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THE PONDER PAPERS: UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Among the Jerry Ponder papers is a letter from the United States Department of the Interior / National Park Service written by the Department Chief Historian Ed Bearss and dated January 2, 1991.

Ponder had written Bearss about "The Wilson Massacre" and Bearss replied by stating"
I have read with great interest your letter concerning the 15th Missouri Cavalry Regiment and the December 25, 1863, engagement at Pulliam's Battleground Hollow, Missouri. Although I do not have any documentation , experience leads me to believe that your assumption about the men identified in the prisoner-of-war role as being from Company A , Shaver's Infantry Regiment , is correct. 
It is proof that the National Parks Service found Ponder's work on the Wilson Massacre credible.

I am also including a letter that Jerry Ponder sent to John L. Ferguson of the Arkansas History Commission on November 21, 1990.


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