Our 47th Year
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Little Rock
Program at 7 p.m.

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Rick Meadows, Editor

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Dr. Roger Pauly


A Tale of Two Armies:

The Army of the Potomac vs. The Army of the Tennessee

Join us Tuesday night when Dr. Roger Pauly brings our program about two opposing armies. Pauly is an Associate Professor of History and Assistant Chair at the University of Central Arkansas.  He earned his graduate degrees at Villanova University in Philadelphia and the University of Delaware. He has published five books, the most notable being Firearms: The Lifestory of a Technology published by Johns Hopkins in 2008. This text was used as the basis of the first episode of the PBS television series, Ground War which premiered in May of 2010.  He appeared as a commentator on that particular program and more recently on the CSPAN television network. His most recent work was completed in 2011 and is titled: Historic Faulkner County an Illustrated History. His talk Tuesday will center on the differences between the Eastern and Western Armies in the Civil War. Welcome Dr. Pauly!

Old State House Museum Little Rock

May 4, 2012 to February 1, 2013

The Old State House Museum hosts its second exhibit to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War

May 4, 2012 to February 1, 2013.

Battle Colors of Arkansas

will show visitors the varied roles Arkansans served in the Civil War.

The Old State House Museum maintains a large collection of Arkansas related Civil War artifacts, Blue and Gray.  The most prominent of these is the museum’s collection of Civil War battle flags, which will be the focus of Battle Colors of Arkansas. Flags are powerful symbols, ones that unite and give meaning to those who would fight under their banner.  Many rare and unique flags are on display.

Five flags bear the First National Confederate pattern, the first battle flag pattern to fly over the heads of Arkansas soldiers. Battle Colors of Arkansas also features Hardee pattern flags, which were carried by General Patrick Cleburne’s division.  With its pale full moon on a field of blue, the Hardee pattern is perhaps the most iconic battle flag pattern of the Western Confederacy.

Two newly acquired flags will be shown to the public for the first time in Battle Colors of Arkansas, a result of conservation efforts supported by a Save America’s Treasure’s Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and private donations.  One flag is linked to an Arkansas regiment that participated in every major battle west of the Mississippi River in which the Army of Tennessee was involved.  The other represents an Arkansas artillery unit that fought at Pea ridge and was captured at the Battle of Arkansas Post.

All of the flags in the Old State House Museum’s collection are representative of the bravery of the men that bore them in the heat of battle.  Some of these banners were captured by Union troops after Arkansas soldiers gave their lives to protect their flags.  A flag of war is always much more that the cloth from which it was made. Thank you to Jo Ellen Mack and Dr. Bill Gurley for their efforts on this project. Your roundtable made a small contribution to the preservation efforts on two of the flags. Thanks also for the Old State House Museum for this printed announcement.

Colonel Albert Rust is making headlines again!

Why Don’t He Attack?

Mercer University Press published

I Will Give Them One More Shot in 2010. This is an account of the 1st Regiment of Georgia Volunteers, which served in the Army of Northern Virginia early in the war. For a time this unit was attached with the Third Arkansas and Albert Rust. This work has references to the action at Cheat Mountain in West Virginia which occurred September 12-15, 1861.

The 1st Georgia was formed in Macon and was commanded by Colonel James N. Ramsey. It mustered out of service in March 1862.

Rust has been criticized for his actions. “The plan was for Colonel Rust to launch his attack early on the morning of the 12th.  The sounds of his assault would be the signal for the rest of the brigades to move forward.  Throughout the day they waited… and waited.  Ears strained for sounds of attack.  But there was none. ‘What has become of Rust…. Why don’t he attack?’” recalled Major A. L. Long of Loring’s staff. (Page 140)

Thanks to Carol Frederick of Cabot who has been gracious to allow your editor to read her copy of this unit history.

