PEACH ORCHARD DURING THE CIVIL WAR

ABBY B. WILLIAMS

PEACH ORCHARD , ARK.

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

THIS IS CIVIL WAR STUFF THAT COMES FROM ONE WHO LIVED THROUGH IT AS A CHILD. HE TOLD IT TO ME WHEN HE WAS AN OLD , OLD MAN . NOW I'M ALMOST 86 .

BACK IN THE DAYS OF INDIAN TRADING , THERE WAS A TRADING POST JUST BACK OF WHERE MY HOUSE NOW STANDS AT PEACH ORCHARD . THERE WAS A SMALL CLEARING AND SOME FRUIT TREES SET OUT BY THE TRADER.

RAIDERS HARASSED THE COUNTRY , SO THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE SENT DEEP INTO THE WOODS ON THE BANK OF CACHE RIVER . AN OLD EX-SLAVE WHO HAD BELONGED TO A FAMILY NAMED LINDLEY WENT WITH THEM TO MENIAL CHORES. HE WAS KNOWN AS "L".

SEVERAL TOOK VALUABLES AND EVEN MONEY AND BURIED THEM AT THE CAMP. SOME OF IT WAS DUG UP LATER . THE TRADING POST WAS RAIDED AND THE MEN ALL KILLED AS THE FAMILIES SCATTERED.

A SHORT TIME LATER , THE MISSOURI PACIFIC PUT ITS TRACKS THROUGH AND HAD A CAMP IN THE CLEARING LEFT FROM THE TRADING POST. THERE WAS A PEACH TREE STILL STANDING SO THE CAMP WAS KNOWN AS PEACH TREE CAMP.

AS SETTLERS CAME HERE , " PEACH oRCHARD " WAS THE NATURAL NAME . THE GROUND USED TO SHOW EVIDENCE OF DIGGING FOR THE BURIED TREASURE.