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.



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 ( 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



Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, September, 2014 Edition

We want to thank Mark Christ for his wonder presentation last month on Confederate General Joseph O. Shelby’s operations in the summer of 1864.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 7:00p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church, our speaker will be our own President Jan Sarna.  Jan will be speaking on the Great Raid in Vermont.

Come and hear Jan Tuesday night. 


PRESCOTT, AR—The Nevada County Depot and Museum, in cooperation with the Prescott-Nevada County Economic Development Foundation, The Conservation Fund, The Civil War Trust and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is working to acquire 448 acres of the Elkins’ Ferry Battlefield near Prescott, the museum board announced in a statement.

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire almost the entire Nevada County portion of the Elkins’ Ferry Battlefield has arisen, and we are working with local, state and national partners to see it through,” the statement said. “Once acquired, this battlefield, which is a National Historic Landmark, can be developed to attract heritage tourists and has the potential to make a major economic impact on our community.”

The Nevada County Depot and Museum has established a website at that will soon be able to receive donations and will monitor progress on the project. Pledges of $625,000 have already been made toward the project, leaving another $325,000 needed to complete the acquisition.

The battle at Elkins’ Ferry was fought on April 4 and 5, 1864, when Confederate cavalry under General John Sappington Marmaduke fought the leading elements of General Frederick Steele’s Union army as they sought to cross the Little Missouri River on their way to invade Louisiana. After sharp combat, the Confederates fell back to Prairie D’Ane. After skirmishing there for several days, Steele’s army ended up abandoning their drive south and instead diverted to Camden in search of supplies.

The National Park Service describes the Elkins’ Ferry Battlefield: “Elkins Ferry is among the most pristine Civil War battlefields in Arkansas. This rural area has only seen slight changes since the Civil War. Like other battlefields associated with the Camden Expedition of 1864, it offers a tremendous opportunity for preservation and interpretation of the entire historical landscape.” It was designated a National Historic Landmark on April 19, 1994.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the Nevada County Depot and Museum, 403 West First Street South, Prescott, AR 71857; be sure to specify that they are targeted toward the Elkin’s Ferry Battlefield Preservation Project.


Civil War History for the month of September

September 1, 1863 The action at Devil’s Backbone ended in Union victory

September 2, 1864 Atlanta surrenders

September 5, 1863 Britain seizes Confederate ships and shipyard

September 6, 1819 General William S. Rosencrans, U.S., born

September 6, 1861 Grant moves into Paducah

September 6, 1863 Confederate Generals John S. Marmaduke and Lucius M. Walker fought a duel near Scott, AR (Pulaski County)

September 8, 1828 General Joshua Chamberlain, U.S., born

September 10, 1836 General Joseph Wheeler, C.S., born

September 10, 1863 The Arkansas State Gazette suspended operations after Union forces captured Little Rock

September 11, 1861 Union victory at Cheat Mountain

September 14, 1863 The Fifth Kansas Regiment under the command of Colonel Powell Clayton was dispatched to Pine Bluff to restore law & order

September 15, 1862 Jackson captures Harper’s Ferry

September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam

September 19, 1863 Battle of Chickamauga

September 19, 1864 Battle of Winchester

September 19, 1861 James Henderson Berry, later the 14th Governor of Arkansas, joined the Confederate Army in Carrollton (Carroll County)

September 20, 1864 Charles Mitchel, who served briefly as U.S. Senator before resigning his office due to secession of Arkansas, died in Hempstead County

September 24, 1864 Sheridan lays waste to the Shenandoah Valley

(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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The Arkansas Toothpick ( 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! The first quiz features questions about Arkansas and the secession crisis in 1861. If you have any ideas on a upcoming quiz, email us at


Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas

2nd Presbyterian Church

Rooms 62-63

August 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

President, Jan Sarna, called the meeting to order.

Introduced Chris Bills as a new member.

A quorum was present. 

Per Brian Brown, Treasurer, we have not received any of our money from Google Ads for the past 8 to 10 months. The issue is that according to the IRS, the Tax ID number that we have been using is not ours. No one is sure where we got this tax id number. To solve this problem, we need to dissolve our present corporation. Motion was made and seconded, to dissolve the present corporation to resolve this problem. Motion passed. 

Rick Meadows was the Chairperson for the Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail. 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 September meeting.

Member Mark Bash brought some Arkansas Confederate money.

Meeting was adjourned and the next meeting will be September 23, 2014.


Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, August, 2014 Edition

We want to thank Tom DeBlack for his wonder presentation last month.


