Before the Civil War, Thomas Hindman was a lawyer, newspaper owner, and one of Arkansas’s most prominent Fire-Eaters (a politician that is pro-slavery and pro-secession). His prospects for greatness rose and fell with the Confederate Government, rising to the rank of Major General and then being unable to practice law or hold office when he refused to take a loyalty oath after the surrender of the Confederacy.
He returned to Helena penniless and unable to hold any job. In 1868, he was assassinated by unknown assailants at his house. This is one of the bullets that was pulled from his body by the attending doctor.
Cover photo credit: helenamuseum.com