Our 49th 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



“Trails of Blood: Escaping the Confederacy”


Dr. Lorien Foote 


Lorien Foote, History Professor at The University of Central Arkansas returns to our Roundtable Tuesday. Her presentation will be based on her recent research on Union soldiers who escaped in the back country of South Carolina during the war. Foote is a native of Oklahoma. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma.

Foote was among the seven finalists competing for the 2011 Lincoln Prize. The Lincoln Prize was co-founded in 1990 by businessmen and philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman, co-chairmen of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York and co-creators of the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the largest private archives of documents and artifacts in the nation, according to a release from the Institute. The Institute is devoted to history education, supporting history theme schools, teacher training, digital archives, curriculum development, exhibitions and publications, and the national History Teacher of the Year Award program.



Foote’s book, “The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor, and Manhood in the Union Army” (New York University Press) received Honorable Mention. The book explores persistent tensions and overt conflicts within the Union army over notions of “manliness” and “honor.”

The Lincoln Prize is awarded annually for scholarly work on Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War soldier or a subject related to the Civil War era. The winner receives a $50,000 prize.

“I am honored and thrilled to be a finalist and Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize.  It is the most prestigious prize in my field of history and to be a finalist is considered a major award in and of itself,” Foote said. “It is recognition that my book makes a significant and original contribution to our understanding of the Civil War.”

The three-member 2011 Lincoln Prize jury considered 106 titles for the award before recommending the finalists to the Lincoln Prize Board which makes the final decision.  Past Lincoln Prize winners include Ken Burns in 1991 for his documentary, “The Civil War.”

Foote’s book examines the conflict with the Union army over ideals of manhood — whether men needed to be moral, have honor, be genteel, or display strength and aggressiveness. Thank you to UCA and their contribution for this information.

For the complete article, visit: Campus News, Press Room, University Relations on February 16, 2011

Foote is the author of several works:

Seeking One Great Remedy: Francis George Shaw & Nineteenth Century Reform published in 2003

The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor, and Manhood in the Union Army published in 2010

Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed the Course of the Civil War (Book review) An article from: Journal of Southern History 2010.

Brian Brown from our Roundtable was originally scheduled to be our speaker. When your editor learned that Foote has agreed to accept a position at Texas A&M and would be leaving Arkansas, I knew we just had to hear her before her move. Thank you Brian and thank you Lorien for your flexibility.  Join us Tuesday as we say good bye to Lorien.

Fort Steele Sesquicentennial Historical Marker 

During our meeting Tuesday, we will hear about the progress on the marker that will depict the location and importance of Fort Steele. With the financial support of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, our Roundtable has agreed to purchase this marker. The fort was constructed in Little Rock during the occupation of Federal forces during the war. A.F. Sperry writes, in the History of the 33d Iowa Infantry Volunteer Regiment 1863-6, “Private Newman, John Shepherd’s best friend in Company I, remembered Fort Steele as a “huge mound of earth.” The work stood just south of Little Rock’s Mount Holly Cemetery and guarded the southwestern approaches to the city.” (Page 274, note 10). Brain Brown has researched maps that locate the fort. Mark Christ, Community Outreach Director with the Arkansas Department of Historic Preservation has located newspaper articles in the 1920’s that describe the fort. This should be interesting discussion for all.


Park Day 2013 is scheduled for April 6. Since 1996 the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small.  Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs. This annual event is sponsored by the Civil War Trust and History.


Annual Civil War Trust Conference

Jackson, Mississippi – Wednesday, May 29 – Sunday, June 2, 2013

Online Registration: After January 31st the fee is $565.
Registration by Phone or Mail: After January 31st the fee is $575.

Join Civil War Trust members and staff, along with some of the nation’s elite historians for four days of camaraderie and Civil War touring at some of America’s great Civil War battlefields in Mississippi. Feel free to invite friends and family to attend; anyone is welcome to register.

Conference Registration Fee for Unvexed to the Sea: The Vicksburg Campaign includes:  Tours, Tour guides, Coaches, Conference program, Name tags, breakfast, lunch, a reception, and a Saturday banquet,… And more!

In May and June of 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s armies converged on Vicksburg, engaging the city and entrapping a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton. On July 4, Vicksburg surrendered after prolonged siege operations. Described as the “spinal column of America” and “the nail head that held the South’s two halves together,” Vicksburg remains one of the most significant battles of the Civil War because of its strategic geographical importance. This heavy-walking battlefield tour will take participants over the rolling hills and deep ravines of this strategic location, while detailing troop movements, long-term ramifications and immediate consequences of the siege.

