Our 46th Year
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
RMeadows@aaamissouri.com / arcivilwarbuff@gmail.com
Dues $20 Per Year


Drew Hodges
General Bushrod Johnson

Drew Hodges, 1969 graduate from the University of Oklahoma, will bring our last program of the year on unknown Confederate General Bushrod Rust Johnson. We will meet as usual at 7:00 P.M. at the Second Presbyterian Church in West Little Rock.

Hodges received his Masters in History from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007 and teaches classes at the National Park Community College in Hot Springs, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and occasionally at Arkansas State University at Beebe. Hodges is a charter member of the SCV chapter in El Reno, OK and is currently President of the North Little Rock Civil War Roundtable. Hodges is a frequent speaker to our roundtable.

Bushrod Johnson

Early Life
Born in 1817 into a Quaker family in Ohio, Johnson entered West Point against his family’s wishes and graduated in 1840. His classmates included George Thomas and William Tecumseh Sherman. He was a second lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Infantry and fought in the Seminole War and the Mexican War. Forced to resign his commission in 1847 for selling contraband goods, he became a professor of philosophy and chemistry at Western Military Institute in Georgetown, Kentucky in 1851 and professor of engineering at the University of Nashville in 1855. While in Kentucky and Tennessee, Johnson was active with the state militias. He was one of only a few confederate generals from the north.

Civil War Years

At the outbreak of the war, Johnson was appointed colonel of engineers of the Tennessee Militia. He was instrumental in the construction of Fort Donelson, and in January 1862 was promoted to Brigadier General. He saw action at Fort Donelson and the Battle of Shiloh where his Tennessee Brigade suffered 740 casualties. Johnson became a division commander, but was seriously wounded by the concussion of an artillery shell. At Perryville, KY, Johnson led an assault across Doctor’s Creek. During the Kentucky Campaign he had 5 horses shot out from under him. He saw action also at Stones River, Tullahoma, Chickamauga, and Knoxville. It was at Chickamauga where his brigade, which was in the center, smashed through the quarter-mile gap left by Major General Thomas Wood’s withdrawal. His men captured 19 cannons, a wagon train and a Union hospital while inflicting hundreds of causalities on Federal troops.

Johnson spent the rest of the war in the Army of Northern Virginia where he was promoted to Major General in May, 1864. The battles in which he saw action in Virginia included The Crater, Siege of Petersburg, and Sayler’s Creek. He was paroled at Appomattox Court House.

Following the war Johnson returned to teaching and became professor and co-chancellor of the University of Nashville with Kirby Smith. He retired in 1875 moving to Illinois where he died in 1880 and was buried in Miles Station. He was reinterred in 1975 to the Old City Cemetery in Nashville, next to his wife, Mary.
Courtesy Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, November 9, 2008
Civil War Collectables Found in San Antonio Library

The Associated Press announced on November 9 and the Arkansas Democrat/Gazette on November 11 the finding of several Civil War items found in a walled up closet since 1952 during the renovation of a former Carnegie Library.

Your editor called Beth Graham of the Library System, who sites 4 special finds, all in really “good shape”:

• “A letter from a man from San Antonio to a relative probably who lived up north who cried when the Union Flag came down in 1861.
• A proclamation by the Governor of New Mexico, which was still a territory, calling up the militia to repel Confederate raiders coming into Texas
• Personal photo album of U.S. Colonel Towne, containing Generals Grant, Sheridan, and Meade. Towne was at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio after the war.
• A General Order issued in (1863?) by Confederate Major General J. Bankhead Magruder relating to the transportation of cotton past the blockade”

The library, which was built in the 1830’s, will be “retrofitted” said Graham; and it will become a Western Art Museum with a History Center Exhibit with additional Library functions. These items will be on display when the remodeling is complete.

Notes on Magruder:

On January 1, 1863, Magruder’s forces won the Battle of Galveston, recapturing the city and port for the Confederacy. From August 1864 to March 1865, Magruder commanded the Department of Arkansas but then returned to command the District of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona during the last months of the war until the entire Trans-Mississippi region was surrendered by General Edmund Kirby Smith.
Courtesy Wikipedia


Regimental Color Bearers

Thanks to our members who raised over $1000 for Battlefield Preservation. Our gifts have been sent to the Civil War Preservation Trust.