Tuesday, August 26th, 7:00p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church, our speaker will be Mark Christ of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission. He will speak on Confederate General Joseph O. Shelby’s operations in the summer of 1864.

Mark is an award winning author and Community Outreach Director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. He has a B.A from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and a M.L.S from the University of Oklahoma. Mark is the author or editor of numerous books about Arkansas’ involvement in the Civil War.

Let us all welcome Mark Tuesday night.



Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas

2nd Presbyterian Church

Rooms 62-63

July 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

President, Jan Sarna, called the meeting to order.

Visitor Chris Bills was introduced.

A quorum was present.

Motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes from the June 24, 2014 meeting. Motion passed. 

Brian Brown asked that if anyone is receiving the newsletter by mail, and has an e-mail address, please let us know. Our postage bill is adding up.

Don Hamilton asked that if you are near one of the CW monuments, please check it out and see if it needs any attention, like weed eating, trash pickup, etc.

It was brought up that someone in the group needs to contact Rick Meadows’ widow about all of Rick’s books. Rick had told a group that he would like to see his books go to a library. Brian Brown volunteered to contact. The Butler Center has been contacted and they said they would appreciate the books. They will put up a plaque stated that these books were donated in memory of Rick Meadows.

It was brought to our attention that the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan, will be August 1-3.

Thomas DeBlack spoke to us on “Conditions on the Home Front”.

Battle of Long Prairie will be August 5th.

Meeting was adjourned and the next meeting will be August 26, 2014. 


Original Surface of the Hunley to be Revealed:

The Actual Skin of Submarine Not Seen by Anyone since Her Loss in 1864

No one alive today has actually seen the original surface of the world’s first successful combat submarine because the H. L. Hunley is completely covered by an encrusted layer of sand, sediment and shells that built up gradually over time around the vessel.

Today, that’s about to change.

The true surface of the Hunley will slowly start to be revealed as Clemson University scientists kick off a year-long effort to remove the brittle concretion masking the legendary submarine and some of her finer features.

“In a short time, we will be able to view the real submarine, not the shadow we see now. All these years of careful study and research have been leading up to this moment. Over the coming months, we may finally learn the full story of the Hunley’s mysterious voyage and disappearance,” said Nestor Gonzalez, Assistant Director of Clemson University’s Warren Lasch Conservation Center.

Until now, archaeologists have been given the difficult task of studying an artifact they could not actually see. Chipping away the concretion could reveal many clues for their investigation to determine why the submarine suddenly vanished in 1864. For example, historical records indicate the Hunley was spotted by crewmen onboard the USS Housatonic shortly before the attack. They opened up small arms fire on the experimental submarine though it did little to save their ship. The Hunley still was able to ram her spar torpedo into the hull, causing one of the Union’s mightiest ships to sink within minutes. With the concretion stripped away, archaeologists could uncover bullet damage that may have impacted the Hunley’s ability to return that night. Or, they could find countless other clues that will help solve one of the world’s greatest maritime mysteries.

While removing the concretion may open up a new avenue of historical discovery, it will also allow for a complete conservation treatment to be applied to the fragile 19th century submarine.

Lost at sea for over a century, the submarine was found in 1995 and then raised in 2000. The salts in the ocean water that permeated the Hunley’s iron skin during her 136-years at sea are like poison, leaving her at risk for corrosion and disintegration if they are not removed.

Since her recovery, the concretion has served as a protective cocoon, helping stop further corrosion that can be caused by exposure to oxygen. At the same time, the layer has served as a barrier inhibiting the team’s ability to implement a conservation plan necessary for the Hunley’s survival. Once the concretion is stripped away, it will allow for the free flow of a liquid conservation treatment to reach the metal of the submarine and leach out the salts threatening her existence.

Conservators will be working within extremely cramped conditions using hand tools, chisels and hammers to remove the debris material. It will be stressful, with one wrong sleight of hand potentially resulting in damaging an irreplaceable piece of history. The concretion encases the entire vessel both inside and out. In some places, it is harder and stronger than the actual iron it covers. The Hunley has been soaking in a bath of sodium hydroxide for the last three months designed to loosen up the concretion and ease its removal. The chemical solution appears to have done its job, which will hopefully make the work go more quickly and without incident to the submarine.

The deconcretion project may take up to twelve months to complete. During that time, the 76,000-gallon tank that holds the Hunley will be drained of the chemical solution Tuesday through Thursday. The worksite will be an active caustic environment due to the presence of chemicals, making safety precautions for the scientific team of paramount importance. They will be required to wear face masks, gloves, specialized clothing and goggles the entire time to protect them from any chemical residue that may remain on the Hunley or in her tank.

