A COMPANY OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS DRINKING
WATER IN WAR TIMES ON GEORGES CREEK
By S. C. Turnbo
The John Hudson Spring is on Georges Creek six and one-half miles north of Yellville, Arkansas. It is a fine spring of pure cold water and gushes out at the foot of the bluff on the east side of the creek. The water comes out from under a large overhanging rock. A short distance above this spring in the forks of the creek is where "Southfoot" Bill Woods built a saw and grist mill which was burned down during the great Civil War. Mr. Wood after loosing his mill went to Texas and died in Comanche County. At this old millsite is another fine spring of water. Returning to the Hudson Spring just below where the mill stood I saw Captain William C. Mitchells entire company of Infantry which was raised for the confederate service halt here and drink of this pure cold water and rest their tired feet and weary limbs for more than an hour. It was a hot afternoon and every man was thirsty for a cold drink of water and they got it here. The company was on its way to Yellville from Sugar Loaf. As I finish writing the foregoing I wonder how many of those gallant southerners who were present there that afternoon and drank of this pure sparkling water are living now. Only a few of them are left and where are they?
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