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Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, May, 2015 Edition

Many thanks to our April speaker, Steve Perdue, Head of Genealogy and local history from the Department of the Saline County Library, on Fagan & Crawford, Saline County’s own.

Our speaker for our May 26th meeting will be Vernon Dutton about the 3rd Arkansas.

Civil War History for the month of May
1 & 2, 1863, Battle of Chancellorsville
1, 1863, The 1st AR Volunteers of African descent were mustered into service
3, 1864m Gen. Frederick Steele crossed the Saline River to reach LR after evacuating Camden
5, 1864, Battle of Wilderness begins
5, 1861, Jackson Guard formed at Jacksonport as part of 1st AR Infantry Regiment
6, 1861, Arkansas secedes
6, 1861, Davis approves state of war between US & CS
8, 1862, Battle of McDowell, VA
10, 1863, “Stonewall” Jackson dies
11, 1865, Majority of AR active soldiers surrendered with Gen. M. Jeff Thompson
12, 1864, Battle of “Bloody Angle” at Spotsylvania Courthouse
12, 1863, Skirmish at Taylor’s Creek end with Confederate victory
13, 1861, Military board met in LR to organize the state for war after secession
15, 1864, Battle of New Market, VA
16, 1863, Battle of Champion’s Hill
17, 1864, Confederate forces captured at Dardanelle
18, 1863, Siege of Vicksburg begins
19, 1863, Action at Whitney’s Lane ended in Confederate victory
20, 1861, North Carolina secedes
20, 1861, Arkansas formally admitted to Confederate States of America
23, 1861, Virginia secedes
25, 1862, Battle of Winchester
27, 1861, Citizens of Pilot Hill, now Salem, organized 108 home guards to protect local citizens
28, 1818, Gen. Pierce G. T. Beauregard, born
28, 1863, First Black regiment, 54th Mass, leaves Boston
31, 1863, Battle of Fair Oaks, VA
(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014 and The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture calendar, 2011)

Minutes, April 28, 2015 meeting
Meeting was called to order by President, Jan Sarna.

Quorum was declared.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the minutes from the March meeting.

Motion was made, seconded, and passed to donate $100.00 in the memory of Allen Elsworth, Jr. to the Civil War Preservation Trust.

Treasurer reported that he had not received the bank statement but we should have est. #3,161.64 in the bank.

President, Jan Sarna introduced the speaker, Steve Perdue.

Reminder that Ft. Lincoln will be Saturday, May 2nd.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May, 26, 2015 at 7:000p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Churc

Death of Pat Johnson

May 18, 2015

Otis Patrick “Pat” Johnson, a longtime member of the Civil War Round Table, passed away on Thursday, May 14. Our condolences go out to his family. A memorial service will be Tuesday, May 19 at 2pm at St. James Methodist Church. Memorials may be made in memory of Pat Johnson to St. James Methodist Church (321 Pleasant Valley Dr., LR, AR 72212) or his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute (309 Letcher Ave, Lexington, VA, 24450).

 

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Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, April, 2015, Edition

Many thanks to our March speaker, Ron Kelly. It was a wonderful program on the Battle of Helena.

Minutes, March 24, 2014 meeting
In the absence of our President, Jan Sarna, Lonnie Spikes moderated the March meeting.

A Quorum was declared.

Treasurer,Brian Brown, reported that we have $2,551 in the bank.

Motion was made, seconded, and passed to accept the January minutes.

There was no new business or unfinished business.

Lonnie Spikes introduced our speaker, Ron Kelly.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 7:00p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church. Our speaker will be Steve Purdue from the Saline County Library. He’s talk will be on Fagan and Crawford, Saline County’s Own.

Have You Paid Your Dues
Below is a list of everyone that have paid their 2015 dues. If you have not paid your dues, you may either bring you money to the April meeting or send in your payment of $20.00 to:
C/O Brian Brown
Laser Law Firm
101 S. Spring St.
Ste. 300
Little Rock, AR 72201

Here are the ones that have paid their 2015 dues. If you have paid your dues and your name is not on this list, please let us know:
Pat Johnson
Ken & Brenda Ziegenfielder
Robert & Nell Lynford
Richard Brannon
David & Marian Hodges
Joe T. Clements, Jr.
Norman Savers
Jan Sarna
Kent Shreeve
Don Curdie
Jack Perciful
Craig Filliam
Phillip & Sherrell Snodgrass
Don Hamilton
Lonnie & Jane Anne Spikes
Brian Brown
Christopher P. & Linda K Bills
David F. Gruenewald
Gerald & Jacqueline Senn
Bruce & Marsha Gaudette
Bill Adams
Henry Lyle Rogers
Sanford Wilbourn
Mary Evans

