Confederate Private Thomas McKissack (19th Texas Infantry, Company C) informed his half-brother’s wife that Private William Stoker (19th Texas Infantry, Company H) had been shot on April 30, 1864 during the Battle of Jenkins Ferry in Grant County, Arkansas. Confederate forces failed to prevent Union forces from retreating across the Saline River during the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. While McKissack was confident that his half-brother would survive, William never returned home to Elizabeth and his daughter Priscilla in Coffeeville, Texas. (By Don Sailer)
Thomas F. McKissack to Elizabeth E. Stoker, May 7, 1864, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
David Gillespie, Dickinson College