Thursday, January 12, 2012
Arkansas’s Union Forces: What Drove Madison County Men to Enlist? – Brown Bag Lunch Lecture
Old State House Museum – Little Rock, Arkansas
Noon – 1 p.m.
There are many great stories of how Arkansas’s young men went off to war in 1861, but what happened in 1862, ’63 and ’64 after the reality of war had invaded northern Arkansas? What conditions drove men to enlist with Union forces and form the Arkansas units? This talk will focus on northwest Arkansas and the men of Madison County, but will shed light on the reality of a war where the lines between friend and foe were never clear, and decisions about loyalty directly affected not only a soldier’s life, but the lives of his wife, children and community as well.
Rebecca Howard is a native of Northwest Arkansas and a graduate of Texas A&M University. She is pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. Her research focuses on the lives and communities of Civil War veterans along the northern border of Arkansas in the decades after the Civil War.
Admission to Brown Bag Lunch Lectures is free. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch; beverages are provided.