The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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In many instances men who were killed during the angry times of the great Civil War between the north and south were buried by the women and children on the same spot or nearby where the enemy had slain them. They were simply shot down on first eight or pursued and killed and their bodies left where they fell to be taken care of by their friends and relatives. In truth there was hardly anyone left to care for the bodies except the wives and daughters and small boys. As we have often repeated we feel thankful and rejoice that those days of trouble, strife and blood-shed are gone and we hope they will never return again to disturb the peace loving people of the United States any more. The guerrillas, robbers, cutthroats—in fact all irregulars of either side were alike guilty in shooting down every man they met almost if they thought they were the least opposed to them. Among the man who were slain in North Fork Township in Marion County, Arkansas, was a man of the name of Jack Nash who lived on White River. Mr. Ewing Hogan, who was a small boy at the breaking out of the war, informed me that Mr. Nash was killed on the side of a hill on the George Hogan place 1 ½ miles below the mouth of Little North Fork. He was shot in the head and killed instantly and the enemy left the body where it fell to be devoured by the vultures and wild beasts. But the kind ladies and little boys of the neighborhood collected together and gave the body as decent burial as circumstances would admit. Mr. Hogan said that the remains received interment near the spot where they were found.

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