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Isaac Murphy to J.H. Leard, December 9, 1865, Little Rock, Arkansas

Isaac Murphy
Isaac Murphy had been the provisional governor of Arkansas since Union forces had captured Little Rock in 1863. Even with the fighting over, his state was now suffering extreme privation thanks to the disruption of the conflict. Murphy, famous as the single negative voter in 1861 at Arkansas' Secession Convention in 1861, wrote to Reverend J. H. Leard, who he had known as chaplain of the First Arkansas, a federal unit Murphy had raised, and was now the Arkansas agent of the American Union Commission, a noted charitable organisation. Leard had already in September 1865 warned his superiors of the difficulties facing people in the state, especially loyal Arkansans. With winter in full swing, Murphy is again reminding the American Union of the pressing need for relief. (By John Osborne)


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