abandoned homes. This is one such story of a man that was really on
neither side, but got mixed up with both Confederate and Union soldiers and of
The man was Henry Williams who was an ordinary man
that worked hard to make a living as at a livery stable in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
In October of 1862, Col. Joseph Porter came to town with around 900 Confederate
soldiers. There plan was to join up with General Marmaduke and head north into
Missouri. Henry was not very fond of these confederate soldiers and decided to
leave town. He took his horse and his mules and headed west out of town.
When he was around 15 miles out of town, he ran
into three men with their own mules carrying a large load. The mules under the
pressure had practically gone lame, and out of the kindness of his heart, Henry
offered to carry a portion of their load upon his mules.
Henry soon learned these men were looters and had
been traveling in front of the Confederate soldiers to warn citizens the
soldiers were coming. As soon as the people would leave their homes the looters
would go into the homes and take anything of value they could find.
Henry waited a few days and then returned to
Pocahontas, Arkansas to see if the Confederate soldiers were moving onward. They
did not leave until December 2. On December 4, Henry along with the looters
warned the people of Sturkie that the soldiers were near by. Of course, once the
people left, Henry and the others grabbed what they could from the homes. They
then headed north out of town and stopped near by a spring around 4 miles out of
town. They heard some soldiers coming their way and hid in a hollow that was
close to 400 yards from the spring. At this time, Henry dressed in a Union
Soldiers uniform that he had taken from a man he found lying dead on the road.
Before the soldiers arrived, the men along with Henry buried their loot in a
trench they had dug which was 2 feet deep. After the loot was safely hidden in
sags and under the dirt, the soldier appeared. They were Confederate soldiers
and they grabbed Henry and his fellow companions. Before they could even move, a
group of Union soldiers arrived and captured all the Confederate soldiers, Henry
in his Union soldier attire, and the looters.
Henry convinced the Union soldiers that he had been
captured by the Confederate soldiers. All of the men except for Henry hung.
Henry told the soldiers all the information he had about the whereabouts of the
Confederate soldiers and their plans. Henry stayed with the Union army for the
rest of the war.
Henry never made it back to the location of the
buried loot but on his deathbed at the age of 77, he retold the story to Tom
Hoots. To this day, no one has found the valuables that were stolen during the
Civil War in Arkansas.
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