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CIVIL WAR SERVICE
JOHN HOUSTON LUMPKIN

Submitted by: Sharon Staton (slstaton@arkansas.net)

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John Houston Lumpkin age fifty-two was living with his wife and children in Calf Creek Township, Searcy Co. Arkansas. In 1880 and later in 1900 Buffalo Township, Marion Co. Arkansas. With his wife Amanda Elizabeth 'Brantley' and their children, Laura Amy age twenty-three, Catherine Cordelia age nineteen, Thomas Houston age seventeen, Charles age thirteen, Artelia age eight

When John H. Lumpkin was sixteen he left home to enlist in the Confederate Army in Yellville. According to his own statement when filing for a Confederate Pension he was in Compay C, Elliot's Battalion Cavalry until being transferred to Thompson's Brigade. He was also in Shelby's Brigade and Price's Battalion. He surrendered at Jacksonport and was honorably discharged at the end of his service. He spoke of his experiences to a nephew Dale Lumpkin, son of William Baldwin Lumpkin, brother of John.

He spoke of soldiering up north and nearly freezing to death; how their shoes had worn out and they were barefoot in the snow. He remembered how the soldiers chased him and he ran into the water and came up under and inside a hollow tree. He said he could hear the soldier's talking about catching him. He also told of about being so hungry that when he found pigskin covered with maggots he scraped the maggots off the skin cooked and ate them to keep from starving to death.

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