The concretion will first be chiseled away from the outside of the submarine then the team will move to the inside, where it is much more firmly attached. For the first few weeks, scientists will begin exposing exterior areas that were preselected due to their overall stability and low level of archaeological interest. This will allow for the team to hone their skills and acclimate to the environment before they face the complex challenges of working on potentially evidence-rich areas and within the tight confines of the crew compartment.

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Civil War History for the month of August


August 1, 1864, Powell Clayton, future governor of Arkansas, was promoted to rank of Brig. Gen., Union Army

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

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

August 6, 1862, The CSS Arkansas was abandoned and scuttled after unsuccessfully engaging the Union ironclad Essey near Baton Rouge, LA

August 10, 1861, The 2nd Ark. Mounted Rifles, organized under Col. James McIntosh, saw action at the battle of Wilson’s Creek in Missouri

August 17, 1862, Uprising of Sioux Indians

August 19, 1863, Gen. Lucius Polk, who served under Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne, married Sally Moore, a distant cousin

August 21, 1821, Gen. William Barksdale, C.S., was born

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

August 25, 1863, The skirmish at Brownsville ended in Union victory

August 27, 1863, The action at Bayou Meto was fought as Conf. troops sought to hinder the advance of the Union Army toward Little Rock

August 28, 1861, Fort Hatteras falls

August 29 & 30, 1862, Second Battle of Bull Run

August 29, 1861, Conf. Gen. William J. Hardee arrived at Pocahontas to take charge of forces there

August 30, 1862, At the Battle of Richmond in Kentucky, Gen. Patrick Cleburne was struck in the face by shrapnel and forced to leave the field.

(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.

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, July, 2014 Edition


We want to thank Phillip McMath for his wonder presentation on David O. Dodd last month.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 7:00p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church, our speaker will be Thomas DeBlack, professor of history at Arkansas Tech University. Besides being a professor, Tom is an author and co-author of many books.

He was very instrumental in the Lakeport Plantation Project. He has enough information on Lakeport Plantation to fill a book, and that’s what he intends to do this summer, but that task has to go on his list.

DeBlack knows the ins and outs of writing a book: He’s the author of With Fire and Sword: Arkansas, 1861-1874 – a history of the Civil War and Reconstruction in Arkansas – which he pulled off a wall of bookshelves in his small office in Witherspoon Hall.

DeBlack also co-authored Arkansas: A Narrative History, a college-level textbook and a book “for the general reader,” he said. One of the other coauthors was Morris Arnold, a federal judge and “foremost expert on Colonial Arkansas.”

Both books have won awards.

DeBlack also contributed a chapter to Rugged and Sublime, a book about the Civil War.

Let us all welcome Tom Tuesday night and hear about the Conditions on the Home Front.


Minutes of June 24, 2014 Meeting

The CWRT of Arkansas met on June 24. Phillip McMath was the speaker. His topic was David O. Dodd and he presented an excellent talk, complete with original and previously unknown sources of information.

(a) We took in $31 at the meeting.

(b) There was a request that any member who is currently receiving his newsletter by mail, if possible, convert to e-mail.

(c) I, as acting secretary, have written several regional Civil War Roundtables and will attempt to write additional CWRT’s and notify them of the change of address.

(d) Art English has agreed to all each speaker and remind him/her of the upcoming meeting.

(e) Several potential future speakers were identified, including Arkansas State Archeologist (870) 535-4509, Other potential speakers are Tom Ezell, Drew Hodges and Bobby Roberts.

(f) Glen Schwarz joined the CWRT officially.

Meeting was adjourned.

Civil War History for the month of July

July 1, 2, 3, 1863 Battles of Gettysburg

July 4, 1863 Vicksburg surrenders

July 5, 1801 Adm. David G. Farragut, U.S. born

July 7, 1862 the action at Hill’s Plantation ended in Union victory

July 8, 1864 approximately 250 soldiers of 10th Ill. Cavalry moved out of Little Rock to occupy Searcy

July 9, 1863 Port Hudson surrenders

July 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

July 13, 1821 General Nathan B. Forrest, C.S. born

July 13, 1861 Union forces secure West Virginia

July 13, 1862 first battle of Murfreesboro

July 14, 1862 Hot Springs ended its tenure as Arkansas’ State Capitol

July 18, 1863 Battle of Ft. Wagner

July 20, 1861 Company B, First Arkansas Mounted Volunteers, transferred into Confederate Service

