Wednesday, April 1, 2015


William Riley Ogden

  As was recently announced, QSCR research has expanded into the neighboring counties of Benton, Washington, Carroll and Madison counties. And in this new post, we visit Harrison in Boone County! Here we find William Quantrill's personal friend from J. F. Hill's 7th Arkansas Cavalry, William "Black Riley" Ogden!
  Ogden was born on January 9, 1838 in Madison County, Arkansas. His military background shows that on February 21, 1863, he enlisted in Hill's 7th Arkansas cavalry, Co. E. On November 15, 1863, he was reprieved by the enemy. While serving as a scout for Hill's 7th, he reportedly visited with Quantrill several times while Quantrill was "devastating the front" during Sterling Price's Missouri raid. They became so well acquainted that the relationship turned into close personal friends. Ogden currently appears on a couple of Quantrill rosters, but not as a guerrilla. Here is one example:
  The nickname "Black Riley" originated from family distinguishing between he and his first cousin, William Riley Ogden. His cousin was fair skinned and light headed while he had dark hair and darker skin.
  He passed on October 27, 1900 in Cerro Gardo, Arkansas and was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas.

  The next new post is a doozy! I can't give any hints. It'd be just too easy to figure out. So I guess you'll have to tune in next time! See ya' soon!

Picture of William Ogden is courtesy of Emory Cantey
Picture credit of Ogden grave to Bobby and Carol Babin Estes at