Our 46th Year – Founded March 1964


Meets Fourth Tuesday; January-November

Second Presbyterian Church – Program at 7 p.m.

600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock

Online:  www.civilwarbuff.org

Jan Sarna, President – Rick Meadows, Editor

RMeadows@aaamissouri.com / arcivilwarbuff@gmail.com

Dues $20 Per Year




How Johnny Got His Gun

The Confederate Supply System


Greg Biggs

Greg Biggs

Greg Biggs from Clarksville, Tennessee will bring our program on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. Biggs is a former associate editor of Blue & Gray Magazine. He currently serves as President and Program Chair of the Clarksville CWRT and is also Program Chair of the Nashville, TN CWRT. He has published numerous articles for the Blue & Gray Magazine.

Some of his recent works include:

“The Battle Flags of the Confederate Cavalry in the Western Theater,” Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, April 2009 Reunion Program.

“The 56h Georgia Battle Flag,” North South Trader’s Civil War, Vol. 34, No. 4. 2009.

His new work is titled, Volunteer Banners: Tennessee’s Civil War Flags by the University of Tennessee Press.

Biggs also has served as a tour guide for the Atlanta Campaign Tour, Ft. Donelson, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Tullahoma Campaigns. He has also started 3 Civil War Roundtables, 2 in Ohio and Clarksville, Tennessee, his current home.

Biggs talk Tuesday will be an examination of the Confederacy’s military supply system, surveying the food, manufacturing and raw materials areas of the South. Covering the military departments that handled various aspects of supply, this also looks at the great Confederate supply successes as well as the failures, in addition to their effects on military campaigns. Biggs will discuss the four major Confederate supply departments: quartermaster, commissary, ordnance, and mining.

A number of myths will be debunked such as “the agrarian South” which was actually quite industrialized.  Confederate supply policy and finances will also be discussed.

A Gathering Storm: Arkansas Goes to War

The Arkansas Historical Association invites presentation proposals for its 70th annual conference in Little Rock, April 14-16, 2011. This conference inaugurates the AHA’s sesquicentennial look at the Civil War in Arkansas. The AHA welcomes proposals dealing with all aspects of the beginning of the Civil War in Arkansas – secession, battles, personalities, life at home-as well as Arkansans’ experiences in any other of the nation’s conflicts.  Presentations are limited to 20 minutes. Proposals should be submitted by October 15, 2010.

For additional information contact Dr. Blake Wintory in Lake Village at 870-265-6031 or lakeport.ar@gmail.com

In Case You Missed It

The Arkansas Democrat/Gazette reported in the August 20th paper that the Little Rock National Cemetery will use $36,250 of funds received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to renovate the Minnesota Monument. The monument was dedicated in 1916 to the 162 Minnesota soldiers who were killed in Arkansas during the Civil War.

Reed’s Bridge Re-enactment – Huge Success

Confederate and Federal forces collided at Reed’s Bridge again in Jacksonville on September 11th and 12th.  Four cannon began the artillery duel at 2:00 p.m. each day followed by Federal troops charging to take control of the bridge. Federal cavalry attempted to turn the flank of the Rebels defending the crossing over the Bayou Meto. After finally being repulsed, Federal troops retreated back to Brownsville, leaving the wounded on the field. As they departed southern ladies in their period clothing aided those Southerners that were injured.

At least 75 re-enactors and living historians participated in the event. James Country Store, the cutler store from Missouri, offered wares, games, and novelties for sale. “Dr. Daniel”, with the Old State House Museum, discussed Civil War medicine, and the Knights of Columbus cooked hot dogs for the crowd. Local newspapers, Today’s THV, and AETN were present and reported on all of the new replica buildings and cannons at the battlefield. At least 500 spectators were present each day.

One of our members has asked our Roundtable to consider joining the Civil War Preservation Trust as a Color Bearer. “The CWPT exists to identify and preserve, for all time, the battlefields of our American Civil War. The Trust further believes that protecting our past is the surest way to ensure our future.” Since 1987 the CWPT has saved over 29,000 acres of hallowed ground. Individuals, corporations, foundations, and even Civil War Roundtables are called upon for financial support. In Arkansas the Trust is supporting preservation efforts at Prairie Grove, Devils Backbone, and Helena. With an annual donation of just $1000, the Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc. can join other Color Bearers across the country.

At our meeting last month, 10 of our members pledge $875 to the goal of $1000. For those who will attend this Tuesday’s meeting, please bring your gift. Checks should be made out to the Civil War Preservation Trust. All those interested in preserving our hallowed ground are asked to make a contribution. You can make a difference! I will gather all gifts and forward them to the Trust. The Civil Preservation Trust is a 501 (c)3 tax organization. We are only $ 125 for our goal!  If you are unable to attend, please mail your check to the editor’s office.

