posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 02:09 PM
There was a story that was passed down from one generation to the next about a confederate warship making its way down the Arkansas River filled with
millions in gold and silver bars. It began its trip in Colorado heading down the Arkansas River, then would cut into the Mississippi River.
Destination was said to be Vicksburg, MS. One of the stops for the ship was to be at the capital of Arkansas (Little Rock). But before the warship
was able to pass through Little Rock on September of 1863, the small capital was taken by the Union army. Upon hearing of this, the confederates
could not let this ship fall into enemy hands. So the story goes that the Confederates sunk the ship somewhere between Natural Steps and Monnie
Springs, Arkansas. The Confederates that left the ship made their way into the small town of Natural Steps and then to Roland, that is when word began
to spread. Three of these Confederate soldiers that were injured during the sinking are now buried in the Natural Steps Cemetary in unmarked graves.
The rest of the crew headed south with their story, what happened to them and their story on the way, no one knows. But some believe these men sunk
this ship at the bottom of the Natural Steps (town was named for rocks that naturally formed steps that led from a ridge down into the river, and
still exist today) as a marker for where the ship could be found later. Others say its buried beneath a soybean field somewhere in the area. Over time
as the river change course, it was covered by sandy loam and other deposits, now is farmed. The river has since grown wider and deeper due to daming.
But it was a story told over 150 years from one family to the next, if its true, I do not know. Only the river and dead confederates really know.