July 21, 1861 first Battle of Bull Run

July 21, 1861 The First Arkansas Infantry participated under Colonel James Fleming Fagan

July 22, 1864 Battle of Atlanta

July 26, 1864 the action at Wallace’s Ferry ended in a draw

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

July 28, 1864 a skirmish was fought at Scatterville, AR, (near present day Rector, Clay County)

July 29, 1862 “Alabama” sails out of England

July 30, 1864 Battle of the Crater

July 31, 1864 the action at Ft. Smith ended in Union victory

(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
FYI: Ron Kelley has written a book on 1860 Arkansas. Hopefully he will bring copies when he will be our speaker in March, 2015.


“Under Two Governments,” a half-day seminar on Civil War
Arkansas in 1864, will be held at the Old State House in Little Rock on Saturday, August 16.

The event is free and open to the public, but participants should register by calling Georganne Sisco at (501) 324-8641.


9:00 a.m.


9:15 a.m.

Dr. Gary Joiner:The Camden Campaign: The Union Effort toCapture Shreveport

Break 10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m .

Dr. Tom DeBlack:“SoundCommon Sense, Good Intentions, and Scrupulous Honesty”: Isaac Murphy and the Unionist Government in Civil War Arkansas

11:00 a.m.

Dr. Michael B. Dougan:“The real sting of being an exile”: A SwanSong for Confederate Arkansas

11:45 a.m.

Question and Answer Session

Noon: Wrap-up.

Our 50th Year!

Meets Fourth Tuesday; January-November
Founded March 1964

Second Presbyterian Church

600 Pleasant Valley Drive

Little Rock 
Program at 7 p.m.  
Jan Sarna, President 

Lonnie and Jane Anne Spikes, Editors




Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas  June, 2014 Edition


Richmond “Rick” Pearson Meadows

With a heavy heart, I must announce the passing of Rick Meadows, a long time member of the Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, avid Civil War historian, and strong support of historical preservation. Rick passed away on on Monday, June 16, 2014. We extend our sympathy and prayers to Rick’s family.

Tuesday, June 24th, 7:00p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church, our speaker will be Phillip H. McMath, writer, trial lawyer and Vietnam veteran, has combined an interest in history, his native South and war, to create a unique body of work in fiction, drama and journalism.

Some of his works:

The Hanging of David O. Dodd, a full-length play produced by The Weekend Theatre in March of 2011.

“History? Legend? Symbol?: The Story of David O. Dodd,” Pulaski County Historical Review, Vol. 61, Number 4, Winter 2013.

His awards:

The Booker Worthen Prize for Fiction for The Broken Vase, in 2011.

Recipient of the Arkansas Library Association’s – The Arkansiana Fiction Award for Lost Kingdoms in 2009.

Inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.

NEA grant for the publication of Native Ground.

Winner of l993 Freedoms Foundation Award in Communications for a free-lance article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1992.

Winner 1997 “FRIENDS OF WORDS” award for support of the literary arts in Arkansas sponsored by WORDS, the Arkansas Literary Society.

Let us all welcome Phillip Tuesday night.

June Events Around Arkansas

* 4th Annual Juneteenth Festival, commemorating the emancipation of Arkansas’s enslaved people and the people who fought and died for the cause, will be held June 21 in El Dorado. Call (870) 639-3935 or email for more information.

* Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved Americans, will be held June 21 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock; call (501) 683-3593 or email for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Monroe County Courthouse in Clarendon from June 23 to July 6; call (870) 747-3802 for more information.

* Civil War Round Table of Arkansas will feature Philip McMath speaking about David O. Dodd when it meets at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on June 24; email for more information.

* “We Must Stand or Fall Alone,” an exhibit of Arkansas Civil War History, will conclude its run at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena on June 30; call (870) 338-4350 or email for more information.

Civil War History for the month of June

6/1/1862, Lee was appointed commander of the Army of Virginia

6/1,2,3/1864, Battle of Cold Harbor

6/2/1815, General Philip Kearny U. S. was born

6/3/1808, Jeffreson Davis C.S. was born

6/5/1863, Stuart hosts Grand Review of his cavalry

6/6/1862, Memphis surrenders

6/8/1861, Tennessee formally sucedes

6/9/1863, Battle of Brandy Station

6/12/1862, Stuart begins ride around McClellan

6/15/1864, Petersburg Campaign begins

6/17/1861, Thaddeus Lowe demonstrates hot air balloon

6/23/1865, last formal Confederate surrender

6/25/1862 Seven Days Campaign begins

6/26/1864, Stoneman begins Arlanta raid

6/27/1864, Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

6/30/1864, Early marches toward Washington D.C.

