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


Roy Wilson


The Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry

Join us Tuesday when Roy Wilson from Sheridan brings us a power point presentation on the Battle of Jenkins’s Ferry. His program will focus on the actual battle which was fought mostly on April 30, 1864 and the retreat of the Union’s Camden Expedition. In addition, Wilson will discuss the question: “Who were the leaders that made the important decisions that led to the battle happening when and where it did?”

Wilson was a 1971 honor graduate of Glenwood High School, received his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1974 and his Master’s in 1981 from Henderson State University. Wilson has served the Sheridan School District, first as a junior high social studies teacher and since 2007, the Coordinator for the Gifted Education and Advanced Placement Programs. During his teaching career he has received three national, six state, two district, and one county teaching awards. Included are: Wal-Mart Arkansas Teacher of the Year, State DAR Chapters Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year, and Gifted Educator Award for Arkansas.  He is author of Where The Roses Never Fade, a biography of Wilma Stephens Thornton, his teaching mentor.

Roy Wilson

Wilson completed his presentation on the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry last November. As a teacher of Arkansas History, he has escorted tours along the 3-mile forested route of the battlefield for students, parents, and members of historical associations.

The Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield is located along Highway 46, 13 miles south of Sheridan. The battle field is now largely in timber production and is still prone to flooding, much like it was in 1864 when the two armies met there.

The Red River Campaign consisted of action at Prairie De Ann, Poison Spring, Marks’s Mill, and the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry. During our program on Tuesday, Wilson will trace Steele’s route from Camden back to Little Rock. The “Camden Trail” was one of the earlier roads in Arkansas, built before 1836. As you travel the route today, you will pass through Princeton, Tulip, and Leola. The area hasn’t changed much in 150 years. Spring rains saturate the grown today as it did then.

Additional information and exhibits can be found at the Grant County Museum which is located in Sheridan. From Highway 270 West, turn south on Highway 46 and go one mile and turn right on Shackleford Road.  The Grant County Museum is one block on the left.

Join us Tuesday as we travel with Steele, his Federal Army with their wagons, as Wilson   guides us into the bottom land and across the Saline River to safety in Little Rock.

We are blessed to have such a positive voice in Grant County who deeply appreciates Arkansas history. Welcome to Little Rock Roy!

In 2010 members of our Roundtable contributed $1000 to the Civil War Trust, gaining recognition as a Color Bearer. This past year our giving was somewhat less, but we have been invited to attend several events during the year.

March 2-4 Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Reception at the Bavarian Inn on Friday evening with keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Clemens. Tour Antietam on Saturday; and on Sunday morning, tour the Battle of Shepherdstown. Reservations required by calling Bonnie Repasi at 800-298-7878, ext 7229

June 7-10 – Annual Conference – Clash for the Capital: Richmond and the Seven Days Battles

Tours to include are: Battle of Gaines’ Mill, Battle of Glendale, Battle of Malvern Hill, and optional tours of historic homes and gardens. Invited speakers include: Garry Adelman, Ed Bearss, and Robert Krick.  Cost is $595 plus lodging.

September 21-23 – Grand Review in Williamsburg, VA

Special invitation which will focus on the Battle of the Ironclads and the Peninsula Campaign. Historians Craig Symonds and Robert Krick will lead tours. Call Bonnie for details.

Preservation of Hallowed Grounds

The Civil War Trust is striving to preserve 121 vital acres at Perryville in Kentucky. Last year the Trust helped to save a 141 – acre tract. Today, we can close on this additional land.

Jim Lighthizer, Presidents states: “Fighting on this hallowed ground reached a crescendo late in the day, October 8, 1862.  As Union defenders fought for every inch of ground, Confederates relentlessly attacked up the hill toward the key Dixville Crossroads. Soldiers who were there recalled the fighting here as ferocious as any combat on the entire Perryville battlefield, and for some, it was the bloodiest fighting of the entire war.  Confederate generals including Patrick Cleburne advanced over this key ground and were driven back.  Told by Confederate Major General William Hardee to “go where the fire is hottest,” Brigadier General St. John Lidell moved out with his brigade of Arkansas, recalling, “ I looked around the hottest place. It seemed to be everywhere.”

The cost of this campaign is $ 513,800. Go to www.civilwar.org to make a donation.