Civil War Preservation Trust

Attn: Rick Meadows

1102 S. Pine #2

Cabot, AR 72023

Benefits of becoming a Color Bearer include:

  • Special invitations about 2 times a year for 2 or 3 of our Roundtable members to attend special battlefield tours – just pay for travel and lodging).
  • If any members of our Roundtable attend the CWPT’s Annual Conference, each person will receive a special half-day tour and admittance to the “Author’s Dinner” Next year the Conference will be held at Manassas Battlefield in June.
  • Complimentary copy to all members of our Roundtable of the award winning magazine, “Hallowed Ground” published three times a year by the Trust.

As a reminder, some companies offer Employer Matching Contributions.

These are funds that are matched by the company for charity organizations. If possible ask your employer to make a matching contribution to the Trust.

The Civil War Preservation Trust is accepting nominations through its website far an annual report on endangered Civil War battlefields.  The report entitled History Under Siege, identifies the most threatened Civil War sites in the United States and what can be done to rescue them.

“Too often the threats to our priceless historical treasures go unnoticed,” noted CWPT President James Lighthizer.  “This report is a rallying cry to the nation, a powerful reminder that our hallowed battlefields are in imminent danger.”

The 2011 endangered battlefields report will be released next spring.  Any Civil War battlefield is eligible for nomination and consideration.  The chosen sites will be selected based on geographic location, military significance and the immediacy of current threats.

“From Pennsylvania to Arizona, the battlefields where the Civil War was fought are under siege,” Lighthizer remarked.  “Nominations from concerned citizens, history buffs and preservation activists help us stay aware of the most current threats to a wide variety of battlefields.”

For additional information contact Jim Campi of the Trust at 202-367-1861 ext. 7205 or visit www.civilwar.org


Dr. David Bash, one of our new members, has a collection of letters from William G. Kendrick, Captain of Company “A” 29th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. To view the collection, visit: http://friendsofallencounty.org/fam.kendrickletters.php

Kendrick was from Lancaster, PA and a relative of Dr. Bash. Kendrick saw action at Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga, where an injury to his knee forced him to resign his commission. He was engaged with Maj Gen GeorgeThomas near Snodgrass Hill. Good reading…thanks Dr. Bash!

Civil War Bullets from Rick

  • Visit www.arkansascivilwar150.com for information about the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

  • Scott H. Akridge, has announced that the dedication of a sesquicentennial marker will be in Searcy on Sunday, October 24th. Akridge is co-author of “A Severe and Bloody Fight: The Battle of Whitney’s Lane & Military Occupation of White County, Arkansas, May & June, 1862”

  • Mississippi Study Tour – October 14-17.  18th Annual Penn State Civil War Battlefield Study Tour, “Vicksburg: The key to the Mississippi.” Presenters include Dr. Carol Reardon, Terrence Winschel and Parker Hills as tour leader. For information call Mary Jane Stout, 814-865-5466 or www.alumni.psu.edu. Winschel and Parker have been speakers at our Roundtable.


Civil War Roundtable Speakers 2010

Tell and invite a friend to join us!

Jan – Joellen Maack – “Civil War Flags at the Old State House Museum”

Feb – Dr. Michael Dougan  – “Gen N. Bart Pearce”

Mar –  William Stevens – “CSS Pontchartrain”

Apr –  Tom Ezell         @  the Ten Mile House – “David O. Dodd”

May – Mark Christ – “Battle of Arkansas Post”

June –  Evans Benton – “Forrest’s West Tennessee Raid & The Battle of Parkers’ Crossroads“

July –  Brain Brown – “Fort Henry and Fort Donelson”

Aug – Dr. Bill Gurley – “Confederate Grizzlies: Mosby M. Parsons and his Confederate Missouri Division”

Sept – Greg Biggs – “How Johnny Got His Gun”

Oct – Dr. William Shea – Trans Mississippi Army

Nov – Drew Hodges – “Confederate General Bushrod Johnson”

Thank you to Dr. Bill Gurley for his very detailed program on Gen. Mosby Parsons last month. We are also looking forward to having Dr. William Shea return in October. As you know, Dr. Shea was honored by the Civil War Round Table of New York’s Fletcher Pratt Literary Award for 2009 for his book: Fields of Blood: the Prairie Grove Campaign. Shea also received the Arkansas Historical Association’s 2009 J.G. Ragsdale Award for his work.

See you Tuesday night with Greg Biggs and how Johnny got his gun!

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