Dooley’s Ferry

Located in southern Hempstead County, Arkansas, Dooley’s Ferry was one of the early American settlements in southwest Arkansas. Between the early 1830s and the Civil War, Dooley’s Ferry grew as one of the nodes in the global supply chain that took Arkansas cotton to textile mills in the United Kingdom and northeastern United States.

The war brought changes and challenges to Dooley’s Ferry. My doctoral dissertation, completed for The College of William & Mary, focused on how the war affected the community at Dooley’s Ferry, and how we might read those changes in the historical and archaeological records.

This research is situated within the context of conflict archaeology, an emerging area of research that seeks to explore the material traces of societies at war. It is one of the few studies that specifically focuses on civilians during wartime, and is part of growing interest in historical archaeological research in Arkansas.

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