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

Friday 10:30 Kick-Off Event Bentonville, Arkansas Square Re-enactment of Bentonville 1862 confrontation between Union and Confederate Armies

7:00 p.m. Songs and Stories of the Civil War – Bobby Horton Concert at the Northwest Arkansas Community College, Shewmaker Center, in Bentonville

Saturday at Pea Ridge National Military Park

1:00 Commemoration Ceremony at Visitor Center

2:00 US 25th Missouri Program and Hike at Elkhorn Tavern

2:30 Battle Flags of Pea Ridge Program at Visitor Center

10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:30 pm-  US Inf Demonstration at Elkhorn Tavern

10:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm US Cavalry Program at Foster’s Field

10:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 US Artillery Demonstration at Cox’s Field

10:00 am, 12:00 pm CSA Infantry Demonstration at Leetown

11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 4:00pm CSA 3rd Louisiana Program at Leetown

Sunday at Pea Ridge National Military Park

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm US Infantry Demonstration at Elkhorn Tavern

11:30 am, 1:30 pm, US Cavalry Program at Foster’s Field

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, CSA Infantry Demonstration at Leetown

10:00 am,  on going to 1:30 US Artillery Demonstration at Cox’s Field

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, interactive 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

Annual Meeting!

At our February 4th annual meeting of the Arkansas Civil War Trails Foundation, Inc, good discussion was held among the regional chairs. Some of this included the announcement of a Civil War Sesquicentennial Event with the National Parks Service which will be held in Fayetteville on August 9-11.  Noted historians William Davis, Gary Gallagher, and Dan Sutherland have been invited. Save the date – all are invited!

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has reminded us that there are several counties in the state that have not placed a marker within their county. Information about the Marker Program is located on their web site.

As a member and officer of this Foundation, your editor reminded other members that the State of Arkansas does not budget any dollars for battlefield preservation. We have several properties that are threatened and need financial support. These include Elkins Ferry, Prairie De Ann, in south Arkansas and Reed’s Bridge in Jacksonville.

I am asking each member and friend of our Roundtable to consider writing a hand written note to your state senator and representative asking for their support in approving funding next year. The fund could be called a Battlefield Preservation Fund. I have asked that a $200,000 minimum amount be funded each year. Dollars should be used to help preserve our historic buildings and battlefields. $200,000 is just a start. Other states use a matching grant process to support their efforts. Will you contact your legislators?

$5 billion is spent within Arkansas each year on heritage tourism. We also need to support these local groups who are doing so much! This past year, several members of our Roundtable made a contribution to Reed’s Bridge. Thank you! You too can support their efforts. Just send a check to Brain Brown and mark it “preservation”.

Membership dues

If you have not sent in your $20 dues for 2012, please do so. Your dollars help pay for the travel expenses for our out of town speakers and pay for any new wayside signs we need to purchase. Please mail your check to our Treasurer, Brian Brown.

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

Welcome New Member

Rev. Ted Jones from Hot Springs!

Book Raffle & Preservation Support

Your editor will bring a new book: Worthy of the Cause For Which They Fight, The Civil War Diary of Brigadier General Daniel Harris Reynolds, 1861-1865 to raffle off Tuesday. Published in 2011 and donated by the University of Arkansas Press, this book is part of “The Civil War in the West Series”. It is a must for those interested in Arkansas in the Civil War! Proceeds will support Battlefield Preservation in Arkansas. Bring extra dollars with your Tuesday!

Civil War Roundtable Speakers 2012

  • January – Mark Kalkbrenner – Pine Bluff in the Civil War
  • February – Roy Wilson of Sheridan – The Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry
  • March – Dr. Daniel Littlefield – Sequoyah Research Center at UALR, Role of Native American Indians in the Civil War
  • April –  George Lankford of Batesville Army of the Southwest in Batesville
  • May – Dr. Roger Pauley, History Professor at UCA – Armies of the Western and Eastern Theater and Their Differences
  • June –
  • July – Mark Christ –Community Outreach Director, Department of Arkansas Heritage – topic TBA
  • August
  • September – Dr. Bill Shea -History Professor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello –  Frederick Steele: The Man Who Conquered Arkansas
  • October
  • November

Thanks go out to Cpt Mark Kalkbrenner and his program last month.

We hope to see you Tuesday night with Roy Wilson!

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