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Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, August, 2015 Edition

We are back to our normal meeting place, 2nd Presbyterian Church, on the 4th Tuesday of August (August 25th) Mark Christ will be talking on the book, “The Day We Marched Agin Jacob Haas and the Ninth Wisconsin Infantry”. Mark will bring extra copies of this book so you may want to bring a few extra dollars with you.

Jan Sarna, our president, receives the monthly newsletter from the New York Civil War Round Table. In this month’s publications, there was an interesting paragraph. I am going to paraphrase, this is something we all need to think about.

The purpose of the Round Table is for you to enjoy being with your friends and colleagues who share your passion, your interest, and your excitement about the Civil War! Please make plans, right now, to come to as many monthly meetings as you can. We meet the 4th Tuesday from January through November. We do not meet in December. Make an even stronger commitment to the Round Table and bring a friend, colleague, and/or family member that shares your same passion.

 

Many thanks to Glen Schwarz for filling in at the last minute last month.

 

Civil War History for the month of August

1, 1864, Powell Clayton, future gov. of AR, promoted to brigadier gen. in the Union Army

2, 1862, skirmish at Jonesboro ended in Conf. victory

3, 1862 skirmish at L’Anguille Ferry ended in Conf. victory

5, 1864, Battle of Mobile Bay

6, 1862, the CSS AR was abandoned and scuttled after unsuccessfully engaging the Union Essey near Baton Rouge, LA

9, 1962, Battle of Cedar Mountain

10, 1861, Battle of Wilson’s Creek

11, 1862, Lincoln appoints Henry Halleck to position of general in chief of Union Army

12, 1864, after a week of heavy raiding, the Conf. cruiser, Tallahassee, claims 6 Union ships captured

13, 1862, Gen. Forrest defeats Thomas Crittenden at Murfreesboro, TN

16, 1861, Union & Conf. forces clash at Fredericktown and Kirkville, MO

16, 1863, Gen. William Rosecrans moves him army south from Tullahoma, TN to attack Conf. forces at Chattanooga, TN

17, 1863, Union gun boats attack Ft. Sumter in Charleston for the first time

18, 1862, Gen J.E.B. Stuart’s headquarters is raided by Union troops of the 5th NY and 1st MI Cavalries

21, 1863, Conf. raiders under William Quantrill, strike Lawrence, KS leaving 150 civilians dead

23, 1863, Union batteries cease their first bombardment of Ft. Sumter leaving it a mass of rubble but still unconquered

24, 1864, the action at Ashley’s Station ended in Conf. victory

25, 1863, the skirmish at Brownsville ended in Union victory

26, 1862, Conf. Gen. Thomas Jackson seizes Manassas Junction, and moves to encircle Union forces under John Pope

27, 1863, the action at Bayou Meto was fought to hinder the advance of army toward L.R.

28, 1861, Ft. Hatteras falls

29, 1862, Union Gen. John Pope’s army is defeated by a smaller Conf. force at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run

30, 1862, at the Battle of Richmond, KY, Pat Cleburne was struck in the face by shrapnel and forced to leave the field

31, 1864, at the Democratic Convention in Chicago, Gen, George B. McClellan is nominated for president

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

Minutes, July 28, 2015 meeting

Meeting was called to order by President, Jan Sarna.

Quorum was declared.

Treasurer reported that we have $3,081.64 in the bank.

We had 2 new visitors, Claude McDaniel and Terrance Howard

Update on markers, the grounds need mowing.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to get a commemorative plaque for Bobby Roberts, who is retiring from Central Arkansas Library System in February, 2016, for Civil War history from CWRT of Arkansas. Jan Sarna will get in touch with an awards company and get prices and suggestions and report back at the August meeting.

Many thanks to Glen Schwarz for arranging our meeting at Catfish City and for filling in for Brian Brown

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 7p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church.

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Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, July, 2015 Edition

This month, we are changing locations for the July 28th meeting!!!!!! Come early to eat before the meeting!!!! We will be meeting at Catfish City at 1817 S. University. The majority decided that we need to eat before we meet a couple of times a year. Be sure to come early and get a plate of wonderful catfish and all of the fixings. The meeting will begin at 7, but come early to eat. Also our scheduled speaker, Brian Brown, will not be able to attend this meeting. Glen Schwarz has graciously agreed to have a program about the Memoirs of Grant, Sherman, and Private William Bevens of Jacksonport, who was with General Patrick Cleburne when he fell. Thank you Glen for filling in.

 

Many thanks to Hank Simmons on last month’s talk.