Save the Flags Preservation Project

Beginning in 2011, the Old State House Museum will mark the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with five years of exciting exhibits and programs. The museum’s goal is to conserve two newly-acquired Arkansas Confederate battle flags by 2012, in time for our second Sesquicentennial exhibit. You can help the Old State House Museum protect these flags, ensuring their survival for future generations. Click here to find out more about the Save the Flags project .

Saturday, November 20
Experience 1862
– A Civil War Living History Event
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visit the Old State House Museum and experience Arkansas during the Civil War in 1862. Meet soldiers, politicians and citizens as they explore history and situations during Arkansas’s most significant year in the conflict.

Scheduled Events:
10:00 a.m. Firing Demonstration
11:00 a.m. Gubernatorial Candidates Debate
Citizens Cast Their Vote for Governor
1:00 p.m. Mass Conscription of Soldiers for the Confederate
2:00 p.m. State Legislature Meets
Election of Confederate State Senator
Discussion of Bills
3:00 p.m. Firing Demonstration

Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685 for more information.

Election of Officers for 2011

Tuesday night we will vote on our slate of officers willing to serve for 2011. If you would like to serve, contact our President, Jan Sarna. Positions include:

Vice President
Web Master
Newsletter Editor
At Large Member to the Executive Committee

Civil War Bullets from Rick
• Visit www.arkansascivilwar150.com for information about the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
• Dedication of the sesquicentennial marker at Whitney Lane in Searcy was held on Sunday, October 24th.
• December 4 & 5 Re-Enactment, Prairie Grove, Arkansas
• December 4 & 5 24th Annual Civil War Show, Franklin, Tennessee
• Speakers for our programs in 2011 are being contacted. If you have a suggestion for a speaker or a topic, please contact your editor. We are blessed in Arkansas to have so many excellent speakers!
• Thanks to Dr. Bill Shea from UAM who gave us a challenging program on myths about the Trans-Mississippi and its leaders!
• Thanks to Brian Brown who brings our books to raffle. Monies raised help reimburse our speakers for their traveling expenses. Thanks to all who participate!
• No meeting in December! Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and Christmas! Gobble Gobble!

Boone Murphy House in Pine Bluff

The historic Boon Murphy House located on West Fourth Avenue in Pine Bluff is undergoing restoration. It is owned and managed by the Heckatoo Heritage Foundation. Union officers used the home, built in 1860, as headquarters. Additions were made in the 1920’s. $64,000 in community development funds are being used for the first phase of work which include repairing the roof, walls, and floor.

Reed’s Bridge Battlefield in Jacksonville

Several new structures have been completed and 2 cannons purchased. Included are a barn with paddock, kitchen, 2 cabins, and new fencing. Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society has a new web site: www.reedsbridgebattlefield.webs.com
Enjoy the pictures from your editor’s collection.

7 Acre Homestead at Reed’s Bridge, Jacksonville, AR

New cannon with fencing along the Bayou Meto

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc

2011 Membership Dues

Membership dues for 2011 are to be paid January 1. These monies help to pay for the transportation and lodging costs of our speakers. Printing costs for our newsletter and brochures we have at various locations in Central Arkansas are also supported by your dues. In addition, monies are used for the wayside signs for the Campaign for Little Rock that the CWRT of Arkansas purchases and maintains.

Additional monetary gifts that you make will be used for preservation efforts for Civil War battlefields and places of historical importance related to the Civil War. This past year we made a donation to The Old State House Museum for the Flags Preservation Project.

2011 Membership Dues Statement
$20 per year, Make Checks payable to:
The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc.
(Please disregard this notice if dues have already been paid)


Address City State Zip Code

______________________________________________________________________________________Phone e-mail address

Membership dues ……………………………….. $20
Additional $$ for preservation………………………______

Total _______

Mail to:

Brian Brown, Treasurer
The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc.
P.O. Box 25501
Little Rock, AR 72221 Questions? Call Brian at 501-376-2981

Hope to see you Tuesday night with Drew Hodges & General Johnson

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