Our 47th 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



Tuesday night our own, Rick Meadows, will bring a lively program based on the diary and collection of letters of William O. Gulick of the First Iowa Cavalry. Gulick saw action in Missouri and Arkansas serving as a corporal. He participated in the Prairie Grove Campaign, action at Dripping Springs, Ft. Smith and the Campaign for Little Rock. Meadows will discuss the life and experiences of a civil war soldier as recorded by Gulick. This collection of letters was published in 1930 by the Iowa State Historical Society.

Since July, 2008, Meadows has served as Chairman of the Central Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail whose purpose is to identify, protect, interpret and promote Arkansas properties related to the state’s Civil War experiences. In addition to being a member of our Roundtable, Meadows helped to organize the Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable that meets in Lonoke. He is also a member of the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, the Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears, and the Lonoke County Museum. During the week Meadows serves as an insurance agent in Cabot and on Sundays preaches at the Ward and Sixteen Section United Methodist churches in north Lonoke County. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Meadows and his wife, Harriet, have a daughter and son in law who live in Shreveport.

Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas

Vanessa McKuin, executive director of The Alliance, recently announced the seven most endangered historic places in Arkansas for 2011.  Included on this list is Dunagin’s Farm Battlefield in Benton County. According to McKuin, “Dunagin’s Farm Battlefield was the site of the first Civil War battle fought in Arkansas and is part of the Pea Ridge Campaign.  The Battle of Dunigan’s Farm (also called the Battle of Little Sugar Creek) took place on February 17, 1862. The site is privately owned and is currently for sale.  The property is not protected from the removal of artifacts or development from nearby Fayetteville and Rogers areas.  An ideal outcome for the property would be for it to be added to the Pea Ridge Military Park and interpreted.  As the state begins commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it is an appropriate time to recognize and secure the future of this important piece of Civil War history.”

Last year the Deadrick House, home of Captain Isaac N. Deadrick in Levesque of Cross County, was added to the endangered list. Deadrick served as commander of Company A of the 29th Arkansas Confederate Cavalry. Thanks Vanessa for your watchful eye!

The Historic Preservation Alliance is the leading statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the state’s architectural and cultural heritage.  For additional information or to join The Alliance, contact Vanessa at 501-372-4757 or visit www.Preserve Arkansas.org

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Update

This week it was announced that grants for projects that support the planning and execution of local commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is being restored. Funding was made possible from the General Improvement Fund released by the Governor’s Office. Grants up to $2,000 will be awarded four times a year, as funding is available. Included are costs pertaining to: plans for local commemorations, speakers’ fees and materials for conferences and workshops, development of museum exhibits or interpretive materials, and the development of printed materials, videos, or educational software.

On June 7, Tommy Dupree, Chairman of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, announced a new traveling exhibit entitled: “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865.” According to Dupree, “this exhibit will be available for display at venues all over the state.” Thru June it is on display on the second floor of the Central Arkansas Library System’s Cox Center at 120 Commerce Street in the River Market area of Little Rock. The exhibit offers a timeline and images of people, places and battles of Arkansas.

Last month the commission announced a free cell-phone tour of Arkansas Battlefields. “These cell phone tours will allow visitors to get in-depth information on historic properties at the touch of a button,” stated Dupree. Current tours include: Fourche Bayou Battlefield in Little Rock, Cane Hill Battlefield in Washington County, Elkins’ Ferry and Prairie D’Ane Battlefields in Nevada County, Poison Spring Battlefield in Ouachita County, Fort Southerland in Camden, Marks’ Mill Battlefield in Cleveland County, Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield in Grant County, and Ditch Bayou Battlefield in Chicot County.

The cell phone tours can be accessed by calling 501-203-3015 or by visiting www.arkansascivilwar150.com/civilwar-sites/audio/.

Sesquicentennial Marker – Hicks Station in Lonoke – This Saturday – June 25

The Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable invites everyone to attend the dedication of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker at Hicks Station in Lonoke. The keynote address will be given Clem Papineau. He will discuss the roll Brownsville served during the war. The event will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Lonoke County Museum which is located at 215 S.E. Front Street in Lonoke.

Save the USS Olympia

Our friend Greg Biggs, President of the Clarksville, Tennessee Civil War Roundtable is asking Civil War Roundtables and individuals to consider making a donation to repair this cruiser from the Spanish-American War. According to Biggs, “the USS Olympia is one of the most historic warships that still survive from the US Navy.  It was the flagship of Admiral George Dewey in the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.  While this is a warship from a war after the Civil War, George Dewey was a US Navy veteran officer of the Civil War. He served under David Farragut at New Orleans in 1862 and Port Hudson in 1863.  He was also at Fort Fisher in North Carolina in 1865.

Photo by Walter Gallas

The USS Olympia is a beautiful ship which I toured several years ago. It is ported at Philadelphia on the river, and it is the river that has become her worst enemy.  She has a lot of hull damage that needs repair and then she will probably need moving to dry dock for further display to the public.  She is actually in danger of sinking at her moorings if these repairs are not made soon.  An alternative has been proposed to tow her out to sea and sink her!  This would be a tragic loss of our naval history!

The National Trust of Historic Preservation has stepped up and is now fund raising along with the Independence Seaport Museum to help get the USS Olympia stabilized and perhaps moved to a dry display area.

Please pass this along to your members so you and they can contribute to this worthy project if they wish.  We all love our history and we all lose our history when artifacts like this ship are lost.  They don’t build these cruisers of this style any more so if she goes she is gone forever and so are all of the other ships of her time.” Visit www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/sites/northeast-region/the-uss-olympia.html.

He is challenging each Civil War Roundtable to pledge at least $100 to this project. Thanks Greg for this update.

As new Color Bearers, we receive updated information concerning the preservation efforts of the Civil War Trust. Eight crucial acres of hallowed ground at Gaines’ Mill and Cold Harbor are being threatened by developmental pressure in the Richmond suburbs. “The two battles, when taken together, account for more than 33,000 casualties.  Gaines’ Mill was Robert E. Lee’s first major victory, against a “base-changing” George McClellan, and Cold Harbor was Lee’s last major victory, against a decidedly different opponent, Ulysses s. Grant” stated Jim Lighthizer, President. For more information, to view maps, or to make a donation visit: www.Civilwar.org.

Civil War Roundtable Speakers for 2011

  • July – Dr. Michael Dougan – retired history professor Arkansas State University – “Arkansas after the Secession Convention and 1861”
  • August – Mark Christ – Community Outreach Director, Department of Arkansas Heritage – “Spence Brothers from Arkadelphia and 1861”
  • September – Mark Ballard, Jacksonport State Park – “Jackson Guards”
  • October – Russell Baker, historian and genealogist – “In Search of the Blue & Gray, Locating Civil War Ancestors”
  • November – TBA

Civil War Bullets from Rick

  • August 12-14 Battle of Wilson’s Creek              Re-enactment in Springfield, MO
  • August 27-28 Battle of Reed’s Bridge                Re-enactment in Jacksonville, AR
  • September 23-25 Missouri Literary Festival       Springfield, MO www.missourliteraryfestival.org
  • Cal Collier update – While in Fredericksburg, VA in May, I spoke with Cal, one of the founding members of our Roundtable. He is doing much better following a serious illness several years ago. We miss Cal’s and Melba’s annual trips to Little Rock for his air force reunion and speaking to our Roundtable.

Thanks to Dr. Carl Moneyhon and his program last month on Lincoln and the Constitution. Hope to see you Tuesday with Rick Meadows and William O. Gulick.

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