Re: Doctor D. G. Hart
Possible useless information and a question:
Did you ever post any of this in the Arkansas Civil War site?
It is possible that someone might be able to add some more information.
Also, Arkansas has that Gerdes site which will list a lot of the Arkansas men and who they served with.
Plus there is a book called Goodspeeds which I believe was published around the South. People
paid like $15 to put a nice little write up in book saying what good people they were, etc. That can
be helpful too. Lots of times the men would talk about who they had ridden with during the war,
and if they made the trip north with Price. That is a biggy in some parts of Arkansas. It is also
posted on the internet a lot with the county history, genealogy, etc.
Also, being a doctor back at the time this man was practicing medicine did not mean what it does
today by a long shot. It is very possible that it was a means to him being able to spy also.
My husband's grandfather was a country doctor who finished his training in 1904 and he traded
delivering a baby for whatever the family could spare, usually a couple of chickens or perhaps a
bushel of potatoes, or a dozen eggs, or even free, etc. He did that more as a good deed for people
more than anything else.
It was not until times got better in the South that those folks did well, as the time frame and
the economy were so poor. The country doctor's decendants have taken to education like a
duck to water when the opportunity arrived.
Back at some of the times you are talking about, there was no education because there were no schools.
I too was a teacher and spent 40 years in public education so I relate to anything you have to say about that.
Good luck in your search and research.