Note from the Butler Center
“We’re please to announce that Butler Center for Arkansas Studies has just reprinted Calvin Collier’s classic study of the Third Arkansas Regiment-”They’ll Do the Tie To!: The story of Hood’s Arkansas Toothpicks.” Originally published in 1959 and now out of print, this new edition has a Forward by Mark Christ of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Thanks and kind regards. Ron Lorenzen, Manager, Butler Center Publishing.”

Civil War History for the month of April
1,1864-The Action at Fitzhugh’s Woods was fought as Union forces ventured from LR to Woodruff Co.
2,1864-The Skirmishs at Okolona, which spanned 2 days of fighting in Clark Co., began
3,1864-The Engagement at Elkin’s Ferry. A 2 day period of fighting in Clark & Nevada Co. began
4,1864-Conf. Brg. Gen. John Marmaduke resumed his assault on Union forces at Elkin’s Ferry, failed
6,1862-Battle of Shiloh
7,1862-Battle of Shiloh
9,1865-Lee surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse
10,1806-Gen. Leonidas Polk, C.S., born
11,1864-The Skirmish at Prairie D’Ane ended in Union victory, though it proved the turning point of the Union’s failed Camden Expedition
12,1861-Conf. fire on Ft. Sumter
14,1865-President Abraham Lincoln assassinated
15, 1862 The AR Conf. congressional delegation requested that Pres. Davis return AR forces to AR
16, 1863 Conf. Brig. Gen. Wlm Cabell’s cavalry, left Ozark with a mission to attach the Fed. command at Fayetteville
17, 1863-Maj. Gen. John Marmaduke’s fighting withdrawal from his second Missouri raid began
18,1864-Isaac Murphy was inaugurated as AR 8th governor, having been chosen in Jan. as the provisional Gov. by parts of the state until Union control
19,1862-Battle of South Mills
23,1861-Ft. Smith came under control of the Confederate Army
26,1865-The only photo of the doomed steamship, Sultana, was taken during a short stop at Helena
27,1822-Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, U.S., born
27, 1865-The overloaded Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River killing est. 1,800. Mostly Union soldiers released from Confederate prisons at war’s end
29,1864-John Marmaduke’s troops began skirmishing with the Federal Rear Guard of Brig. Gen. Frederick Salomon’s Division at Jenkin’s Ferry
29,1862-New Orleans surrenders to Union
(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014 and The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture calendar, 2011)

 

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Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, March, 2015 Edition

Our speaker on March 24th will be Ron Kelly. He’s program will be about the Battle of Helena.

Civil War History for the month of March
March 3, 1863, Enrollment Act passed
March 3, 1865, Congress creates Freeman’s Bureau
March 4, 1861, Lincoln inaugurated 16th President
The first secession convention led by pro-Unionist majority, convened in Little Rock
March 4, 1865, President Lincoln’s second inaugural
March 4, 1826, General John Buford, U.S., born
March 6, 1831, General Philip H. Sheridan, U.S., born
March 7, 1862, Battle of Pea Ridge
March 8, 1862, Battle of Pea Ridge ended in Confederate defeat
March 9, 1862, Battle of USS Monitor and CSS Virginia
March 12, 1864, Red River Campaign begins
U. S. Grant promoted to command all Union forces
March 13, 1862, The action at Spring River ended in Union victory
March 16, 1861, The Territory of Arizona secedes
March 16, 1865, The 6th Ark. Volunteer Infantry fought its last C.W. battle in Bentonville, NC
March 17, 1828, General Patrick Cleburne, C.S., born
March 17, 1865, Campaign to capture Mobile begins
March 20, 1862, Former AR governor John Selden Roane received a commission as a Brigadier General in
the Confederate army
March 22, 1817, General Brayton Bragg, C.S. born
March 23, 1864, General Frederick Steele moved his troops south from LR beginning what came to be
known as the Camden Expedition
March 28, 1818, General Wade Hampton, C.S., born
March 28, 1862, Taylor marches to reinforce Jackson
March 28, 1865, Appomattox Campaign begins
(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014 and The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture calendar, 2011)

Since we did not have a meeting February, included are the January 27th minutes.
Minutes, January 27, 2015 meeting
Meeting was called to order by President, Jan Sarna.

