Our 48th Year
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, September 25, 2012

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


“Major Cush’s Civil War:
William Minor Quesenbury on the Western Frontier”
Dr. Michael Dougan

Join us Tuesday night when our good friend Dr. Michael Dougan joins us for a night of whit. Dr. Dougan will entertain us with the life of William Minor “Cush” Quesenbury. Most non Arkies probably have never heard of Quesenbury. However, historians who are familiar with all of his accomplishments, “rank him as one of the most prolific and creative individuals Arkansas ever produced.”

Quesenbury was born in 1822 in Crawford County while Arkansas was a territory. During his early life he wrote essays about “The Upper Creeks” and “The Lower Creeks”. He began writing for the local newspapers in Van Buren where he became friends with Albert Pike. During the Mexican War in 1846 he joined the Arkansas Regiment that was led by Colonel Archibald Yell. During the outbreak of the Civil
War he joined Pike and served as major in the commissary department. Quesenbury was an excellent writer of poetry. Your editor is certain that Dr. Dougan will portray Quesenbury in a favorable light. In case you can not attend Tuesday, additional  information can be seen at

The Civil War Trust has announced the dates for next years Civil War Teacher Institute which will be held at Gettysburg, PA July 25-26, 2013. Please consider passing this information to your local school. “The Teacher Institute grants educators the opportunity to take historian led tours, engage in workshops, and discover a community of passionate, like-minded teachers, effectively enriching the classroom experience for students. Educators or their schools districts must pay for lodging and transportation to the event, however, the Civil War Trust offers a limited number of scholarships for first time attendees” says Mary Koik of The Civil War Trust.

For the second year there will also be a Regional Teacher Institute.  There are 2 dates and locations  for the regional events: January 12-13, 2013 at Antietam, MD and April 20-21, 2013 at Petersburg, VA. For additional information visitwww.civilwar.org<http://www.civilwar.org/> or call Mary Koik at 202-367-1861 ext 7231. Wouldn’t it be great if we had several history teachers from Arkansas in attendance?
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Update

October 4, 2012 – The White River Regional Library in Batesville will present: Making Sense of the Civil War. Dr. George Lankford will lead the discussion. The program is free and will run from 7:00 to 8:30. Dr. Lankford gave a talk to our Roundtable earlier in the year. The library is located at 368 E. Main Street.
For additional information, call 870-793-8814.

Also on October 4, 2012 –  Henderson State University in Arkadelphia will host a lecture by Dr. Angela Boswell titled “Southern Women and the Civil War.” Dr. Boswell is a Professor of History at Henderson State. The lecture will be held at 7:00 P.M. in Caplinger Airway Science Center Lecture Hall.
For additional information call 870-303-5000 or visit www.hsu.edu<http://www.hsu.edu/>.

November 3 – 4, 2012 – Civil War Weekend at Historic Washington State Park
We will interpret the yearly years of the Civil War in Arkansas. Living historians and re-enactors will depict and demonstrate events of the day. Tours of many of the historic homes and surrey rides will be available. Call 870-983-2684 for additional information or visit: HistoricWashington@arkansas.com<mailto:HistoricWashington@arkansas.com>

December 1 -2, 2012 – 150th Anniversary Battle of Prairie Grove
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

The park will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The original battle, fought on December 7, 1862, saw about 22,000 soldiers fighting most of the day, with about 2,700 killed, wounded, or missing. Every even-numbered year, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park hosts a battle reenactment. During the weekend there will be many lead and self-guided activities including tours through the Union, Confederate, and civilian camps, various military drills, cooking, spinning, and lace making demonstrations along with other living history programs. “Sutlers Row” features a number of vendors selling 19th century reproduction, books, and souvenirs. The battle demonstration begins at 1 p.m. each day, featuring charges and counterattacks by Union and Confederate infantry and cavalry. The reenactment is held on the actual battlefield near the historic Borden House. Contact the park (closer to event time) for a detailed schedule. Call 479-846-2990 or contact holly.houser@arkansas.gov<mailto:holly.houser@arkansas.gov>.

January 20-21, 2013 Arkansas Post National Memorial near Gillett, AR

Joe Herron, Park Ranger at Arkansas Post recently gave your editor a personal tour of the park. Pictured to the left is a cannon which is located near the Confederate entrenchments that protected Fort Hindman.

Mark your calendar to join us in the 150th observance of this battle.

Civil War Gun and Artifact Show                                         Shoppach House, Benton, AR                                         Saturday, September 22

Eddie Landreth invites the public to attend the annual event this Saturday, September 22. “This is a great opportunity to be able to walk through the grounds and see re-enactors from the Sons of Confederate Veterans with their tents pitched and weapons stacked.  Small arms drill and cannon firing demonstrations will happen on the hour and half-hour.  The church (Pilgrims Rest) will be filled with pistols, rifles, buttons, knives, swords and sabers from the War Between The States.  Some of the artifacts that will be on display were found at Helena and Jenkins Ferry.  The Shoppach House, Pilgrims Rest Church and DeToni Post Office will all be open for tours on Saturday.”

Federal officers used the Shoppach House as quarters after Little Rock fell on September 10, 1863. The House is located on 503 N. Main in downtown Benton

Civil War Bullets from Rick
(For those troops who will be on furlough and able to travel out of state)

*   October 5-7, Battle of Perryville, KY Re-enactment and living history camps
*   October 26-27, Annual Stones River Civil War Symposium in Murfreesboro, TN
*   October 26-27, Battle of Island Mound, MO Missouri’s newest state historic site. Dedication of interpretive panels honoring First Kansas Colored Vol Inf Reg who fought in battle on October 29, 1862
*   November 3-4, 148th Battle of Johnsonville, TN

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 Jerry Potter and his program last month on the Sultana. We hope to see you Tuesday night with Michal Dougan!

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