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

Jacksonport in the Civil War
With Sara Griffith

This Tuesday we will welcome Sara Griffith from the Jacksonport State Park to bring our monthly program. Originally from Forth Smith, Sara graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arkansas Tech in 2007. Being a seasonal interpreter for the Arkansas State Parks, we are excited to hear from a young person’s perspective concerning the Civil War.
Since graduating from college, Sara has worked for a variety of organizations including: U.S. Geological Survey, Heifer International, Grand Canyon National Park, Utah Division of Wildlife, and the Montana Conservation Corps. A horse enthusiast, Sara was a participant in a Friesian horse driving exhibition at the Washington International Horse Show in 2009. She has previously had articles published in Modern Arabian Horse, The Australian Arabian Horse News, and the Khamsat. We welcome Sara to the Roundtable as she discusses the role Jacksonport played in the Civil War.

Living History at Mount Holly Cemetery
Tales of the Crypt

Each year students from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School present Tales of the Crypt at Mount Holly Cemetery.
Students will portray personalities from 15 grave sites. Included in the free candlelight tour this year will be David O Dodd, boy martyr of the Confederacy.

The event will be held this year on Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30 to 8:30

The cemetery is located at Broadway and 10th Streets in Little Rock.

Call for Presentations from the Arkansas Historical Association
A Divided Arkansas

The Arkansas Historical Association invites presentation proposals for it 71st annual conference in Fayetteville, April 12-12, 2012. This conference continues the AHA’s look at the Civil War in Arkansas. Program chair, Carl Carlson-Drexler states: “In these years, Arkansans aligned on both sides of a significant national conflict, and we welcome presentations on any aspect of the war that emphasize division within the state. In order to expand our conference theme, and to compare how the state has confronted adversity at different points in its past, we also welcome contributions on other conflicts, antebellum and postbellum, that generated or exacerbated divisions within Arkansas, whether along political, geographic, racial, gender, or issue-related lines.

Presentations are limited to 20 minutes and we strongly encourage the use of audio/visual elements.” Send proposals of approximately 200 words by October 14, 2001 to:

Carl G. Carlson-Drexler
P.O. Box 9381
Magnolia, AR 71754 cdrexler@uark.edu

Red River Ramble

The Camden Expedition and the Civil War in Arkansas

Vanessa McKuin, of The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas invites preservation and Civil War enthusiasts to The Red River Ramble. “This all-day bus tour to Camden will explore Arkansas’s historic sites associated with the Civil War, focusing on the Camden Expedition of the 1864 Red River Campaign. Highlights of the ramble include sites in Benton, Arkadelphia and Camden. Each participant will receive a Civil War Passport from the Sesquicentennial Commission to be stamped at the McCollum-Chidester House in Camden. During travel time, Ramblers will view the documentary CW150: Remembering the Civil War in Arkansas and a segment of an episode of PBS’s show History Detectives that features documentation related to the Battle of Poison Spring.

Participants will enjoy lunch and dinner in historic settings and tours of buildings and sites that exhibit Arkansas’s unique history. Included are tours of Magnolia Manor in Arkadelphia, Poison Spring Battlefield State Park, and the McCollum-Chidester House in Camden, which served as headquarters for Union General Frederick Steele.”

Cost is $100 for members of The Alliance and $125 for non members, which includes a discounted one-year individual membership with The Alliance. We will depart at 9:00 a.m. from Curran Hall at 615 East Capital in Little Rock and return at 10:00 p.m.

The deadline to register is October 7. For questions call 501-372-4757.

Victory at Gettysburg

Jim Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust announced in March its intent “to save, rehabilitate, and preserve two key tracts along the Baltimore Pike and the historic Josiah Benner tract on the Gettysburg battlefield. Thanks to your great generosity we have now reached our fundraising goal for these three tracts. Our goal of preserving more of the Gettysburg battlefield has been achieved.”

Save the Perryville Battlefield

Jim Lighthizer continues with this preservation effort: “There is a new opportunity to save 141 Critical Acres around the Squire Bottom House at the Perryville Battlefield. On the afternoon of October 8, 1862, Confederate soldiers from Brig. Generals Bushrod Johnson, Daniel Adams, and Patrick Cleburne’s brigades crossed the Doctor’s Creek, climbed the steep banks, and smashed into the unsuspecting Union soldiers holding the right flank of the Union line. Despite catching a number of Union regiments by surprise, the Confederate attack quickly became a bloody, stand-up fight.