Quorum was declared.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the minutes from the October meeting.

Treasurer reported that he had not received the bank statement but we should have est. $2,555 in the bank.

President, Jan Sarna introduced the speaker, Tom Ezell.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:000p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tonight’s Meeting has been canceled due to the weather!  February 24, 2015!

 

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, February, 2015 Edition
Once again, it is time for the annual dues. Dues are $20.00 per family. Also we are trying to update our information on members. If, when you send in your money, give us your name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address on a slip of paper in print (you know, sometimes we cannot read your scripted handwriting), this would be a big help.

There will be the reenactment of the Battle of Helena on March 12, 13, & 14. Go to arkansastoothpick.com for more information.

Thanks to Tom Ezell for his talk in January.

Our speaker on February 24th will be Rob MacGregor. He’s program will be about Nathan Bedford Forrest before the war.

Civil War History for the month of January
Feb. 1, 1861, Texas secedes
Feb. 1, 1865, Sherman begins Carolina Campaign
Feb. 1, 1861, Gov. Henry Rector called for volunteers to help defend LR against Fed. troops falsely rumored to be heading up AR River
Feb. 2, 1803, Gen. Albert S. Johnson CS born
Feb. 3, 1807, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston CS born
Feb. 3, 1864, Meridan Campaign begins
Feb. 3, 1865, Peace talks begin
Feb. 5, 1861, The Yell Rifles received orders to seize the Fed. Arsenal at LR
Feb. 6, 1832, Gen. John Brown Gordon CS born
Feb. 6, 1833, Gen. J. E. B. Stuart CS born
Feb. 6, 1834, Gen William Dorsey Pender CS born
Feb. 6, 1861, Gov. Henry Rector send a note to Capt. James Totten requesting his surrender of the arsenal in LR
Feb. 8, 1820, Gen. William T. Sherman US born
Feb. 8, 1862, Battle of Roanoke Island
Feb. 8, 1861, Fed. troops evacuate the arsenal at LR
Feb. 9, 1861, Jeff Davis elected President of the Confederacy
Feb. 9, 1864, Future Gov. Daniel Jones Webster married Margaret Hadley of Hamburg and then returned to command his regiment
Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln born
Feb. 12, 1861, Gov. Henry Rector had state troops seize a marine hospital and any ammunition shipments in the town of Napoleon (Desha County) to prevent them from falling into Union hands
Feb. 13, 2862, Battle of Ft. Donelson
Feb. 14, 1824, Gen. Winfield S. Hancock US born
Feb. 16, 1862, In the first military engagement of the C. W. in AR, Confederate & Union troops clashed at Pott’s Hill in Benton County
Feb. 17, 1865, Columbia surrenders
Feb. 18, 1862, The Action at Bentonville ended in Union victory
(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014 and The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture calendar, 2011)
Minutes, January 27, 2015 meeting
Meeting was called to order by President, Jan Sarna.

Quorum was declared.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the minutes from the October meeting.

Treasurer reported that he had not received the bank statement but we should have est. $2,555 in the bank.

President, Jan Sarna introduced the speaker, Tom Ezell.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:000p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church.

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, January, 2015 Edition

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Once again, it is time for the annual dues. Dues are $20.00 per family. Also we are trying to update our information on members. If, when you send in your money, give us your name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address on a slip of paper in print (you know, sometimes we cannot read your scripted handwriting), this would be a big help.

 

Tom Ezell will be our speaker for the January 27th meeting. Tom’s subject is Free Masons in the Civil War.

 

Civil War History for the month of January

 

January 1, 1863, Lincoln signs Emancipation Proclamation

January 2, 1863, 2nd Battle of Murfreesboro

January 8, 1821, General James Longstreet, C. S. born

January 8, 1864, David O. Dodd was hanged on the grounds of St. John’s College in LR after being convicted as a Confederate spy

January 9, 1861, Mississippi secedes

January 9, 1863, The Battle of Arkansas Post began

January 10, 1861, Florida secedes

January 10, 1862, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn was assigned to take over command of the Trans-Miss. Theater

January 11, 1861, Alabama secedes

January 11, 1862, After 2 days of fighting, Union forces destroyed the Confederate fort at Arkansas Post

