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19th Arkansas Infantry (CSA)
Ancestor Info
Name: Cumberland PolkRank: Private Company: B

Cumberland Polk escaped at Memphis, TN after the Arkansas Post capture. 'The prisoners were loaded onto riverboats, one being the Sam Gaty, which was loaded by 7 P. M. on January 12, and steamed down the river about one mile the next day. The Gaty lay at this location all that day, waiting for other boats to arrive so they could travel in the protection of a convoy. Departing about 2 p. m. on the 14th for Memphis, Tenn., they reaching the mouth of the river, and remained all night. River travel can be precarious at best, and was dangerous after nightfall. The pilot needed vision to avoid sand bars or tree trunks floating down the river. Jan. 15th, was cold and snowing as they started up the River, arriving at Memphis at sunset the next day. Five men escaped at Memphis, James T. Anderson (I), John H. Bell (I), Sgt. Castle (H), Cum Polk (B) and John A. Turner (I). Procuring a skiff, they crossed the river, making their way to Little Rock overland, and on to their homes. The local citizens at Memphis were kind when they arrived, but 2 days later. the boats loaded with prisoners left at 8 A. M., bound for St. Louis, Mo.' Published in: Dawson's 19th Ark Inf, CSA (184 page manuscript) 1994 by Merrill Pence

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Contact Name: John D. Clifton
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