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 


 “Skirmish at Paroquet Bluff”


Mark Christ


Each year Mark brings to our Roundtable a stirring talk. The past two years he has talked about the Spence Brothers of Arkadelphia and The Battle of Pine Bluff. Join us Tuesday as Mark discusses a little known engagement in Northeast Arkansas: Paraquet Bluff

Major General Samuel R. Curtis and the Army of the Southwest were marching across eastern Arkansas from Batesville to Helena. The Federals could not be resupplied in Batesville by the fleet coming up the White River. In addition, they had met opposition in Searcy at Whitney Lane in the spring. Needing to gain supplies for his troops, Curtis set in motion his army.

In July, 1862, a detachment of the Fifth Kansas Cavalry was travelling from Rolla, Missouri to join Curtis’s Army. As they crossed the Black River north of Jacksonport, they skirmished with a force of troopers of the Fifteenth Texas Cavalry. Join us Tuesday, as Mark details the action.

If Mark appears stooped over, it is because of the extra weight he is carrying. No, not in body weight but with his recent awards! The Central Arkansas Library System’s literary award, the 2013 Booker Worthen Literary Prize will be given to Mark for his book, Civil War Arkansas 1863. The award will be presented sometime in October.


The Civil War Trust

Preservation Award to Mark Christ!


News from the Annual Conference

Held in June in Jackson, Mississippi 

State Leadership Award: The Trust awarded the State Leadership Award to Mark Christ, community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Christ is the author of “Civil War Arkansas 1863.”  He also serves as a member of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission and as chairman of the board of directors for the Arkansas Humanities Council.

Congratulations Mark!

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.  To date, it has preserved more than 36,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.

Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


7th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium:

The Home Front 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

1914 School: 1:00 pm –8 pm

The 7th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium will take place on Saturday, July 27, at Historic Washington State Park. The conference topics will focus on the theme “The Home Front” in regards to the local civilian population of the Great Bend Region of the Red River during the Civil War. The event will take place at the 1914 Schoolhouse Auditorium of Historic Washington State Park.

Specific topics and speakers include: “The Home Front in the TransMississippi” and “The Civil War in Indian Territory” by Dr. Bradley R. Clampitt, Associate Professor of History at  East Central University at Ada, Oklahoma; “Civilian Reaction to the Red River Campaign” by Vicki Betts, Librarian at University of Texas at Tyler; “Washington, Arkansas on the Home Front” by Josh Williams, Curator at Historic Washington State Park; and “The Marshall, Texas Arsenal Excavation” by Dr. David Jurney, Professional Archeologist from Dover, Arkansas.

Beginning on July 26, an all day Friday and Saturday morning workshop for teachers on resources related to the theme of the Civil War Home Front in the Red River Region will take place. Lunch is included both days. A total of twelve credit hours will be available for teachers to earn by attending both days of the symposium. Cost for attending the workshop will be $40. Workshop presenters will include Historic Washington State Park staff, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission on landscapes during the Civil War in Arkansas; and staff from Economic Arkansas and the Federal Reserve Bank on Money during the Civil War. On Friday, an afternoon tour will be provided to the Dooley’s Ferry Archeological Dig on the Red River.

Cost for attendance to the symposium is $30 with an evening meal included. The timeframe for the event is 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. A discount price of $60 will be offered to teachers who wish to attend both the workshop and symposium. Teachers attending both the workshop and symposium will be eligible for twelve credit hours. Check in will begin in the morning at 8 a.m. at the 1874 Hempstead County Courthouse Visitor Center. Registration must be made by July 24 Contact 870-983-2684 to register.

Historic Washington State Park, a restoration village preserving one of Arkansas’ most prominent 19th century towns, is located on US 278 nine miles north of Hope and can be reached by taking Exit 30 off Interstate 30. For more information visit www.HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com or call (870)983-2684. 


