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


Mark Kalkbrenner


Pine Bluff in the Civil War

During the Civil War, Pine Bluff sent two companies of voluntary militia – the Jefferson Guard commanded by Captain Charles Carlton and the Southern Guard which was command by Captain Joseph W. Bocage to fight for the Confederacy. With the Arsenal Crisis in Little Rock early in 1861, men from Pine Bluff and southeast Arkansas joined others from other parts of the state in Little Rock.

The Civil War almost began in Little Rock. Mark will discuss issues that affected the people of Pine Bluff at the beginning of the war. After Little Rock fell in September1863, Colonel Powell Clayton’s Fifth Kansas Battalion was dispatched to Pine Bluff.

On October 25, 1863, Confederate General John Marmaduke ordered an attack on Pine Bluff but was repulsed. Union forces protected Pine Bluff until the end of the war.

One of the original Confederate organized in Arkansas was the 9th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. Three companies came from Jefferson County. It was sometimes called the “Fighting Parson Regiment” because a reported 42 ordained Protestant Ministers were enlisted to fill the ranks. It served throughout the war and saw action from Belmont, MO on November 7, 1862 to Bentonville, NC on March 19-21, 1865.

Old State House Museum

Seminar, January 28, 2012 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Why commemorate the Civil War?

The Old State House Museum in Little Rock will host its annual Civil War seminar on Saturday, January 28th.  Admission is free but seating is limited. Call 501-324-8641 by January 23 to register. This event is sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Speakers include:

Dr. Bill Gurley – Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. His topic will be:  “How and Why We Have Commemorated the Civil War in the Past.”

Ronnie A Nichols – Founder of Nichols Consulting which provides planning, research and technical services in Civil War, military history and African-American history for films, publications, and public programs. His topic will be: “The Importance of the Sesquicentennial for the African-American Community.”

Dr. William Shea -Professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. His topic will be: “The Civil War We Have Lost.”

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Update

February 13, 2012 – Quilted History in Benton, Arkansas

Carolyn Smith Williams will present a program on quilts and other articles, some that predate 1763. Her collection is from southern Arkansas and Louisiana. During the Civil War quilts were used by slaves to tell their history and for communicating among other slaves.. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library at 1800 Smithers Drive. For additional information contact Steve Perdue at 501-778-4766 or sperdue@saline.lib.ar.us

March 9, 2012 – March 11, 2012 Commemoration of the Battle of Pea Ridge

Featured events include: Concert of Civil War Era Music, tour of the park with luminaries, Re-enactor camps, reunion of descendants of Civil War soldiers, Pea Ridge Battle Flag History Exhibit, and a concert of Civil War Era Music

For additional information please call 479-451-8122

April 28, 2012 – Fort Lincoln Festival in DeValls Bluff

Second annual festival focusing on the rich Civil War history of the area. There will be troop and cannon fire demonstrations, re-enactments, iteractive displays, expert speakers, indoor and outdoor activities for the kids, vendors with food and more. The event is free and will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For additional information contact Stacy Sawyer, Prairie County Community Center at 760-659-5652.

For a complete list of events visit: www.arkansascivilwar150.com

David O. Dodd

A tribute to David O. Dodd, boy martyr of the Confederacy was held on Saturday, January 7th at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.  There was excellent coverage in the Arkansas/Democrat newspaper.  Phillip McMath, who wrote and directed the two- act drama, The Hanging of David O. Dodd, which premiered last March at Little Rock’s Weekend Theater on 7th Street, was asked why we should remember a 17 year old boy who died in 1864? McMath said “It’s our story. It’s about Arkansas. It’s about Arkansas’ people. It’s the tragedy of the Civil War. And it was a great tragedy.”

Jim Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust has announced that over 32,000 acres of hallowed ground have been saved through the end of 2011. This past year the Civil War Trust closed on 39 separate transactions at 25 individual battlefields in 12 states. Among the places saved are Fort DeRussy in Louisiana, Resaca in Georgia, Cabin Creek in Oklahoma, and Parker’s Cross Roads and Shiloh in Tennessee.

In December he announced two calls for help. One, the Civil War Trust is protecting 121 acres at Perryville, Kentucky. The second is 207 acres at Shiloh at Fallen Timbers. The ground at Shiloh is critical. Lighthizer states: “It is the final, furious chapter in the story of Shiloh, where on Tuesday, April 8, 1862, immediately after the biggest battle that had ever been fought on this continent up to that time, a brigade under the Brigadier General William T. Sherman came up against a small, 350 man cavalry rear guard under Nathan Bedford Forrest.”

Our members have made a financial contribution to the Civil War Trust and to Reed’s Bridge Battlefield located in Jacksonville in December to preserve additional lands. If you would like to make a donation, mail your check to Brian Brown, our treasurer.

H.L. Hunley

Confederate Civil War vessel H.L. Hunley, the world’s first successful combat submarine when it sank a Union Ship in 1864, was unveiled in full and unobstructed for the first time on Thursday, January, 12th in North Charleston. “The submarine was a perfect time capsule of everything inside,” said Ben Rennison, one of three maritime archaeologists on the project. The Hunley Project is a partnership among the South Carolina Hunley Commission, Clemson University Restoration Institute, the Naval Historical Center and the nonprofit Friends of the Hunley. Courtesy Harriet McLeod/Reuters

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc

2012 Membership Dues

Membership dues for 2012 are to be paid January 1. 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. In the past we made a donation to The Old State House Museum for the Flags Preservation Project and to the Civil War Trust.

2012 Membership Dues Statement

$20 per year, Make Checks payable to:

The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc.



Email Address:

Membership dues …………  $20

Additional $$ for preservation………………

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Mail to:

Brian Brown, Treasurer

The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc.

P.O. Box 25501

Little Rock, AR 72221 Questions? Call Brian at 501-376-2981

Civil War Bullets from Rick

Submitted by our friend Gregg Biggs of Clarksville, TN

April 4-5, 2012 “Invasions by Rail and River” at Pickwick Landing State Park near Shiloh National Military Park. Musical performances and lectures by Wiley Sword, Tim Smith, James McDonough, John Marszalek and others. Call 800-250-8615 for details.

April 6-7, 2012 Shiloh National Military Park. Extended tours of the park featuring 23,746 luminaries, one for each American soldier killed, wounded or missing at Shiloh. These activities are Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Events.

Hope to see you Tuesday night with Captain Mark!

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