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On May 22, 1861, Borland lost the election for the Military Board's newly created military position, but June 1 organized, under the Military Board, a brigade of volunteers, later the 3rd Arkansas Regiment Cavalry, CSA. Then, as a newly commissioned colonel in CSA, Borland was ordered to fill the shoes of General Hardee as commander of the Upper Arkansas District of the Confederate army's Western Army until January when General Van Dorn took command. Sickness forced him home, however, before December 15, 1861, (army records) where he remained, receiving an honorable discharge May 1862 (Special Orders #98). He was not "retired January 1862" as the entry states.


Nancy Brewer
Carthage, MO


Solon Borland had many other achievements while serving his government for seven months in Nicaragua.
Your article fails to fully provide that which Borland found to be true in Nicaragua and so reported, of the English-controlled Greytown with its illegal government harassing Americans and taking Americans' properties. This was occurring after it captured the Nicaragua port town, as England did the entire eastern coast north to what now is Belize, from the Central American countries, including Honduras and its Bay Islands, to which Borland had been appointed United States Minister.
See: "Filibusters and Financiers," page 77, 1915, by Wm. O Scroggs, stating his investigation proved the problems were "instigated by the British counsel and ever present naval-officers."
Borland confirmed and reported his findings of the many illegal activities by England's illegally controlled, confiscated port town, renamed Greytown in addition, having to explain his bandaged forehead, results from a thrown bottle while held in Greytown, and supported corrections in his report upon return to Washington DC.

Nancy Brewer
Carthage, MO


Your article doesn't explain why Solon Borland was home during the critical crisis of 1850. He was home because of his wife's serious illness and the death of his niece, whom they were looking after following her mother's death. Thus, the reader is left with a negative view of why he was not in Washington to vote. See "Arkansas Gazette: The Early Years 1819-1866" page 277 by Margaret Ross and http://www.pccua.edu/keough/making_of_a_southern_state.htm, go to "The Fall of the Whigs" 1850 crisis, for reason being home, to name but two.


Nancy Brewer
Carthage, MO


According to my research, Solon Borland's mother's name is spelled Harriott.
Bill Boggess
Fort Myers, FL


The article on Napoleon, Arkansas, led me to this Borland article. Borland's role in placing the Marine Hospital at Napoleon is worth mentioning.
H.W. Duncan
Edmonds, WA