A Guide to the Francena Martin Sutton Narrative, [ca. 1914]
A resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Francena Martin Sutton (d. 1914) traveled to Washington, Arkansas, with a group of women and children in 1864, hoping to escape the hardships of the Civil War. After their arrival in Washington, Confederate soldiers escorted the women to Paris, Texas. Sutton had at least two children, William Seneca Sutton, a dean of the University of Texas School of Education, and Mary Sutton Kinsworthy.
The typescript of the Francena Martin Sutton Narrative, [ca. 1914], concerns life in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1864 and the journey of a group of Fayetteville women and children to Washington, Arkansas, that year. The account describes combat in Fayetteville; relations between the women, Union and Confederate soldiers, and slaves; hardships of weather and food during the journey; and encounters with Native Americans.
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Francena Martin Sutton Narrative, [ca. 1914], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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