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THE PONDER PAPERS: LINZY DUDLEY "THE TIME OF THE WAR"

I had another opportunity to examine the Jerry Ponder papers and found a nice surprise, "The Time of the War by Linzy Dudley as told to Charles Booker".  It turns out that Charles Booker was the Ripley County Clerk at the time that Dudley shared his story with him , which (in my opinion) lends credibility to the paper.

Originally I believed this was one of the discarded papers found by Ponder during the consolidation of the Doniphan City Library and the Ripley County Library in the early 1990's. However Ponder's notes state that this document was provided to him by Carl Dudley.

Dudley states that before they surrendered at Jacksonport, Arkansas in May, 1865 , they burnt all their records in order to protect themselves from Union reprisals. Dudley also states that the 15th Missouri Cavalry, CSA also had 20 "colored" soldiers who served with them and that the Yankees refused to accept their surrender. Dudley , however, states that these men were free men and had been free men since before the war.






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