Charles T. Jordan lived in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, from about 1859 to 1862. He grew up in North Carolina and moved to Arkansas from Tennessee via Georgia. Unmarried, he tried to make a living practicing law but seemed to live in poverty. While in Arkadelphia, he met Caddo Barkman, a granddaughter of Clark County pioneer Jacob Barkman. Jordan proposed to her but was turned down. Little is known about him, but he left a small journal in which he wrote in great variety.
Dr. Philip G. Horton retired from Henderson State University's (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) faculty June 30, 1962. In 1974 he was in Enid, Oklahoma, transcribing Jordan's journal.
Much of the Charles T. Jordan journal consists of his poetry; but interspersed are short essays and comments on the Civil War as well as a variety of other topics. The work also contains a multi-page defense of slavery as an institution. There are a few case titles and mentions of trips to other communities in southwest Arkansas. Included is a brief introduction to Jordan’s journal by P.G. Horton, along with a handwritten transcription of the journal.
Charles T. Jordan Journal. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.