Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, July, 2014 Edition

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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, Jhouse@ualr.edu. 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.

Agenda

9:00 a.m.

Introductions

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!
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 

Meets Fourth Tuesday; January-November
Founded March 1964

Second Presbyterian Church

600 Pleasant Valley Drive

Little Rock 
Program at 7 p.m.  
Online:  www.civilwarbuff.org
Jan Sarna, President 

Lonnie and Jane Anne Spikes, Editors

 

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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 secondchance1514@hotmail.com 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 info@mosaictemplarscenter.com 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 brianb1578@aol.com 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 info@deltaculturalcenter.com 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

http://www.civilwarbuff.org/Places/Lonoke/ashley-jones-05232014101052.pdf

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!
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

Meets Fourth Tuesday; January-November
Founded March 1964

Second Presbyterian Church

600 Pleasant Valley Drive

Little Rock 
Program at 7 p.m. 
Online:  www.civilwarbuff.org
Jan Sarna, President 

Rick Meadows, Editor 

Roundtable

RMeadows@aaamissouri.com / arcivilwarbuff@gmail.com 
Dues $20 Per Year
VISITORS WELCOME!
WHILE YOU CAN

 VISIT THE BATTLEFIELDS WHEN YOU CAN…

 

“The Spencer Rifle”

With

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.

Trust

 

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 www.tunnelhillheritagecenter.com/.

 

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.

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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 www.civilwar.org, 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

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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.

 

 

 

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For more information contact:

Ouachita County Historical Society / Ouachita County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee

(870)836-9243

 

For Immediate Release –

Ouachita County and Camden, AR to host the

CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL WEEK

APRIL 14th-19th 2014

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Poison Spring and the Occupation of Camden AR during the Civil War

Camden, AR – The week of April 14, 2014, Ouachita County and Camden AR will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Union occupation of Camden, Arkansas and the Battle of Poison Spring. All scheduled events will be free to the public.

 

Following is a complete list of events and details:

Civil War Exhibit

Mon. April 14th – Sat. April 19th 9am-4pm

Location: Leake-Ingham Building next to the historic McCollum Chidester house

926 Washington Street, Camden, AR 71701

“Letters from the Civil War” presented by the Tates Bluff Chapter DAR

Monday April 14th 6:30pm

Presented Costumed re-enactors will share the experiences of the inhabitants of Camden during the Civil War on the outdoor stage at historic Postmaster’s Grill.

Location: on the outdoor stage at the Postmaster’s Grill downtown Camden

133 Washington St, Camden, AR 71701

Free Movie Screening of “GLORY”

Tuesday April 15th 6:30pm

Location: SAU Tech’s Ross Center located at

746 California Ave, Camden, AR 71701

“Living History”

Friday April 18th 9am-5pm & Saturday April 19th 9am-12noon

Costumed re-enactors will tell the stories of families who lived through the occupation. Visit with the soldiers and learn of the life of a soldier during the war. Location will be on Washington Street and California Avenue in Camden. Troops will be camped on Washington Street near homes that were occupied during the war.

Location: Troops of re-enactors will be camped along historic Washington Street in Camden.

Battle of Poison Spring Civil War Re-enactment

Saturday April 19th 2pm

Come commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Poison Spring with us. Union and Confederate forces will be conducting a battle upon the historic battleground.

Location: Poison Spring Battleground State Park

on Highway 76 in Chidester, AR.

For information contact White Oak Lake State Park at 870-685-2748

Closing Ceremonies

Saturday April 19th 6pm

Come to Coleman Stadium in Camden, AR to close the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Poison Spring with your friends and family. The closing ceremony will include choirs, presenting music of the Civil War, speakers and a commemoration to the soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Poison Spring.

Location: Coleman Stadium in Camden AR. 71701

 

“I can’t tell you how excited we are to invite guests to this amazing event in our area. The historical landmarks of the Civil War are a huge part of our city and county and to be able to commemorate such a significant part of our history is truly a community wide production”

James Lee Silliman, Chairman of the Ouachita County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee

 

All events are free and open to the public.

 

Presented by The Ouachita County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, Arkansas State Parks, The Camden News, Radio Works and The Camden Advertising and Promotions Committee.

 

For more information, contact:

Ouachita County Historical Society

(870) 836-9243

www.ouachitacountyhistoricalsociety.org

 

* For press inquiries for this event contact: JC Productions info@jcproductions.tv 870-837-2500

 

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Fort Steele Dedication

April 1, 2014

1. Governor’s Color Guard from Camp Robinson

2. Don Hamilton in his Federal Blue uniform

3. President Jan Sarna

4.  Members of the Roundtable

5. Rick Meadows, Master of Ceremony

6. Rev JB Minix, Gaines Street Baptist Church – who gave prayer (on left)

And Archie Moore, our key note speaker from the Ar Sesquicentennial Commission (on right)

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