CSS Pontchartrain – Arkansas’ Forgotten Warship Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – Old State House Museum December 7, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
*** Guests are invited to bring a sack lunch; beverages will be provided. Admission is free.
The CSS Pontchartrain arrived in Little Rock during the summer of 1862, and never left. However, few people know of the vessel’s existence and the role it played in defense of the Mississippi, Arkansas and White Rivers. This program will discuss both the civilian and military history of the vessel and the search to find its forgotten remains.
William Stevens is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and is a decorated veteran of both the United States Army and United States Air Force. He has had a lifelong fascination with the past and has spent countless hours visiting historical sites all around the world. Stevens has a 27-year history as a Civil War re-enactor and living history performer. In his spare time he maintains and uses a cannon that allows children and adults to experience Field Artillery from the American Civil War.
Stevens is a member of the Arkansas Living History Association, Maritime Archaeological Historical Society and is the founder of the CSS Pontchartrain Project. He established the CSS Pontchartrain Project, as a research organization dedicated to honoring the largest warship lost in Arkansas. This project led to discovery of the only known image of the vessel as well as Civil War era artifacts that were recovered along the banks of the Arkansas River in early 2010.

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