The Plantation Agriculture Museum presents: 150th Anniversary of the Marmaduke-Walter Duel, August 31, 2013

CONTACT: Plantation Agriculture Museum
4815 Hwy 161 South, Scott, AR 72142
Ph: 501-961-1409  Linda.Goza@arkansas.gov

FREE and open to the public    The show times are 10 a.m.,  12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

This event will guide visitors and spectators through the biographics of the 2 generals, the circumstances leading up to their first encounter with one another and the situations causing their decision to duel to the death; as well as the duel itself and its aftermath.

The Marmaduke-Walker Duel was fought during the Civil War between Confederate brigadier generals John Sappington Marmaduke and Lucius Marshall (Marsh) Walker. Marmaduke was originally from Missouri and was the son of a former governor. Walker was originally from Kentucky and nephew of President James K. Polk. Both graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. They made their way to Arkansas during the war; Marmaduke was stationed there, while Walker was granted a transfer to Arkansas due to trouble with superiors.


Monday, July 22 — Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer Fun 2013! The Civil War in Arkansas
8:00 am — 12 noon, each day Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Old State House Museum – Summer Fun 2013!

Don’t want the kids to spend their entire summer vacation cooped up inside watching television or playing video games? Then enroll your child in our Summer Fun 2013 enrichment program. Designed for rising 4th – 10th graders, this year’s theme is the CIVIL WAR IN ARKANSAS. Students will meet a variety of characters representing both the military and home-front sides of the conflict and engage in hands-on activities. Some of the topics that will be addressed in this year’s class include: medicine, life of a soldier, music, espionage and secret codes, cooking, letter writing, knitting and games. For more information, contact the museum’s Education Department at (501) 324-8643 to make a reservation for your child today, or visit our Summer Fun webpage.

September 6, 2013 – September 8, 2013

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Reed’s Bridge


Friday September 6, 2013, will be the Education Day for children and seniors. Briefings for schools will begin at 11:00 with different stations of learning. There will be living history performances and re-enactors on site providing various programs. The students will be rotated through the sites so then can get an overall picture of life during the 1850’s and 1860’s. On Saturday, September 7th, there will be various vendors, displays, horses, farm animals and living history programs on site, as well as a soldier’s camp which models actual Civil War camps.

At 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, there will be a re-enactment of the charge of the First Iowa across Reed’s Bridge. Confederates under the leadership of General Marmaduke repulsed the attack.  This engagement was part of the Campaign of Little Rock which fell on September 10, 1863.
On Sunday, September 8th at 10:00 we will start off the day with an old traditional Church service. For additional information call 501-985-3670 or visit

News from the Past 

From the Civil War News, September 1989

From the column, Civil War Today, by Jerry Russell, we read:


Dr. Leo Huff, recently retired from SW Missouri State and a longtime member of the CWRT of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO, spoke to the August meeting of the CWRT of Arkansas, Little Rock, on the Fall of Little Rock which occurred in September 1863.

The Rev. Tom Lawing of Marionville, MO, spoke to the August meeting of the Batesville, AR CWRT on Confederate Jo Shelby.

The CWRT of NW Arkansas, Rogers, heard member Wendell Beall speak on

“Wildwood Skirmishers: The 1st Arkansas (Union) Cavalry” at their August meeting.

We’ll reach back to July to tell you that I spoke to the CWRT of NW Louisiana, Shreveport. And I’ll be speaking to the Youngstown, Ohio, CWRT and the

NW Arkansas, Rogers, in October. Be glad to come to visit your group. All I need is an invitation and expenses.


Thanks for the memories Jerry!  

Book Review 

Thank you Fordham University

 for the donation of their book

Despite a wealth of books on the campaigns of the American Civil War, the subject of combined or joint operations has been largely neglected. This revealing book offers ten case studies of combined Army–Navy operations by Union forces. Presented in chronological order, each essay illuminates an aspect of combined operations during a time of changing technology and doctrine.

The essays cover the war along the “rebel coast,” including the operations in the North Carolina Sounds in 1861, the Union thrusts up the York and James rivers during the Peninsular Campaign in 1862 and 1864, and the various Union efforts to seize rebel seaports from the Texas coast to Charleston and Wilmington in 1863–65. Concluding the volume are two essays that evaluate the impact of Union combined operations on
subsequent doctrine in both the United States and England.

