THE OLD WINTER QUARTERS OF COLONEL MITCHELL’S REGIMENT
OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS OF THE WINTER OF 1861-2
By S. C. Turnbo


The author remembers being at the camp ground of the 14th Arkansas Regiment of Infantry C. S. A. when it was in winter quarters in Madison Coty, Arkansas, in the winter of 1861-2. My father J. C. Turnbo was an officer in Captain Lewis Hudson’s company of that regiment and I visited my father in the early part of December, 1861, when they made their permanent camp there. It has been so long that my recollections of the locality of the camp has faded. But Mr. E. B. (Ben) Hager who was a resident in Madison County when Colonel Wm. C. Mitchell the commander of this regiment was camped there. He says that the regimental winter quarters was in a hollow that flows into War Eagle River and 3 ½ miles from Huntsville. The ground occupied by the men was once known as the old camp ground where a number of big revival meeting had been carried on long before wartimes. A fine spring of water which was nearby furnished plenty of water for the soldiers as well as the meeting folks. Colonel Mitchell used the old harbor for the storage of commissaries by having it stockaded or making sides to it with logs, poles, and lumber. The land on which the regiment camped on belonged to Neal Does and was on the main road leading from Huntsville to Ozark on the Arkansas River and was one-half mile from the War Eagle River where the ford was known as the first crossing. This ford was four miles from Huntsville.

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