Pvt. Constance Hudson
Co. D - 1st Battalion Arkansas Infantry
Co. C -11th Regiment Missouri Infantry
My great-grandfather, Constance "Con" Hudson, was born in Izard County, Arkansas, 4 January 1842. His father was Reuben Hudson (Hutson). His mother is unknown. Nothing is known of his childhood except that he was farming with his father in Izard County in 1860.
On 1 July 1862, at the age of 20, he volunteered at Jacksonport, Arkansas for six months military service with Union forces. He was mustered in at Helena, Arkansas as a private in Co. D, 1st Battalion Arkansas Infantry. The Battalion was ordered from Helena to Sulphur Springs, Missouri on 20 October 1862, but owing to the "great amount of sickness in the command the destination was changed to Benton Barracks (Missouri)" where the Battalion arrived 25 October 1862. There they remained until they were mustered out on 31 December 1862.
Constance Hudson remained in Missouri, probably settling in or near Crawford County, for on 10 February 1864, he married Malinda J. "Belinda" Wright of Crawford County. Justice of the Peace Thomas H. Clay performed the marriage in Crawford County. A son, William C., was born 22 January 1865.
On 16 February 1865, Constance Hudson was drafted into the Union Army for a period of one year, serving as a private in Co. C, 11th Regiment Missouri Infantry beginning 16 March 1865. He was now 23, stood 5 feet 7 inches, had fair complexion with blue eyes and brown hair. When mustered in he listed his occupation as farmer.
The 11th Regiment Missouri Infantry was in the campaign against Mobile and its defenses from 19 March to 8 April and the assault and capture of Fort Blakely that occurred 9 April. The Regiment subsequently marched to Montgomery, thence to Selma and on to Demopolis. They finally moved to Memphis, Tennessee, 24-25 December, mustering out there 15 January 1865.
Con Hudson returned to his family in Missouri and in 1867 a daughter, Susan Jane was born 22 September. When Susan Jane was almost three her mother, Malinda, died 10 August 1870.
In 1871, Con married Mary Elliott McDaniel on 27 May at Hinch, Crawford County, Missouri. They had five children. By 1880, Con was farming in Washington County, near the farm of Thomas Metcalf.
In 1885 Con's daughter, Susan Jane married Thomas' son, James Martin Metcalf. They had twelve children, including my father, James Martin Jr.
Sometime after 1890, Con moved to Bourbon where he lived and farmed. By 1910 he was truck farming. Con Hudson received a pension for disability in connection with his military service. He suffered from bronchitis, rheumatism and heart disease. In the only two known photographs of him, he uses a cane.
Constance Hudson died on 25 March 1917 of acute bronchitis at the St. Louis home of his son, Robert L. Hudson. He was 75 years 7 months and 22 days old. He is buried in Cross Roads Cemetery, Leasburg, Crawford County, Missouri.