 

Civil War History for the month of July

1-3, 1863, Battle of Gettysburg

4, 1862, rally at Big Creek in Sebastian County led men to enlist in military service

4, 1863, Vicksburg surrenders

5, 1801, Adm. Davis Farragut, US, born

7, 1862, Action at Hill’s Plantation ended in Union victory

8, 1864, Approx. 250 soldiers of the 10th IL Calvary moved out of LR to occupy Searcy

9, 1863, Port Hudson surrenders

12, 1862, Albert Pike resigned from his position in the Conf. army to protest Gen. Thomas Hindman’s extension of his authority over Indian Territory

13, 1821, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CS, born

13, 1861, Union forces secure West Virginia

13, 1862, First Battle of Murfreesboro

14, 1862, Hot Springs ended its tenure as Arkansas’ state capitol

18, 1863, Battle of Ft. Wagner

20, 1861, Company B, 1st AR Mounted Vol., transferred into Confederate service

21, 1961, First Battle of Bull Run

21, 1861, 1st AR Infantry Reg. participated in the Battle of 1st Manassas under Col. James Fagan

22, 1864, Battle of Atlanta

26, 1864, Action at Wallace’s Ferry ended in a draw

27, 1864, Conf. reportedly took almost 127 prisoners after attacking a Union camp at Massard Prairie

28, 1864, Skirmish was fought at Scatterville, near present-day Rector

29, 1862, “Alabama” sails out of England

30, 1864, Battle of the Crater

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

 

Minutes, June 23, 2015 meeting

Meeting was called to order by President, Jan Sarna.

Quorum was declared.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to move the business part of the meeting to after the speaker.

Lonnie Spikes introduced the speaker, Hank Simmons.

Treasurer reported that he had not received the bank statement but gave an accounting of monies spent in the month of June.

There is still a need for a chair to the Central Arkansas Heritage Trail. Brian Brown contacted Mark Christ for a job description: “The chair of the CACWHT promotes battlefield efforts and CW history in Conway, Perry, Saline, Faulkner, Pulaski, White, and Lonoke counties, represents the region on the ACWHT Foundation board, and writes an article on what’s happening in the region three times a year for the Arkansas Battlefield Update.”

Motion was made, seconded, and passed that for the month of July, we will move our meeting Catfish City.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6p.m. to eat and meeting at 7p.m at Catfish City.

 

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Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, June, 2015 Edition

 

Hey Everyone! We have a real treat for our program Tuesday night. Hank Simmons is giving us his program on Confederate money. He gave this program to us many years ago and word is that he has improved his talk. The one he did for us many years ago was excellent, so everyone come and see a part of the war most of us don’t know anything about.

 

Many thanks to Vernon Dutton on last month’s talk.

 

Civil War History for the month of June

1, 1862, Lee appointed Commander of army in Virginia

1, 2, & 3, 1864, Battle of Cold Harbor

2, 1815, Gen. Philip Kearney, US, born

2, 1865, Conf. forces in the Trans-Miss. Theater officially surrendered

3, 1808, Jefferson Davis, CS, born

3, 1861, the 2nd secession convention finally adjourned

5, 1865, Approx. 6,000 Conf. troops assembled at Jacksonport to surrender

6, 1862, Memphis surrenders

6, 1864, The Engagement at Old River Lake was fought

8, 1861, Tennessee formally secedes

9, 1863, Battle of Brandy Station

10, 1861, The 6th AR Infantry was formed from 10 companies in LR

14, 1864, Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal bishop of AR and a Conf. gen. was killed in GA

15, 1864, Petersburg Campaign begins

16, 1861, Conf. col. Robert Glenn Shaver organized volunteers from 10 AR counties into the 7th AR Regiment at Smithville (Lawrence County)

17, 1861, Thaddeus Lowe demonstrated hot air balloon

17, 1862, The Engagement at St. Charles was fought

18, 1863, Theophilus Holmes, commander of the Conf. Dist. Of AR, met with other generals to plan an attack on Helena

19, 1861, The 6th AR Volunteers Infantry marched to Pocahontas, where its training commenced

20, 1865, Conf. gen. James Fleming Fagan was paroled

22, 1863, Conf. maj. Gen, Sterling Price’s infantry & Brig. Gen. John Marmaduke’s cavalry set off from Jacksonport to attack Helena

23, 1863, last formal Confederate surrender

24, 1864, Union boat “Queen City” was captured by Conf. land forces & sunk

25, 1861, Leonidas Polk, joined the Conf. army & was appointed a major general

25, 1862, Seven Days Campaign begins

26, 1864, Approx. 3,000 Union men arrived from DeValls Bluff & chased Gen. Joseph Shelby & his men from Clarendon

26, 1864, Stoneman begins Atlanta raid

27, 1864, Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

27, 1864, Gen. Thomas Hindman was wounded & partially blinded during the Atlanta Camp. at Kennesaw Mt.

30, 1862, Maj. Gen. Thomas Hindman declared martial law across the entire state of Arkansas

30, 1864, Early marches toward Washington, DC

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

Minutes, May 26, 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 April 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. $3,218.64 in the bank.

Motion was made, seconded, & passed to send $100.00 to ACWHTF (Central Region Heritage Trail dues)

There is still a need for a chair to the Central Arkansas Heritage Trail. Brian Brown will contact Mark Christ and get a job description.

Don Hamilton had a pacemaker put in last week.

Longtime member, Pat Johnson, passed away.

It was suggested that we start wearing name tags at our meeting so we can all get to know each other.

It was suggested that in the next few months, we have a potluck dinner to see if we can increase attendance.

Motion was made, seconded & passed to advertise in Glenn Schwartz quarterly magazine for $80.00.

President, Jan Sarna introduced the speaker, Vernon Dutton.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:000p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church.

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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