A Postcard from the Past
Greetings, dear listeners! The PleasureTown Historical Society is pleased to present a new addition to our collection of artifacts from the past. In Episode 2 of our second season, we become reacquainted with Jebediah, the blind brother of Elijah, the town barber. In this episode, we learn about Jeb’s childhood in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and the tragic events that put him and his brother on the path to PleasureTown.
Pine Bluff played a dramatic role in the Civil War, serving as a haven behind Confederate lines for refugees and runaway slaves. The 1st Regiment Kansas Volunteer Infantry, an outfit that was mostly made up of runaway slaves from Missouri and Arkansas, left their mark on Pine Bluff when they served as guardians of the town, protecting the town’s citizens from Confederate attacks. Perhaps the most notable event of Pine Bluff’s involvement in the war came on Oct.25, 1863, when Confederate General J.S. Marmaduke tried to retake the town but was decisively repelled by a combination of freedmen and Union forces.
Below are scans of a postcard written by Jeb and Eli’s mother to her sister from Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Don’t forget to join the story as we rummage through the past for more secrets about the town and its citizens’ histories!