  • If you have questions,
    please contact Bonnie Repasi at 800-298-7878, ext. 7229 or brepasi@civilwar.org

The Battle of Raymond was fought on May 12, 1863, as Maj. Gen. Ulysses Grant’s Army of the Tennessee swung toward the Southern Railroad of Mississippi to cut off Confederate General John Pemberton’s Army of Vicksburg from reinforcing troops. For 137 years after the battle, the farmlands of the battlefield remained largely undisturbed, with the only battlefield interpretation being a weathered 7-line roadside state historical marker. Then, in 1998, the citizens of Raymond formed Friends of Raymond to preserve and interpret the history of the Raymond area. With the help of the Civil War Trust, 40 acres were purchased, and now 136 acres have been permanently protected. Still, there remains the task of interpretation of the battlefield actions. Unlike most of the national military parks which were established at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, in modern times there remain no veterans to provide eyewitness accounts. Friends of Raymond had only the written reports, which, while detailed enough to interpret the general actions, fell far short of describing anything but approximate locations on the ground. So, where to place the cannons and the interpretive markers? The answer was in the axiom, “history turns the pages and archaeology turns the ground.” The ground, complemented by the records and documents, had a historical archaeology story to tell. This tour will read the story through a moderate amount of walking on the battlefield, and will include a visit to the new Raymond artifact collection.



Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Update

April 11 – 13Arkansas Historical Association Annual Conference                       “Claiming Freedom” This event will be held in Helena-West Helena.

For detail of the speakers, workshops, and tours visit www.arkansashistoricalassociation.org or call 479-575-5844

April 18-20, 2013 150th Battle of Fayetteville                                                             April 18 – Lecture by Kim Allen Scott                                                                             April 19 – Candlelight tour of Headquarters House Ground 6-9 PM,                              April 20 – 10 AM – 4:00 PM Come to the Headquarters House at 118 Dickson St for the commemoration. For additional information contact Tess Kidd at 479-521-2970

April 27 – 3rd Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest, DeValls Bluff                            From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Prairie County Community Center. Event includes activities for the kids including a 2 ½ story rock climbing wall. Other events include cannon and musket firing demonstrations, period games, and living historians with re-enactors.  Miss Fort Lincoln Pageant will be held on April 6. There will also be a Freedom Fest Ball on April 20 at 5:00. Period dancing and dinner for $25. For additional information call Stacy Sawyer at 870-659-5652.

May 4 – Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society presents a Civil War Symposium. Four speakers will make presentations from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History. The museum is located at 100 Veterans Circle in Jacksonville. For additional information contact Jack Danielson at 501-985-3670.

June 19 – National Underground Railroad Conference at the Double Tree Hotel in Little Rock.  Details to follow


August 31 – 150th Anniversary of the Marmaduke-Walker Duel at the

Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott. Duel between two Confederate Brigadier Generals days before Little Rock fell to Federal forces in September 1863. This event will guide spectators through the decisions that caused the duel, tension that began at the Battle of Helena on July 4 and continued at Reed’s Bridge.

For additional information contact Linda.Goza@arkansas.gov


September 6-8 Re-enactment at Reed’s Bridge in Jacksonville


For a list of all events visit: www.arkansascivilwar150.com

Portraits in Gray

William F. Laman Public Library

2801 Orange St N. Little Rock

A Civil War Photography Exhibition

(March 29 – June 15)

     Discover the human face of the Civil War through Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition featuring the Collection of David Wynn Vaughan, a traveling exhibit presented by the Southern Museum, Kennesaw, Georgia. Through high quality enlarged reproductions of the original photographs in Vaughan’s collection, this exhibit provides visitors with both an educational and an emotional experience. Portraits in Gray also illustrates the importance of the photographers and photographs of the period.


Civil War Roundtable Speakers 2013


  • January – William Shea – History Professor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello – Samuel Curtis: The Man Who Conquered Arkansas
  • February – Stuart Towns – Retired professor and author from Forrest City –

Enduring Legacy: Rhetoric and Ritual of the Lost Cause

  • March – Lorien Foote – History Professor at the University of Central Arkansas – Trails of Blood: Escaping the Confederacy
  • April – Dr. Paul Haynie – History Professor at Harding University –                            7 Most Important Shots Fired in the Civil War.
  • May – Brain Brown – Local historian – The Saps at the Battle of Vicksburg
  • June – Mark Christ – Community Outreach Director, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program –          Skirmish at Paroquet Bluff 


Following our program last month with Dr. Stuart Towns on the Lost Cause, newspapers and TV stations in Memphis have reported on the removing of Confederate memory of all history. Forest and Confederate Parks have been renamed. As your editor I would have asked the leaders of Memphis to make a road trip to Helena to view the Preservation Plan that its leaders have supported and are now implementing.


I have included 2 photos that I took on the recent dedication of Freedmen’s Park. One photo is of a kiosk of slaves (Lakeport Plantation is in rear). The other photo is of Ronnie Nicholas, of Maryland and a Black re-enactment group addressing the crowd of 150 at the event. Nichols told of the sacrifice of blacks in Helena between July 1862 and July 1863. 25 to 30 slaves died each day to poor living conditions. Two Regiments of African Decent were raised and fought during the Battle of Helena. Earthworks manned by these soldiers have been reconstructed at the Park. Black and white together in Helena have joined hands to bring tourism to their city. They are keeping history alive.


Thank you Dr. Towns for your moving program last month. We hope to see each of you with Dr. Foote Tuesday as we keep history alive, now 49 years and counting!



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