January 12, 1863, Conf. soldiers captured at the Battle of AR Post were sent up the Mississippi River to prison camps

January 13, 1865, Adm. Porter, U. S., attacks Fort Fisher

January 14, 1865, Col. Williams H. Brooks led a Confederate force of 1,500 men to the Arkansas River to assess the strength of Union garrisons along the river

January 16, 1815, Gen. Henry W. Halleck, U. S., born

January 17, 1865, the Action at Ivey’s Ford, part of the last serious Conf. attempt to challenge Union control of the Arkansas River, took place

January 18, 1862, Battle of Mill Springs

January 19, 1807, Gen. Robert E. Lee, C. S., born

January 19, 1861, Georgia secedes

January 19, 1862, Battle of Mill Springs

January 19, 1864, Arkansas third constitution was adopted, providing for a Unionist government

January 21, 1813, Gen. John Fremont, U. S., born

January 21, 1824, Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, C. S., born

January 26, 1861, Louisiana secedes

January 26, 1863, Hooker takes command of U. S. forces

January 28, 1825, Gen. George Pickett, C. S., born

(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014 and The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture calendar, 2011)

Minutes, November, 2014 meeting

Meeting was called to order by President, Jan Sarna.

Quarum was declared.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the minutes from the October meeting.

Treasurer reported that we hve a total of $2,555.34 in the bank.

Motion was made, seconded, and passed that the proposed slate of officers (Jan Sarna, President; Dick Brannon, Vice President; Brian Brown, Treasurer; Jane Anne Spikes, Secretary; Lonnie Spikes, Programs; and Lonnie & Jane Anne Spikes, Newsletter) be accepted by acclamation.

 

President, Jan Sarna introduced the speaker, Glenn Schwarz.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:000p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church.

Robert E. Lee Bill

January 23, 2015

From the U.D.C.:

I have received many calls, messages and texts with regard to the article that appeared in Thursday’s Arkansas section of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette Newspaper. Representative Nate Bell of Mena and Representative Fred Love of Little Rock have proposed a bill that would eliminate General Robert E. Lee’s name from the holiday celebrated the 3rd Monday in January.  The holiday is currently shared with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.   I ask that you please contact your State Representatives and Senators now and voice your opposition to this bill.   Please share this information and the contact information with anyone who may support our concerns.  It will take all of our efforts to win this battle.  I ask that you please be respectful and courteous in your comments

Arkansas established the holiday representing Robert E. Lee’s birthday in 1947.  It was not until 1983 that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday was recognized.  In 1985 the Legislature merged the two holidays.  I understand that these Representatives have gained all of the support they need to pass the bill.  We must act NOW to prevent this bill from passing.
If you are not aware of who your Representative is or how to contact him/her, please refer to this site.  All you do is enter your address and city in the search box.  You will get the names of your Representative and Senator.  Clicking on their name will give you their contact information.
I have also attached a list of the Committee members who will vote on this bill.  Please contact each one and voice your opposition. 
I understand that the Committee meets next Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  I will share more information as it becomes available.  We need everyone to gather as many supporters as you can to  show up at the State Capitol on Wednesday.  At the door you may sign in as “opposed” to the bill.  Numbers count this time!
Please, please contact as many of these lawmakers as you can as soon as possible.  Ladies, we must protect our heritage–for us and for our children.
Kay Tatum, President
Arkansas Division, UDC

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, December, 2014 Edition

We want to thank Glen Schwarz for his presentation in November on the General Patrick Cleburne.
Once again, it is time for the annual dues. Dues are $20.00 per family. Also we are trying to update our
information on members. If, when you send in your money, give us your name, address, phone numbers, and e-
mail address on a slip of paper in print (you know, sometimes we cannot read your scripted handwriting), this
would be a big help.
There is no meeting in December. We will see you next year. Our next meeting will be January 27, 2015.
Here is a lineup of the speakers for 2015:
January
Tom Ezell
February
Rob McGregor
Forrest Pre-war
March
Ron Kelly
Battle of Helena
April
Steve Purdue
Fagan & Crawford Saline County’s own
May
Vernon Dutton
June
Hank Simmons
Confederate money & bonds
July
Brian Brown
August
Mark Christ
September
Bobby Roberts
October
November
Drew Hodges

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all from Lonnie & Jane Anne Spikes

