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


Samuel Curtis: The Man Who Conquered Arkansas


William Shea

Join us Tuesday when Dr. William Shea, history professor at The University of Arkansas at Monticello, brings our program on General Samuel Curtis. For the past several years, Dr. Shea has blessed us with presentations which feature action and issues of the Trans Mississippi Theater of the war. Shea is the author of several books: The Campaign for Pea Ridge, Vicksburg is the Key, and most recently, Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign.

General Samuel R. Curtis (1805-1866)
Colonel in Mexican War
Civil War Assignments:

  • Colonel Second Iowa Infantry
  • Commander Southwest District of Missouri
  • Commander Department of Kansas

A West Point graduate in the class of 1831, Curtis participated in battles throughout the state. He won victory at Pea Ridge in 1862. Following the Federal victory, most Confederate troops and supplies were shipped across the Mississippi River to Shiloh.

Wishing to strike Little Rock from Missouri, lack of supplies, communication, and poor conditions, affected the Federal advance. Curtis was forced to halt his operations. Following the action at Whitney’s Lane near Searcy, Curtis divided his forces, placing units in Searcy and Jacksonport. Hoping to receive supplies from the Federal fleet in the lower White River, Curtis abandoned his base at Batesville. When low water at Clarendon prevented the fleet form supplying his army, Curtis struck out across northeast Arkansas for The RIVER, the Mississippi River at Helena. Federals began the occupation of Helena in July 1862. Fort Curtis along with four Batteries in Helena were constructed during the occupation. July 4th 1863 would see a major engagement.

Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society

Bicycle Tour on March 6, 2013

Bikers are to meet at the Jacksonville Military Museum at 10:00 a.m. for a long ride along part of the Little Rock Campaign Tour. The ride will take participants along the route the Union Army took to capture Little Rock. The ride will conclude in Lonoke at 5:00 p.m. The even is FREE. For additional information contact Jack Danielson

at 501-985-3670 or jbdan111@aol.com.

Patrick Cleburne Memorial Service in Helena

March 16, 2013: General Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Service and Statue Dedication in Helena, Arkansas. The memorial will take place in the historic Confederate Cemetery and the dedication to a life-size bronze statue of Cleburne will take place at the Phillips County Museum following the cemetery event.

War Chronicles II – Batesville, Arkansas

The Independence County Historical Society and the Batesville Community Theater will present War Chronicles II form February 1, 2013 to February 3, 2013. This is a reader’s theater performance which will be held at the Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College Batesville (UACCB) campus at 2005 White Drive in Batesville.

The performance will tell the story of this county’s Civil War, 1863-1864, as recorded in the diaries and letters of those who lived in Batesville during that time, both Union and Confederate sympathizers.  The author and director, Dr. George Lankford, Professor Emeritus at Lyon College in Batesville. Dr. Lankford spoke to our roundtable last April.

Production Times:

Friday, February 1, 2013        7:00 P.M.                                                                    Saturday, February 2, 2013     7:00 P.M.                                                                       Sunday, February 3, 2013       2:00 P.M.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children and seniors 65+                                                       For additional information contact: 1-800-508-7878 or www.knology.net.

Old State House – Brown Bag Lunch: Aaron Brooks and the 54th USCT                                                    February 5th at noon

This presentation describes the lives and experiences of former slaves, like Aaron Books, who fled cotton farms and plantation in Arkansas to join the 54th USCT, their wartime activities and challenges, and where they lived and worked in the years following the war. The event is free and open to the public. The presenter will be Kelly Houston Jones, who is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Arkansas and Assistant Editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly. For additional information call 501-324-8642.

Officers who will lead our Corps this Campaign

    President – Jan Sarna
    Vice President- Dick Brannon

    Secretary – Rick Meadows

    Treasurer – Brian Brown

    Web Master – Pris Weathers

    Newsletter Editor – Rick Meadows

    At Large Member of Board – Don Hamilton

    Publicity – Art Maune

The Civil War Trust has an incredible opportunity to save 3 different portions of the Gettysburg battlefield totaling 112 acres – the “forgotten flanks” of the Union and Confederate armies on July 3, 1863.

Battle of Gettysburg
South Cavalry Field
July 3, 1863

While the Confederates assaulted the Union center, Federal cavalry commander Gen. Alfred Pleasonton issued an ambiguous directive to his subordinate on the southern part of the field, Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick, with an order to strike the enemy “at the earliest opportunity,” launched a series of piecemeal mounted attacks against the Confederates astride the Emmitsburg Road and at the foot of Big Round Top.

West of the road, Gen. Wesley Merritt’s brigade met Georgians of Gen. George “Tige” Anderson’s brigade who, despite their blood-letting in Devil’s Den and the Wheatfield the day before, were able to parry Merritt’s thrust. Further to the East, one of Kilpatrick’s brigadiers, Gen. Elon Farnsworth, despaired at having to make a mounted charge against infantry over terrain broken by boulders and stone walls. Farnsworth’s charge was met by Alabamians and Texans of Hood’s division, who made quick work of repulsing the Federal horsemen. Among the casualties of Kilpatrick’s ill-conceived attack was Farnsworth himself.

Contact the Civil War Trust at www. Civilwar.org to donate.

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc
2013 Membership Dues

Membership dues for 2013 are to be paid now.  These monies help to pay for the transportation and lodging cost of our speakers.  Printing cost for our newsletter and brochures we have at various locations in Central Arkansas are also supported by your dues.  In addition, monies are used for the wayside signs for the Campaign for Little Rock that the CWRT of Arkansas purchases and maintains.

Additional monetary gifts that you make will be used for preservation efforts for Civil War battlefields and places of historical importance related to the Civil War.

2013 Membership Dues Statement

$20 per year, Please make checks payable to:

The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc

(Please disregard this notice if dues have already been paid)


Address                                               City                             State                Zip Code

Phone                                                  e-mail address

Membership dues………………………………….$20

Additional $$ for preservation……………………..

Total                                                                   _______

Mail to:

Brain Brown, Treasurer

The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc.

P.O. Box 25501

Little Rock, AR 72221

Or pay online at our website: www.civilwar buff.org

Questions: call Brian at 501-376-2981

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