(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014)



Rick Meadows

June 16, 2014

With a heavy heart, I must announce the passing of Rick Meadows, a long time member of the Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, avid Civil War historian, and strong supporter of historical preservation.

We do not know the funeral plans at this time, but will announce them as soon as possible.

Ashley’s & Jones’ Stations Battlefield Tour Brochurce

Note: This is a 16 mg download of the complete brochure so it might take a minute or two to download.

Our May meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 29 at Second Presbyterian Church.

The speaker will be Brian Brown on the topic of “The Battle of Shiloh – What you didn’t know”.

IMPORTANT: We will need to discuss an URGENT and very IMPORTANT matter at the May meeting. Please be there if you can!

Our 50th Year!

Meets Fourth Tuesday; January-November
Founded March 1964

Second Presbyterian Church

600 Pleasant Valley Drive

Little Rock 
Program at 7 p.m. 
Jan Sarna, President 

Rick Meadows, Editor 

Roundtable / 
Dues $20 Per Year



“The Spencer Rifle”


Dr. Shawn Fisher

Shawn Fisher

Join us Tuesday as Dr. Shawn Fisher from Harding University brings us our program on the Spencer Rifle. Fisher received his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters of Education at Harding. Last year Fisher earned his PhD from the University of Memphis. Fisher is an Assistant Professor of History. His course work includes American, Military, and Southern History. Fisher joined the faculty at Harding in 2010 after serving at Arkansas State University-Beebe in Heber Springs.



Upcoming Events Announced by the Civil War Trust

May 9 – Uncle Billy’s Boys: The 55th Illinois at Vicksburg                                                                 Sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Roundtable and Iron Brigade Association at the Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisc.  Join Dr. Laurence Schiller of Northwestern University for a discussion of the actions of the Illinois 55th during the Vicksburg Campaign. The regiment, under the command of Brig. Gen. William T. Sherman, offers a case study of the tensions that arose between civilian soldiers who made up the regiment. Lecture is part of their Second Friday Lunchbox Lecture Series.

May 10 – Dedication of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail at Tunnel Hill Heritage Center, Tunnel Hill, Ga. Visitors will participate in the dedication of the newly marked 340 mile historic driving route along the Chickamauga and Atlanta Campaigns. Tours of various sites will run throughout the day, along with living history demonstrations and firing displays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Tunnel Hill Heritage Center is located at 215 Clisby Austin Road, Tunnel Hill, GA.  The driving tour runs for 340 miles from northwest Georgia through metro Atlanta to new interpretive markers at nearly 50 Civil War historic sites.  Civil War era music will be performed by the Eighth Regiment Band.  Presentation on the Chickamauga and Atlanta Campaigns will be made by National Park Service Historian Jim Ogden.  Tours of the historic Clisby-Austin House (used by General Sherman as his headquarters during the campaign) and the Western & Atlantic Railroad tunnel (part of the famous Great Locomotive Chase of 1862) will occur throughout the day. Civil War re-enactors will present a living history and firing salute.  Dedication ceremony at 1:00 pm,

For more information call 706-876-1571 or visit


Fort Steele Dedication

We had a wonderful dedication of the new Fort Steele Sesquicentennial Marker on Saturday, March 29. Archie Moore, member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission was the keynote speaker. His talk centered on the black troops that were in Little Rock following its fall on September 10, 1863. Mr. Moore discussed that over 5000 African Americans from Arkansas enlisted in the Federal Army. Some of them accompanied General Steele in the Camden Expedition. Thanks to Brian Brown and Don Hamilton from our Roundtable who did the historical research. Thanks also to the Governor’s Colored Guard from Camp Robinson. Many members of our Roundtable were in the crowd of 46 who attended the event. Photos are available for viewing on our web site. The Sesquicentennial Commission hopes to have at least one marker in the each county. The marker is located at the corner of 16th Street and South Gaines in Little Rock.



Jerry Russell Honored


At our meeting in March we celebrated the 50th Birthday of our Roundtable! Everyone enjoyed punch and cake. Party favors were passed out and a good time was had by all. During the evening we paused to remember those who were the main organizers of the Roundtable, including Jerry Russell. Russell had a passion for preserving Civil War hallowed grounds. Our Roundtable voted to make $100 in Jerry’s name to three worthwhile organizations in Arkansas: The Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society, the Friends of Jenkins Ferry, and the Ouachita Historical Society.

