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


Brian Brown

And the Battles of

Iuka and Corinth

Brian Brown
About Our Speaker

Each year we are very fortunate to have Brian Brown, our Secretary/Treasurer, bring a talk on his most recent tour he has made with the Blue and Gray Education Society. A resident of Little Rock, Brian graduated in 1984 from Southwestern College in Memphis, now Rhodes College.  After graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1988, Brian joined the Laser Law Firm, becoming a partner in 2000.

Brian began attending meetings of the Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas as a young boy. He has served as President several times and makes annual talks to our group. You will remember his most recent talks: 2010 Battles at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, The Battle of Perryville in 2009, and 2008 Port Hudson. This Tuesday, Brian will discuss military operations in Mississippi at Iuka and Corinth in the fall of 1862.

In the summer of 1862 President Abraham Lincoln named Major General U.S. Grant commander of US forces in the District of West Tennessee. Major General William S. Rosecrans took charge of the Army of the Mississippi in the Corinth area. Confederate General Braxton Bragg launched his plan to invade Kentucky and ordered General Sterling Price’s 14,000 man Army of the West to advance on Nashville. Price occupied Iuka on September 14 while Major General Earl Van Dorn was a four-day march to the south, heading to attack the Federals at Corinth before he advanced into Tennessee.  Grant saw an opportunity to stop the Confederate offensive and protect Kentucky by trapping Price in Iuka, 20 miles southeast of Corinth, before the Army of the West could join Van Dorn.

Grant ordered Major General Edward O.C. Ord with 8000 men to travel on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad to Burnsville to attack Price from the northwest. At the same time Rosecrans was to lead his 9000 men from Corinth to Jacinto and advance on Iuka from the south and the west to trap Price.

(courtesy: The Civil War Battlefield Guide, second edition 1998)

Join us Tuesday as Brian discusses the importance of the Battle of Iuka and then turns his attention to the well known battle of Corinth.

Many Arkansas troops took part in this campaign. Included were Brigades lead by Col Elijah Gates, Col W. Bruce Colbert, Brig Gen John C. Moore, Brig Gen W. L. Cabell, Brig Gen C.W. Phifer, and Brig Gen Albert Rust.

There is a new Civil War Interpretive Center at Corinth operated by the National Park Service. It is located near Battery Robinett, the site of fierce fighting during the Battle of Corinth.

While in Corinth enjoy 20-miles of hiking and biking in and around the historic town. Sites include the depot & crossroads, Curlee House (HQ for US and Confederate Generals), several Batteries (Robinett, F, and Powell), numerous Union earthworks, and the Corinth National Cemetery.

Arkansas Studies Institute
Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War

Friday, January 28, is the last day to view the traveling exhibit in downtown Little Rock. The exhibit is located on the ground floor of the Arkansas Studies Institute in the River Market District. The question is asked, “Why does Lincoln matter today?” With the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, America faced its greatest constitutional test. A series of kiosks challenge the visitor to discern: Was the “United States” truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states? How could a country founded on the belief that “all men are created equal” tolerate slavery? In a national crisis, would civil liberties be secure?” Does the constitution matter today? What civil liberties are being challenged today?

“Lincoln’s struggle to save the Union transformed the Constitution and created the nation we are today. To his contemporaries, Lincoln was a controversial president. He was denounced as a “tyrant” for his policies on civil liberties and vilified for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. To this day, questions about Lincoln’s leadership stir debate: Was he a calculating politician willing to accommodate slavery? According to the exhibit, Lincoln entered office maintaining that slavery would gradually die out, a victim of its own moral contradictions. But that proved to be a false hope. Lincoln came to realize that for the Union to survive, slavery had to be destroyed.” This exhibition has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society Wins Award

On Friday, January 14, The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas awarded the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society of Jacksonville the “Outstanding Service in Neighborhood Preservation”. Over 350 people attended the event held at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock. Speakers included John Gill, Immediate Past President of The Alliance; Senator David Pryor; Frances Mitchell Ross, Past President of the Quapaw Quarter Association; and Vanessa McKuin, Executive Director of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.

“The award was based on the successful re-enactment of the August 27, 1863 battle and construction of the replica homestead. 1000 spectators left the battlefield with a greater understanding of the historic site and its role in Arkansas’ history.

Without the efforts of the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society the event would not have been such a resounding success.  For the re-enactment the members of the Society garnered the support of several public and private organizations, organized extensive media coverage, and produced high-quality materials to continue education the public about the significance of the site. The attention that this program drew will aid in the continued preservation and appreciation of the site whose protection is threatened in this day of urban sprawl.” (Courtesy: The Alliance)

Civil War Roundtable Speakers 2011

  • Feb – Dr. Richard McCaslin of The University of North Texas  – “A Soldier’s Letters to Charming Nellie: The Correspondence of Joseph B. Polley, Hood’s Texas Brigade.” In his discussion Dr. McCaslin will discuss the 3rd Arkansas which served with Hood.
  • Mar – Local historian Tom Ezell – Federal occupation of Brownsville and Lonoke following the fall of Little Rock on September 10, 1863.
  • April –TBA
  • May – Dr. Carl Moneyhon – History Professor at The University of Arkansas in Little Rock – Lincoln and the Constitution

New Logo and Name

The Civil War Preservation Trust is now Civil War Trust.  “Despite the numerous successes this organization has enjoyed over the years, we’ve found that our name remains relatively unknown, even among many self-described Civil War buffs.  This lack of recognition was compounded by the unwieldy length of the name, which often resulted in abbreviation-and the acronym “CWPT” simply did not tell you who we are or what we do.  Instead, the Civil War Trust far better conveys that this organization is the world leader in protection these historic landscapes and promoting their appreciation through education programs on-site, online and in the classroom” stated Jim Lighthizer, President.

The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas is a financial supporter of the Civil War Trust becoming a Color Bearer in 2010.

We have been invited to attend several events planned for this year.

  • March 4-6     Tour coastal defenses & walking tour of Savannah, Ga
  • April 8-14     Week long events at Charleston,  S.C.
  • May 19-22     Annual conference in Chantilly, Va
  • Sept 16-18     Grand Review in Chattanooga, Tn

Details of these events will be shared at our meeting on Tuesday.

Civil War Bullets from Rick

Save these dates!

  • February 12  The Arsenal Crisis of 1861 at MacArthur Museum 10-3:15 Speakers include: Ian Beard, Tom Ezell, Dr. Michael Dougan
  • April 30         Kick-Off Event at the Old State House Museum 10-4  Visitors will see a special screening of the new AETN documentary about the Civil War; special documents on exhibit from the Arkansas History Commission, such as the 1861 Arkansas Constitution and the original secession document; and the first of five exhibits put on by the Old State House Museum about the Civil War, titled An Enduring Union.

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc

2011 Membership Dues

Membership dues for 2011 are to be paid now. 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.

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 Brain at 501-376-2981

Hope to see you Tuesday with Brian Brown and The Battles of Iuka and Corinth.

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