Sevier County -- History Articles

1. Documents Relating to Leasing of Salt Springs in Southwest Arkansas, 1832-42," edited by Ted R. Worley in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 16 (Spring 1957): 389-97.
Copies of leases of salt springs in Sevier county.
2. "Salt Springs and Salt Works in Arkansas," by Virginia Buxton in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 16 (Winter 1957): 383-86.
Tells about early salt works in Sevier and Howard counties.
3. "The Salt Industry in Arkansas Teritory, 1819-1836," by Daniel F.Littlefield, Jr. in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 32 (Winter 1973): 312-36.
Explains the technical operation of Arkansas salt springs, which were some of the most productive at the time, and the political rivalries and disputes that developed over control
and ownership of the springs.
4. "Reminiscences of an Arkansas Pioneer as Recorded in 1890," edited by H.M. McIver in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 17 (Spring 1958): 56-67.
Oral history from Clark Ward, an early settler of Rocky Comfort circa the1820s and later a Confederate soldier at the Battle of Shiloh.
5. "Clayton's Militia in Sevier and Howard Counties," by Virginia Buxton in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 20 (Winter 1961): 344-50.
Two letters published in 1890 from local citizens, opponents of Reconstruction and Governor Clayton Powell's declaration of martial law in 1868 in southwest Arkansas.
6. "'A Dear Little Job:' Second Lieutenant Hiram F. Willis, Freedman's Bureau Agent in Southwestern Arkansas, 1866-1868," by William L. Richter in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 50 (Summer 1994): 158-200.
A thorough account of the work of Willis's effort to assist newly freed African Americans after the Civil War.
7. "Major Josiah H. Demby's History of Catterson's Militia," edited by Ted R. Worley in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 16(Summer 1957): 203-11.
An account by a leader of Catterson's force that suppressed the Ku Klux Klan in southwest Arkansas in 1868, partly in response to the murder of Freedman Bureau agent Hiram F. Willis. (See article above.)