Jenkins Ferry Discussion

November 29, 2012
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MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History to host discussion on Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry

Little Rock, AR, November 26, 2012 – On Saturday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m., the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, located within historic MacArthur Park, will host a free lecture and discussion about the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, Arkansas, which took place on April 29-30, 1864, with guest speaker, author Joe Walker.

Walker, who has recently written a book on the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry entitled, Harvest of Death: The Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, Arkansas will be on-hand to lead the lecture and discussion on the battle, as well as to answer any questions. Mr. Walker will also have copies of his book for sale, and will be available to sign copies of his book for anyone who would so desire.

Jenkins’ Ferry was a battle fought during the Camden Expedition, which was a failed attempt by the United States army to march from Little Rock with the intention of capturing Shreveport, Louisiana, then the provisional capital of the Confederacy west of the Mississippi River. Plagued with overwhelming difficulties from the start, the Union army narrowly escaped complete annihilation at Jenkins’ Ferry. The Camden Expedition would begin and end on the grounds of the U.S. arsenal, now known as MacArthur Park.

Mr. Joe Walker is a native of Grant County, Arkansas, growing up just a few miles north of the Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield. He is a founding member of the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry Chapter of the Military Order of Stars and Bars as well as a founding member of the Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield. His ancestor, Private John McLain, fought with the 33rd Arkansas Confederate Infantry during several clashes across Southern Arkansas. Walker resides with his wife and children in Central Arkansas.

The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History relates the military heritage of Arkansas and its citizens to a diverse and widespread audience. Located in the historic Arsenal Building in MacArthur Park–one of Central Arkansas’s oldest surviving structures and the birthplace of one of this country’s foremost military heroes–the museum collects, preserves, and interprets our state’s rich military past from its territorial period to the present.

For more information, please contact Nic Clark, Museum Program Assistant, at nclark@littlerock.org, or by phone Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at (501) 376-4602.

For more information on author Joe Walker, please visit his website at 1864arkansas.com

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