The Civil War Battlefield Guide describes the event in greater detail. “Col Albert Rust was to begin the action by assaulting Cheat Summit Fort on the east side of Cheat Mountain.  Despite the bad weather and a rugged march through the wilderness, Rust arrived undetected on the turnpike near the fort on September 12.  He lost the element of surprise, however, when he blundered into Federal wagons one half mile from the fort.  He was deterred by a small reconnaissance force led by US Colonel Nathan Kimball of the 14th Indiana and decided not to attack and returned to camp.  General Robert E. Lee called off the attack after three days of skirmishing.” (pg 10)

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Update

Civil War Symposium – August 9-12 – Fayetteville, AR

An Empire in Extent: the Civil War West of the Mississippi

We are so fortunate to have this outstanding symposium later in the summer! Mark your calendars for this must attend event!

The seminar will be held at the University of Arkansas Global Campus in Fayetteville and is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Tommy Dupree, chair of the commission stated “Topics will include the vital issues that were at stake and the Civil War experiences of people living west of the Mississippi River, including Arkansas.  National known scholars from across the country will offer presentations on the war, life on the home front, and the experiences of the diverse peoples of the Trans-Mississippi.  In addition, historians will discuss the legacy of the Civil War west of the Mississippi and its meaning today.  The symposium also will include guided tours to Pea Ridge National Military Park and Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.”

Scheduled Speakers include:

  • Dwight T. Pitcaithley, professor at New Mexico State University and former National Park Service chief historian
  • Ernesto Chavez, professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso
  • Steven E. Woodworth, professor of history at Texas Christian University
  • Daniel Sutherland, distinguished professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • Jerry Thompson, regents professor at Texas A&M International University
  • Wilma King, Strickland professor in African American history and culture at the University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Bradley R. Clampitt, assistant professor of history at East Central University
  • Elliot West, distinguished professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • Linda Reed, associate professor at the University of Houston
  • William C. Davis, professor of history at Virginia Tech
  • Mary Jane Warde, independent historian.

Registration for the conference is $25, and conference registration information and a full agenda are available at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/symposium/ .

For more information on sesquicentennial plans, visit  http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/ or e-mail acwsc@arkansasheritage.org .

Jim Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust sent our Roundtable this request:

“In 2009, the Civil War Trust worked to save 85 prime acres of the Chancellorsville Battlefield — land associated with Stonewall Jackson’s famed Flank Attack on May 2, 1863.

Now we have a brand new opportunity to save an additional 14 acres of this threatened battlefield. This new tract not only sits squarely in the middle of Jackson’s attack route, but it also contains significant road frontages on the Orange Plank Road and Orange Turnpike (Route 3).

Working with our preservation partners, the Civil War Trust must raise $95,000 to help save this historic property. I hope you agree with us that this is “must have” battlefield land within the heart of one of America’s most historic and endangered Civil War battlefields.

Join us as we work to save this 14-acre tract at Chancellorsville:

Thanks to our partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, American Battlefield Protection Program, and the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust, every dollar donated will be matched $5 to $1.

Last year your editor toured this Hallowed Ground! Hopefully the State of Arkansas will become proactive in preserving the historic places, battlefields, and buildings that were affected by the Civil War.

Civil War Bullets from Rick

  • Our friends for The Civil War Roundtable of New Orleans, Inc. remind us of their 26th Annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium entitled: Lee’s Generals.  The event will be held June 1-2, 2012 at the War Memorial Student Union at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
  • July 18 – Ed Bearss, retired Chief Historian of the National Park Service, will speak to the Clarksville, TN Civil War Roundtable. Contact our friend, Greg Biggs at biggsg@charter.net for details. If you are heading east this summer, make this a stop on your trip.

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 Pauly, History Professor at UCA – Armies of the Western and Eastern Theater and Their Differences
  • June – Mark Christ –Community Outreach Director, Department of Arkansas Heritage – The Battle of Pine Bluff
  • July – TBA
  • August Jerry Potter Attorney from Memphis, The Sultana
  • September – Dr. Bill Shea -History Professor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello –  Samuel Curtis: The Man Who Conquered Arkansas
  • October – Dave Bastain from Maryland – Grant’s Canal: the Unions’ Attempt to  Bypass Vicksburg
  • November – Dr. Bill Gurley – Professor at UAMS – Arkansas at Shiloh

Thanks go out to George Lankford and his program last month on Batesville in the Civil War. We hope to see you Tuesday night with Dr. Pauly!

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