Civil War History for the month of December
December 2, 1864, Confederate soldiers who were defeated at the battle of Westport in Missouri reach Lanesport in southwest Arkansas.
December 3, 1826, General George B. McClellan, U.S. born.
December 3, 1865, James Southall, later a founding member of what is now UAMS, was exchanged, with other confederates, for Union prisoners after being held at Ft. McHenry in Maryland.
December 4, 1865, The third shooting in the Pope County Militia War took place when George W. Newton, a former Confederate major and later a Baptist preacher, killed county Clerk William Stoot.
December 5, 1839, General George Custer, U.S. born.
December 6, 1833, Col. John S. Mosby, C.S. born.
December 6, 1862, In preparation for the Battle of Prairie Grove, Conf. cavalry drove in Union brigadier general James G. Blunt’s pickets on Reed’s Mt.
December 6, 1865, 13 Amendment passed.
December 7, 1862, The Battle of Prairie Grove began at dawn.
December 8, 1863, Lincoln makes proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction.
December 9, 1861, Seventy seven captured members of a secret pro-Union Peace Society in north central Arkansas were sent to Little Rock.
December 13, 1862, Battle of Fredericksburg.
December 13, 1864, Ft. McAllister surrenders.
December 14, 1862, Patrick Cleburne, the highest-ranking Irish-born officer in American military history, was promoted to Major General.
December 15-16, 1864, Battle of Nashville
December 20, 1860, South Carolina secedes
December 25, 1862, Clara Barton, born
December 27, 1862, About 8,000 Union troops marched south toward Van Buren after the Battle of Prairie Grove.
December 31, 1815, General George Meade, U.S. born
December 31, 1862, Second Battle of Murfreesboro, also known as the Battle of Stone’s River.
(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014 and The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture calendar

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Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, November, 2014 Edition
We want to thank Brian Brown for his wonder presentation last month on the “Scoundrels and Rogues of the Civil War”. It was a very entertaining presentation.

Tuesday, November 25th, 7:00p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church, our speaker will be Glen Schwarz. Glen will be speaking on Patrick Cleburne.

Once again, it is time for the annual dues. Dues are $20.00 per family. Also we are trying to update our information on members. If, when you send in your money, give us your name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address on a slip of paper in print (you know, sometimes we cannot read your scripted handwriting), this would be a big help.

At the November meeting, there will be an election of officers. If you would like to volunteer or know of someone that would like to be elected to any of the positions, please nominate them at the November meeting. Current officers are:
Jan Sarna, President
Dick Brannon, Vice President
Brian Brown, Treasurer
Jane Anne Spikes, Secretary
Lonnie Spikes, Programs
Lonnie & Jane Anne Spikes, Newsletter

MINUTES
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
2nd Presbyterian Church
October 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

President, Jan Sarna, called the meeting to order.

A quorum was present.

Motion was made, seconded & passed to accept the September meeting minutes.

Treasurer’s Report: We have an estimated $2,200.00 in our checking account.

Motion was made and seconded to spend $80.00 for an ad for the CWRT in the Emerald City of the South Newspaper. Motion passed

There are concerns about the Fouche Dam Pike site. The grass needs cutting one more time this season. Motion was made and seconded to hire a lawn service to keep this area respectable and limit the spending to $100.00. Motion passed.

At the November meeting there will need to be an election of the 2015 officers. Motion was made to leave the slate the same (Jan Sarna, President; Dick Brannon, Vice President; Brian Brown, Treasurer; Jane Anne Spikes, Secretary). Motion was overturned. Request was to hold elections until the November meeting.

Glen Schwarz will have the program in November. He will be talking about Patrick Cleburne.

Our speaker, Jan Sarna, introduced Brian Brown as our speaker.

Meeting was adjourned and the next meeting will be November 25, 2014.

