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

Arkansas After the Secession Conventions

With Dr. Michael Dougan

Tuesday night Dr. Michel Dougan, from Jonesboro, will be our speaker. Originally due to speak to us in April, we postponed his presentation because of the storms and floods.
A native of Neosho, Missouri, Dougan has retired from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. When he is not giving lectures, Dougan spends time running half marathons and playing softball. We are blessed to have Dr. Dougan as one of our regular speakers each year. Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend. You will enjoy his stories!
Why U.S. History?

Robert Holland and Don Soifer of the Lexington Institute recently wrote that the public school students in the country lack a grasp on fundamental facts and concepts of American history and civics. “According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress data published last month, only about one-quarter of American students scored at or above proficient in their grasp of U.S. History. The worst performance was by the high school seniors, only 12 percent of whom reached proficiency, or a level of solid achievement.”

On a recent episode of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, students had difficulty identifying a picture of Abraham Lincoln! Dr. Dougan has spent part of his summer training some of the teachers of Arkansas. Hopefully, our students will not make late night comedy! Thanks Dr. Dougan!

The Olympia

Our Roundtable received a thank you letter from the Independence Seaport Museum for our recent contribution to support the Cruiser Olympia. The Museum has spent $5.5 million on the maintenance, repair, preservation, and restoration of the Olympia. She has been in the water since 1945 and needs to be placed in dry-dock.

For an update on the efforts to restore her, visit www.phillyseaport.org.

Fort Gaines Makes Top 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

By the National Trust For Historic Preservation

Fort Gaines Historical Site
Provided & Maintained by the Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board
109 Bienville Blvd. Dauphin Island, AL 36528 251-861-3607

Fort Gaines faces a formidable adversary: the relentless erosion of its Gulf of Mexico shoreline.  400 feet of historic battlefield have already been lost, and the eastern end, where Fort Gaines is located, is eroding at a rate of approximately 9 feet per year.  This is the result of more frequent and intense storms and dredging of the Mobile Ship Channel. Eventually, Fort Gaines could wash away, destroying a vital piece of our nation’s historical and architectural heritage, and an important monument to the brave soldiers who fought, sacrificed and died in the American Civil War.

Jim Lighthizer, President, announced on July 20th a campaign to save 44 Acres on the Manassas Battlefield at the “Deep Cut” that saw 10,000 Federals under Fitz John Porter assault Stonewall Jackson’s Confederates. The 44-acre Dogan Farm property is one of the largest remaining unpreserved expanses of battlefield land at Manassas.

The Fundraising Goal is $100,000
Cost $1,125,000
Match $11.25 to $1

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Update

Used” Featured presenters, all from UCA:

Dr. Lorien Foote will examine affairs of honor among soldiers and the pervasive violence that structured their lives.

Dr. Roger Pauly will consider the new technologies that changed the experience of war for the men who fought.

Dr. Buck Foster will explore the many battles and faces of Fort Smith, a city that changed hands multiple times during the war and experienced a constant influx of soldiers, refuges, runaways, and deserters.

For more information call 501-324-9685



August 22 – Performance of Civil War Music at the Saline County Library

1800 Smithers Drive, Benton 6:30 p.m.

The musical group, Harmony, will perform Civil War music from their newest CD.

For more information call 501-778-4766



August 27-28 Battle of Reed’s Bridge

Hwy 161 in  Jacksonville

Re-enactment of 1863 battle, complete with sutlers, food vendors, and dance

For more information call 501-831-8427

Ann Hooper, President


Reed’s Bridge Homestead

Civil War Roundtable Speakers for 2011

  • 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

Thanks to Rick Meadows and his program last month on William O. Gulick of Iowa. Hope to see you Tuesday with Dr. Dougan!

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