To order call……….718-817-4795 or visit www.fordhampress.com

240 pages in paperback $25




Role of African Americans in the Civil War to be highlighted during the Battlefields & Beyond: Civil War Sites in the 21st Century conference Aug. 15-17 in Danville


Best practices for preservation and interpretation of Civil War battlefields, historic sites and museums will be the focus of a major conference Aug. 15-17, in Danville, geared as an educational forum for administrators, staff, docents, board members and volunteers at these sites. Battlefields & Beyond: Civil War Sites in the 21st Century is the first Civil War sites preservation conference in the nation since 2001, and the first of its type hosted in Kentucky since 1993. Preservation Kentucky is sponsoring the event in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, the Kentucky Historical Society, and Mudpuppy & Waterdog Inc.


highlight of Battlefields & Beyond will be participation by James DeWolf Perry, executive director of The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, based in Watertown, Massachusetts. Founded in 2009, the mission of the Tracing Center is to create greater awareness of the history of enslaved African Americans and the transatlantic slave trade, and to inspire acknowledgement, dialogue and active response to this history and its many legacies. For more, see www.tracingcenter.org.


Perry will kick-off the opening day at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with a workshop exploring the role of African Americans in the Civil War and examining opportunities for giving voice to those whose contributions and stories have been underrepresented. He will also co-present a case study at 2 p.m. Friday in partnership with Linda Lipscomb of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia.


Also on Thursday, Brian Mabelitini, a historic archaeologist with Gray & Pape Inc., will present “Archaeology 101” and discuss ways to use archaeology as a tool for interpretation and tourism. Maria Campbell Brent, a certified interpretive planner, will conduct a workshop on developing interpretation that engages visitors and helps sites achieve their mission. The day will conclude with a guided tour of Civil War-era Danville and opening reception at the McDowell House Museum.


“This gathering is intended to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial, but offers so much more,” said Rachel Kennedy, Preservation Kentucky executive director. “If you are interested in learning more about interpreting slavery and the road to freedom at your site, this conference will benefit you. If you are wondering how archaeology can inform interpretation and restoration efforts, we have a great workshop for your needs. Or if you just want to have barbecue with your colleagues at historic Perryville Battlefield, while networking with professionals from across the country, then come join us.”


Conference registration is $125 per person prior to the Aug. 2 early-bird deadline, or $175 after. For more information or to register, visit www.civilwarconference.org.


For questions, contact Eric Whisman, Preservation Kentucky education and outreach coordinator, at 502-871-4570 or eric@preservationkentucky.org.


Edge of Conflict – Arkansas in the Civil War

Our friend Curtis Arnold has announced: “We are having a special screening of Edge of Conflict from AETN on 8/10 at 5:00 in DeValls Bluff to observe the 150th anniversary of the occupation of DeValls bluff by Union Forces.”

The Edge of Conflict is a 90- minute documentary that tells the story of Arkansas in the Civil War. Using photographs and present-day images from significant sites around the state, combined with the words of historians and people who lived and fought here during the war, the program attempts to help Arkansans recover a neglected history and to remember that even today, the war is still around us.


Civil War Roundtable Speakers 2013


Mark and Joe are participating in a prisoner exchange.

Joe will be our speaker in June, Mark in July!


  • 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 – Brian Brown – Local historian – The Saps at the Battle of Vicksburg
  • June – Mark Christ – Community Outreach Director, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program –        Skirmish at Paroquet Bluff
  • July – Joseph Herron – Parker Ranger – The Battle of Arkansas Post
  • August – Conway Women’s Choir – Period Music
  • 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 – Rev. David Dyer, Pastor – Robert Lewis Dabney, Chief of Staff for Stonewall Jackson


Thank you to Joe Herron who brought our program last month on the Battle of Arkansas Post. We hope to see you Tuesday with Mark Christ and Paroquet Bluff.


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