Civil War History for the month of November
November 1, 1861 McClellan replaces Scott as commander of U. S. forces.
November 3, 1816 General Jubal A. Early, C.S., born.
November 3, 1862 Henry Massie Rector resigned as governor of Arkansas after his run for re-election was crushed by Harris Flanagin.
November 5, 1862 McClellan removed from command.
November 5, 1862 Dandridge McRae was promoted to rand of brigadier general.
November 6, 1861 Jefferson David re-elected President of Confederacy.
November 7, 1861 Union forces capture Port Royal.
November 8, 1861 Wilkes seizes Confederate Commissioners.
November 9, 1825 General Ambrose P. Hill, C.S., born.
November 9, 1864 Lincoln re-elected for second term.
November 11 Veterans Day.
November 13, 1814 General Joseph Hooker, U. S., born.
November 15, 1864 Sherman begins “March to the Sea”.
November 15, 1862 Harris Flanagin was inaugurated as Arkansas’ 7th governor.
November 17, 1861 The Arkansas Confederate authorities discovered a secret pro-Union Peace Society in north-central Arkansas.
November 19, 1863 Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address.
November 23-25, 1863 Battle of Chattanooga.
November 26, 1862 Woodruff County Arkansas was established.
November 27, 1863 Patrick Cleburne led his division to make a stand at Ringgold Gap, GA.
November 28, 1861 Missouri formally admitted to Confederacy.
November 28, 1862 The Engagement at Cane Hill, AR ended in Union victory.
November 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin, TN
November 30, 1864 Patrick Cleburne was killed while leading a charge on the Union breastworks.
(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014 and The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture calendar, 2011)
Hope to see all Tuesday night for a wonderful program.

 

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Gen. Robert E. Lee’s home in Virginia.

The previously unknown photograph depicts Selina Gray, the head housekeeper to Lee and his family, along with two girls. The photograph was unveiled Thursday at the Arlington House plantation overlooking the nation’s capital that was home to Lee and dozens of slaves before the Civil War. An inscription on the back of the image reads “Gen Lees Slaves Arlington Va.”

Park officials said this is only the second known photograph taken of slaves at Arlington.

“It’s extremely rare to have an identified photo of an enslaved person,” said National Park Service spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles. “Since slaves were considered property, it’s very rare to have a photo where you can identify the people in the photo.”

Gray is noted in history books for helping to save Arlington House after Lee’s family left and the plantation was captured by Union troops during the Civil War. Arlington House was originally built as a monument to George Washington. Lee’s wife, Mary Curtis Lee, entrusted the home to Gray, and she later confronted a Union general about soldiers pilfering Washington family heirlooms from the house. She was able to have the items safeguarded.

The photograph was purchased on eBay in September for $700 after a volunteer found it online. The seller was based in England and found the photo in a box of unwanted images. The nonprofit Save Arlington House Inc. donated funds to acquire the image.

The photograph will be unveiled to the public Saturday, and it will be used in future exhibits after Arlington House and its slave quarters are restored over the next two years. Historians will study the image and hope to learn more about it.

Civil War History for the month of October

October 4, 1862 Daniel Webster Jones, future governor of Arkansas, was shot and taken prisoner by Union forces in Corinth, MS.

October 10, 1837 Col. Robert Gould Shaw, U. S. Born

October 10, 1862 Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas, was promoted to Lt. General in the Confederate Army

October 19, 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek

October 20, 1819 Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, U.S. born

October 21, 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff

October 21, 1861 Guerrilla leader Howell A. “Doc” Rayburn joined the Conf. Army, enlisting Co. C, 12th Texas Cavalry

October 23, 1864 Federal and Conf. forces met just outside of present day Bryant (Saline County) in a minor engagement known as the skirmish oat Hurricane Creek

October 25, 1863 The action at Pine Bluff ended in Union victory

October 27, 1862 Union Colonel William Dewey surprised Conf. Col. John Q. Burbridge’s brigade at Pitman’s Ferry

(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014 and The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture calendar, 2011)

Hope to see all Tuesday night for a wonderful program.

 

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Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas

2nd Presbyterian Church

Rooms 62-63

September 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

President, Jan Sarna, called the meeting to order.

A quorum was present.

Motion was made, seconded & passed to accept the August meeting minutes. 

Treasurer’s Report: We have $2,191.38 in our checking account. Pris has contacted Google ads and we should be getting $470.00 from them. Motion was made, seconded & passed to accept the Treasurer’s report. 

We are still needing a person to volunteer as the Chairperson for the Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail. The position was held by Rick Meadows. This is a volunteer position. It was asked of this group for a volunteer to take over this position. This question will be asked again at the October meeting.

 

Our speaker, Jan Sarna, introduced himself.

Meeting was adjourned and the next meeting will be October 28, 2014.

 

Arkansas Toothpick Civil War Quiz 

The Arkansas Toothpick (arkansastoothpick.com) now hosts a fun trivia quiz every week to keep our readers coming back for more. If you get too many wrong, you might be accused of being a carpet bagger, or even worse: a Yankee! If you have any ideas on a upcoming quiz, email us at info@arkansastoothpick.com.