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 Post subject: Re: GENERAL JAMES YELL
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:50 pm 
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Posted by Tom Ezell on June 28, 2001 at 13:40:03:

In Reply to: Re: GENERAL JAMES YELL posted by Bruce Allardice on June 28, 2001 at 11:47:48:

James Yell was the son of former governor and Mexican War "martyr" Archibald Yell, and was pretty active in the secession movement in Arkansas. Appointed as commander of the Arkansas State Troops, he quickly saw his command being dissolved as Governor Rector and the Military Board turned the State Troops over to service for the Confederate central government. Yell and N. Bart Pearce actively and successfully opposed allowing Confederate officers to address Pearce's command of the State Troops in order to induce them to re-enlist for Confederate service in the late summer of 1861. While AST units under McCulloch and Hardee for the most part signed up fr Jeff Davis, Pearce's units did not, turned in their gear, and mustered out of service in Sepetember '61.

Yell must have been deeply disappointed to have been shunted aside so quickly, and this evidently led to his basically abandoning the Confederacy and sitting out the rest of the War in Texas.

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 Post subject: Re: GENERAL JAMES YELL
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Posted by Doyle on June 28, 2001 at 15:30:43:

In Reply to: Re: GENERAL JAMES YELL posted by Bruce Allardice on June 28, 2001 at 11:47:48:

Yes, you may well be correct. In General Yell's becoming soured on the War.

I have read your book and am a friend of several of the people who contributed some of the James Yell information for your book. And, I am sure that Powell Clayton interest in Gen. Yell was because he was viewed as a Leading figure in Pine Bluff politics and not for his seemingly loyalist view he later adopted.

Yell's view on Impressment and the Draft were not uncommon in the south either. As such things as Conscription and impressment were ideals that certainly went against the ideals of individual "State Rights" Government of which the Confederacy was founded upon. And, it is a fact that as the War progressed the Confederacy adopted several centralist/federalist Government ideals to fight the war (such as Conscription)that it original protested against in 1861 (Lincoln's demand that Arkansas provide Troops to help put down the "Rebellion"). So, I can understand Yell disallusionment with the cause. And, can see where he would have though that what was wrong for the Goose was also wrong for the Gander.

However, as you pointed out Gen. Yells Son Fountain Pitt Yell did become the Colonel of the 26th Arkansas and was killed in Action at Mansfield, La. in 1864. Another sidelight was that Gen. Yells servant Willy Jones had served with Fountain Yell as his body servant until his death. Willy Jones returned to Pine Bluff and then went to Waco to rejoin James Yell there. He returned to Pine Bluff after the war and remained with Gen. Yell until his death in 1867. He then went into several Business ventures with mostly ex-confederate partners and became the richest Black businessman west of the Mississippi. Being worth several Million dollars.

So, It would seem that Gen. Yell's defence of persons who resisted the Conscript Act did little damage to his influence. And, Col. Clayton's attention were directed against Gen. Yell as a southern secessionist and Yell may certainly have been on a "Hit List" of southern "Officials".

His refusal to join the Confederate Army in 1861 and the fact that he was a strong defender of Arkansas States Rights, played a part in his not being give any further command, after the Army of Arkansas. Tempered with his age and health also playing a part.

But again my original point was that after that he still appears to have been somewhat active in the political rather than a military forefront. Which you support with your observations.


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 Post subject: Re: GENERAL JAMES YELL
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Posted by Bruce Allardice on June 28, 2001 at 15:50:07:

In Reply to: "Oh, how the Mighty have fallen..." posted by Tom on June 28, 2001 at 13:40:03:

All the above very true, except that James Yell was Gov. Yell's nephew, not son.


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