Our 48th 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


“The Sultana”


Jerry Potter

Please join us Tuesday night when Jerry Potter from Memphis brings our program. Potter received his B.S. from The University of Tennessee at Martin in 1973 and his J.D. form the University of Memphis in 1975. Potter serves as Vice President of The Hardison Law Firm, P.C. He practices in Medical, Dental, Hospital, and Nursing Home litigation. He is admitted to practice in many courts including all Appellate Courts in Tennessee and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court

Paroled Union soldiers boarded the Sultana at Vicksburg for the long trip home stopping at Helena where this photo was taken.  Seven miles north of Memphis, disaster struck.

In Potter’s article for Blue and Grey he writes: “The Sultana arrived in Memphis at 6:30 p.m. on April 26, 1865. On this same day, Confederate Gen. Joe Johnston surrendered his army to William T. Sherman in North Carolina. The Sultana left Memphis about mid-night.” There were on board 2100 soldiers by one account. In addition, 100 citizens passengers, and a crew of about 80 were included in the tragedy. Pelican Publishing Company published his work The Sultana Tragedy in 1992. The Blue and Grey Magazine published the Sultana Disaster in August 1990.

Potter has also written an article, “The First West Tennessee Raid of General Nathan Bedford Forrest” for the West Tennessee Historical Society in 1974. I hope you can join us Tuesday with Jerry Potter and his description of the naval disaster.

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Update

The Sesquicentennial Commission has approved an application for a Historical Marker at the Ten Mile House in Little Rock. The marker will discuss the Civil War events that happened there including the arrest of David O. Dodd, who was held overnight at the house and later hanged as a Confederate spy. The Highway Department has moved the Last Stand Monument to this site. J. Hooker and Greg Elliott are sponsoring the marker.

Saturday, September 8 – Scott Plantation Settlement

Lecture will be held in the Settlement Train Depot about the Skirmish at Ashley’s Mills that occurred on September 7, 1863. Following the skirmish, General Frederick Steele used the same grounds to bivouac the troops.

visit www.scottconnections.org for additional information.

On August 14 representatives of the Civil War Trust, the City of Petersburg, and the Commonwealth of Virginia came together to announce a partnership to protect and restore critical sites associated with the 1864-1865 Petersburg Campaign. Sean Connaughton, Secretary of Transportation from Virginia announced a grant of nearly $850,000. Part of the funds will purchase Cemetery Hill which was a Confederate stronghold from the time of the first Federal assault on June 18, 1864. The next attack came on July 30, 1864 during the Battle of the Crater.  Federal troops set off 8,000 pounds of black powder under the Confederate lines, causing an explosion that rained debris down on the armies for 10 minutes. Grant did not attack Cemetery Hill again until the final days of the siege.  It was abandoned during the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond on the night of April 2-3, 1865.

Funds will also help to restore the historic South Side Depot, built as a railroad station in 1854 and was used as an integral part of the Confederate supply lines during the siege of Petersburg.

Send your donations to The Civil War Trust,        PO Box 17686, Baltimore, MD 21298

Civil War Research

The Butler Center is a premier destination for Civil War research in Arkansas. Within the Butler Center’s vast Civil War holdings, researchers will find hundreds of letters, diaries, photographs, and other primary materials related to Arkansas’s involvement in the war. In addition, the Butler Center also holds an extensive collection of secondary sources and subscribes to a number of online databases, which provide easily accessible and up-to-date information.

If you are interested in the Civil War in Arkansas, you will want to visit us, as well as our partner institution in the Arkansas Studies Institute, the UALR Archives, which also has remarkable collections of Civil War materials.

About the Digital Collections

The Butler Center provides online access to selected portions of our collections. These featured collections represent a dynamic sampling of Arkansas history. Included are audio/video clips, digital images of photographs, letters, and other documents as well as educational resources such as lesson plans.

Researchers may also view searchable inventories of our manuscript collection holdings. To access the full range of our resources, we invite you to visit our research room in the Arkansas Studies Institute. Courtesy the Butler Center

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 – Alan Thompson – General Dandridge McRae
  • August Jerry Potter Attorney from Memphis, The Sultana
  • September – Dr. Michael Dougan – Retired history professor at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro Major Cush’s Civil War: William Minor Quesenbury on the Western Frontier
  • October – Dave Bastain from Maryland – Grant’s Canal: the Unions’ Attempt to  Bypass Vicksburg
  • November – David Casto, Charles O. Durnett Award winner –The 8th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry and a forgotten skirmish near Augusta.”

Thanks go out to Alan Thompson and his program last month. We hope to see you Tuesday night with Jerry Potter!

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