• Ex-Confederate George Crump Hunted Outlaws in Arkansas Seeks Payment for Posse

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    GEORGE J. CRUMP (1841-1928) was a lawyer and a Confederate officer in the 16th Arkansas Infantry. Crump was captured by Union forces in retreat from Corinth, Mississippi.  He was paroled after signing an oath that he wouldn’t fight against the Union.  He rejoined his unit and took part in the Siege at Port Hudson.  Captured there, Crump was put on a ship heading to a prisoner internment camp.  He jumped off and escaped with two other prisoners. Crump later became an Arkansas legislator in the House and Senate.  Crump was also involved in the Brooks-Braxton War, an armed conflict between factions of the Republican Party over the disputed 1872 election for governor. From 1893-1897, he served as U.S. Marshal in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for the Western District, during the tenure of “hanging” JUDGE ISAAC PARKER, who was known to have sentenced a large number of convicts to death.

    Offering a document, 8 ½” x 13 ¾”, document, September 10, 1896, involving the arrest of several outlaws and a claim by John Barnwell “for 20 days’ service as posse comitatus, from Aug 10th to Sept 3 1896” and his employment of Sid Johnston.  The outlaws included Seaborn Perryman, David Roberts, Frank Duncan, Ben Porter, Ben Grayson, and Frank Delaney. Signed by Crump, Barnwell and Johnston.

    Folds, toning, light soiling. Fold tears reinforced with archival tape.

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