We continue to collect funds for battlefield preservation.


Each year our Roundtable financially supports the efforts of the Civil War Trust. With our donation funds are made available for the purchase of hallowed ground. In Arkansas, The Civil War Trust has help purchase 10 acres at Devil’s Backbone, 56 acres at Helena, as well as Prairie Grove. Part of the mission of our Roundtable is to support preservation efforts. Please bring your checkbook Tuesday and help us save more hallowed ground.

If we can raise $1000 one of our members can attend the 2014 Grand Review. This special event will be held on September 19-21 in Atlanta, GA. Three years ago we fell just a little short of the $1000 Color Bearer Level.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 38,500 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

If you are not able to attend the meeting Tuesday, then make your check payable to                             The Civil War Trust and send your donation to your editor:

Rick Meadows                                                                                                                             3040 Campground Rd                                                                                                                      Cabot, AR 72023


Tour of Civil War Sites – Nashville, Tennessee

Our friend Greg Biggs from the Clarksville, TN Civil War Roundtable announces:

Noted historian of the Battle of Nashville, Ross Massey, has started Nashville Historic Tours with the primary focus on Civil War and historic tours in the metro Nashville area.  His tours include; The battle of Nashville (including Fort Negley, Treveller’s Rest, the Confederate battle lines and other sites); Downtown Nashville (architecture, historic sites and wonderful statues); the battle of Franklin (Carter House, Carnton, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Winstead Hill and more) and Mt. Olivet Cemetery with the graves of seven Confederate generals, 1500 soldiers, noted civilians and more.  Ross has been leading such tours for over 20 years for Civil War groups and companies like History America, Blue & Gray Tours and Grand Old Opry Tours, and has been seen on Civil War Journal, the noted television documentary.  He is the author of a Battle of Nashville guide book and is the official historian of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society.  The tours can be customized and run a minimum of 2 hours.  For information please call – (615) 352-6384


Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield, April 26-27



The 150th Anniversary Battle of Jenkins Ferry will be narrated live by historian Ed Bearss. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an Arkansas historic event narrated by the former National Pasrks Service historian.  Bearss began his study on the Saline County battlesite in the 1960’s and was the first to publish literature on the 1864 event.

Saturday, April 26


9:00 – 9:30 Pass & review of the regiments with the Sheridan Band with ROTC & Retired Military personnel participating


10:00 to noon – Tour of the Jenkins Ferry Battlefield, the Taylor Cemetery, the burning field, and the Taylor House. Shuttle bus will leave from the Grant County Museum at 10:00


Noon – Civil War ensemble from the Conway Women’s Chorus


1:15 – 2:00 Special Guest – Ed Bearss


2:00  Reenactment of the Battle


5:30 – 6:30 Conway Women’s Chorus will perform at the Recreation Center


6:30 – 9:30  Dance with the music from the 12th Louisiana String Band


Sunday, April 27


8:00 – 8:30 Memorial Service by Chaplin, Ken Bolden


10:00 to Noon  – Tour Schedule as listed above


1:30 – 2:00 Special Guest – Ed Bearss


2:00  Reenactment of the Battle



This Week in the Civil War

Courtesy Civil War Trust


April 20           1864: Plymouth, N. C. captured after four day s of fighting

April 21           1863: Confederate raid on the B&O railroad in Va. (now W.Va)

April 22           1864: The moto “In God We Trust” first stamped on US coins

April 23           1863: A séance was held at the White House

April 24           1862: Federal fleet passes forts below New Orleans

April 25           1864: Action at Mark’s Mills in Arkansas

April 26           1865: John Wilkes Booth captured & killed in Port Royal, VA


Civil War Roundtable Speakers for 2014


January            Drew Hodges              History professor, A.P. Hill

February          Donna Bentley            Jacksonport State Park Interpreter, The Gunboat Maurepas

March              George Lankford        Professor Emeritus Lyon College, Slavery

April                Shawn Fisher              History Professor Harding, The Spencer Rifle

May                 Brian Brown               Local Attorney, Shiloh

June                 Phillip McMath           Attorney, David O. Dodd

July                  Tom DeBlack              Professor at Arkansas Tech, Conditions on the Home front

August                        Mark Christ                 Community Outreach Director, J.O Shelby’s Summer ‘64


Thank you George Lankford for the program on Slavery last month.  We hope to see you Tuesday with Shawn Fisher and his talk on the Spencer Rifle.