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Subject: Oliver C. & Virginia L. GRAY
Date: 21 Feb 2005 08:21:21 -0700

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The Grays are among a handfull og geniune individuals we know of, were bornand raised in Lincoln County, Maine, descending from Mayflower and Revolutionary War families, adpting Arkansas as home August 1860 after life in Mississippi, Minnesota, and Maine. They were caught up in the thirteen tumultuous years of civil war and reconstruction.

They came to Arkansas to educate the youth and did, she for 21 and he 45 years.

   Capt. Oliver Crosby Gray became A Company's commander, 3rd Regt. Ark. Cav. and Nov 1862 was dispatched to Princeton, AR to gather their horses (see billing in service records).

   Saturday morning, near 3:00 am, 20 Dec 1862, with the 3rd remounted, Gen. Van Dorn & Col. Earle, took Holly Springs, MS, up-rooting Gen. U.S. Grant.This was one of the greater overall victories for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. They seized equipment, suipplies and delayed Vicksburg Battle for months. Grant, his wife Julia and her slave, retreated to Memphis from Colonel Harvey Washington Walter's mansion, "Walter Place", left standing in all its splendor, due to courtesy shown Mrs Grant. Later, Gen Grant likewise, disallowed ravaging homes on way to Vicksburg in Gen Van Dorn's home town, of Port Gibson, MS.

   While appointed Provost Marshall by Gen Armstrong late 1863,--- now under and with approval of Col Hobson, Gen Humes, Gen Jackson & Gen Hood, Oliver submitted his 2nd request, dated, Sunday, 17 July 1864 from Sandtown, GA to Gen. Cooper in Richmond, to allow him to resign Army and join Confederate Navy. It was accepted 19 Aug, with Capt Robert A. Deadman taking command of A Company, however Atlanta was lost to the Federals 13 days later, when Gen Hood abandoned it 1 Sep 1864.

Its unknown if in Navy when Fed's captured Oliver Wednesday, 16 Nov at Choctaw Bend, MS, for he is listed, incorrectly, Capt. 3rd Regt. Ark. Cav., imprisoned on Ship Island, off shore of Biloxi, MS, exchanged 2 Mar 1865, back home in Princeton 1 Apr 1865.
See: "Life in Confederate Arkansas: The Diary of Virginia Davis Gray, 1863-1866", annoted & published by Dr Carl H. Moneyhon in Arkansas Historical Quarterklly's Volume XLII & XLIII, 1983.

See: "The Grays From Maine" documented booklet, on file at; Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock and Special Collections, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Public Library plus historicial organizations and muesums in Washington County, AR.

Can email the 14 page text from booklet upon request.

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