By the end of the day, both sides had suffered a total of approximately 7,400 casualties, and local experts estimate that about 500 of those occurred in just a few afternoon hours of fighting on the 141 acres we are working to save. Now we have the chance to save the very ground where Johnson, Adams and Cleburne’s Louisianans and Tennesseans met determined defenders from Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.”

The cost is $725,000 but with a $4 to $1 match, The Civil War Trust has a fund raising goal of $181,250. Go to Civilwar.org for more information or to make a donation.
In case you missed it

Russ Bynum of the Associated Press announced last month that archaeologists have discovered Camp Lawton, a former POW camp near Millen, GA. It was built in September 1864 to relieve pressure on Andersonville. Open only about 6 weeks, when Sherman’s army approached the area on his famous march to the sea, Camp Lawton remained undisturbed all these years. Discoveries made this summer are being displayed at the Statesboro campus of Georgia Southern University. Included is a soldier’s copper ring, a badge from a 3rd Corps, books, bullets, buckles and a pipe. Archaeology student, Kevin Chapman worked on locating the camp for his master’s thesis.
Arkansas Democrat/Gazette August 21, 2011

For additional information contact Georgia Southern Department of Sociology & Anthropology at 912-478-2587 or visit CampLawton@georgiasouthern.edu

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Update


September 26 – Food and Medicine of the Civil War and Before
Saline County Library, 1800 Smithers Dr in Benton, lecture at 6:30 P.M.

October 8 – The War Comes Home – A Civil War Tour of Van Buren
Guided tours begin at the Van Buren Visitor Center at the Downtown Railroad Depot. Sites include the Crawford County Courthouse, the Depot, the recently preserved Drennen-Scott Home, Fairview Cemetery, and the Van Buren Wharf. Cost is $10.

Tours Times
10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

October 15 – Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas
Civil War poetry contest at the Cox Building, River Market District at 9:00 a.m.

November 6 – Civil War Weekend at Historic Washington State Park
Tours of the many historic homes and buildings of the town as well as surrey rides will be available.

For a complete list of events visit www.arkansascivilwar.150.com

Civil WarRoundtable of Arkansas Makes Contribution

At our last meeting members voted to make a $100 donation to purchase 8 copies of Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg, The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War by Ed Bearss and J. Parker Hills. This is a matching gift program administered by the Blue and Gray Education Society. This book is being sent to area libraries. Included are the Public Libraries in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Copies are being sent also to area University and High School Libraries. Thanks to Brian Brown of our Roundtable for his efforts in this worthy cause.

Civil War Collection at the Butler Center

Kathryn Heller, editor for The Butler Banner, announced the recently processed Paul W. Dolle Civil War Collection which contains items from 1861 through 1952. This material was collected by Dolle, an Arkansas businessman and private collector.

Included in the collection are several journals, including one from an officer of the 59th Illinois which describes the Battle of Pea Ridge. Heller states “another individual item of great interest is a large map of the battlefield at Pea Ridge. The map, believed to be the work of a Union soldier, is hand drawn in brown ink on orange necessity paper.

In addition, the collection contains groups of items related to particular people or organizations including: Grand Army of the Republic Department of Arkansas, United Confederate Veterans Arkansas Division, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Arkansas Division. One such example is Dr. Turhand Dice of Utica, Missouri, who served as a surgeon with the 57th United States Colored Infantry. Documents include postwar correspondence. Also notable is a series of letters written by Colonel Benjamin W. Johnson of the 15th Arkansas Infantry while in the Johnson Island Prison at Sandusky, Ohio.

The collection contains more that 100 individual documents, two UDC scrapbooks, and fifteen ledger or journal books with organizational records, approximately seventy individual photographs, and four photograph albums with more that 100 additional photographs. Several images from this rich collection are included in the Butler Center’s online Civil War collection, A nation Divided: Arkansas and the Civil War, at www.butlercenter.org/civilwararkansas.

The collection can be accessed by visiting the Research Room of the Arkansas Studies Institute” according to Heller. Your editor will bring a few copies of the printable version showing a detailed description of the collection to our Tuesday meeting.

Civil War Roundtable Speakers for 2011

• October – Russell Baker, historian and genealogist – “In Search of the Blue & Gray, Locating Civil War Ancestors”

• Thanks to Mark Christ and his program last month on the Spence Brothers of Arkadelphia. Hope to see you Tuesday with Sara Griffith.

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