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



“The Seven Most Important Shots Fired in the Civil War”


Dr. Paul Haynie


Join us Tuesday when Dr. Paul Haynie from Harding University brings an unusual program for us. If you were to compile a list of “important shots,” what would your list look like? Bring your list and compare it with Dr. Haynie’s.

Dr. Paul Haynie was born in Hot Springs, Ark, but grew up in Bossier City, La.  He graduated with his BA from then Harding College and then later with his Ph. D. in history from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  He taught briefly at Crowley’s Ridge College before moving to Harding University in 1990.  Dr. Haynie’s wife, Kayla, is a professor of English at Harding.  They have two children, a daughter who teaches art at Hazen High School and a son who works with RVs in Sherwood.

In 1991, Dr. Haynie founded, with the aid of the late Jerry Russell, the White County Civil War Round Table. He has lectured nationally, and throughout Arkansas, about Civil War subjects, and has been published in the Blue and the Grey magazine.  In 2006, Dr. Haynie was a commentator on Arkansas Civil War history for the History Channel series “The States.”

Dr. and Mrs. Haynie have traveled extensively visiting Civil War battlefields and associated sites. Join us Tuesday when Dr. Haynie presents this unusual topic. What shots would you place on your list? Come and compare your list with Dr. Haynie’s.


For the past 2 years, individuals from our Roundtable have supported the Civil War Trust financially. By our gifts our Roundtable has supported various preservation efforts. In recent years the Trust has returned funds to purchase hallowed ground at Prairie Grove and Devils Backbone. Recently, the Trust has assisted Helena in their preservation efforts. To date, the Trust has preserved more that 35,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.


Will you consider making a gift of $100, $50, or $25 to the Trust? You editor will collect all gifts and forward them as a group. If you plan on attending our meeting Tuesday, just bring your check then. If not, you may mail it to your editor:


Make you check out to: Civil War Trust

Mail your check to: Rick Meadows, 3040 Campground Rd, Cabot, AR 72023

Thank you for your support!


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.




Scheduled speakers are:

Edwin Bearss, Parker Hills, Timoth Smith, and Terrence Winschel.





Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Update


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. Speakers and Topics include:

9:30 Alan Thompson – The Battle of Prairie Grove. Thompson is the registrar at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.

10:45 Mark Christ – The Little Rock Campaign. Christ is the Community Outreach Director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

1:00 Tom Ezell – Freemasonry during the Civil War. Ezell is a local historian from Scott and Civil War re-enactor.

2:00 Dr. Jamie Brandon, Civil War Archeology in Arkansas. Dr. Brandon is with The University of Southern Arkansas.

For additional information contact Jack Danielson at 501-985-3670.


Thursday, May 16  – Old State House Museum in Little Rock

Brown Bag luncheon with Mark Christ

On April 6, 1863, Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas came to Helena to announce plans to recruit former slaves as fighting men in the U.S. Army.  The results of Thomas’ action had profound effects on the American Civil War as Union ranks swelled. Christ will discuss over lunch the details of his plan. Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Drinks are provided. For more information call 501-324-9685.





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




2013 National Underground Railroad Conference The War for Freedom:
The Underground Railroad During the Civil War

June 19-22, 2013  DoubleTree Hotel | Little Rock, Arkansas

This year’s Conference will focus on the Underground Railroad during the Civil

War, exploring resistance to enslavement through escape and flight during this tumultuous period of the nation’s history. As the battle over whether the nation should

accept or abolish slavery waged on, people continued to fight against the institution of

slavery. The Underground Railroad continued to play an important role, as shown by

the continual enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act during the war. It was not until

the 13th Amendment eliminated “slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime” that the need for the Underground Railroad ultimately ended. Included in the Conference are 2 Tours:of the Emancipation Proclamation and

Wednesday, June 19  8:30 am-5:00 pm Tour 1, Fighting for Freedom, trip to Camden Saturday, June 22 8:00 am-9:00 pm  Tour, The Arkansas Delta & Helena For additional information contact http://www.nps.gov/ugrr



Nearby Events


The Battle of Champion Hill Reenactment will be held on May 18 – Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great grandson on Confederate president Jefferson Davis, is the featured speaker.


Vicksburg National Military Park Sesquicentennial State Memorial Days on April 30 –

May 28.  Governors of each state that participated in the Campaign and siege of Vicksburg will read a proclamation or letter to honor the soldiers and marines who fought in the campaign.  A wreath will be placed at each memorial as well.

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 Skirmish at Paroquett Bluff


July – Joseph Heron – Park Ranger at Arkansas Post  – After the Battle


August  – Open


September – Aaron Barnhart – Author from Kansas City – The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region


October – Josh Williams – Curator at Old Washington State Park – Old Washington in the War


November – Open

At our meeting Tuesday, we will hear an update on our Sesquicentennial Marker that Roundtable will purchase depicting Fort Steele near the campus of Philander Smith College in Little Rock. Thank you to Brian Brown and Don Hamilton for your hard work!


Thank you to Dr. Lorien Foote last month on such a great program about the Federals who escaped captivity in South Carolina. We are looking forward to hearing Dr. Haynie and his “famous shots.”


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