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



 “Period Music”


Conway Women’s Chorus


Join us Tuesday when we will be joined with lovely ladies from Conway who will bring us story and song of the Civil War and how “the war” affected the people at home.

The Chorus was formed in 2005 with only a handful of music devotees by Director Joan Hanna, a teacher at University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. She also directs the Faulkner Academy of Arts and has been with that group since its inception in April 15, 2005. She helped start the Conway Dinner Theater and is Musical Director for their two yearly productions. She also gives private piano lessons. Bryan Cole, accompanist, is also a piano instructor at Faulkner Academy of Arts and a Music Specialist at Julia Lee Moore Elementary School in Conway.

This non-profit Chorus rehearses every Tuesday evening for about an hour and presents an annual Spring show and a Christmas show plus benefit performances for the community.


News from the Past 

From the Civil War News, May 1992

From the column, Heritage Happenings, by Jerry Russell, we read: 

“HERITAGE EARLY WARNING: The next big push from HERITAGEPAC is in support of Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan’s announced intention to seek $10 million for the American Battlefield Protection Program in the 1993 Federal budget, $7.9 million more than the current funding level. The entire $7.9 million increase would be devoted to the acquisition of land and easements at the 25 battlefields Lujan has named as the most threatened.

Plans have progressed for the formation of a preservation coalition which will join together to address issues and speak out on preservation subjects. An organizational meeting was held April 4 in Leesburg, Va., with several members of the core group in the preservation movement in attendance. (Included as a director was Jerry Russell, Civil War Round Table Associates).

Gov. William Schaefer has appointed a Maryland Civil War Heritage Commission to identity Civil War sites in Maryland and come up with strategies to help preserve and enhance the state’s Civil War heritage.  HERITAGEPAC is the only political action committee registered with the Federal Election Commission whose purpose is the preservation of Civil War and Indian Wars battle sites. I founded it in 1989 and am its director.”

There are lessons we can be learned today. How has Arkansas progressed in preserving our Civil War battle sites?  Thank you Jerry for your leadership. Jerry Russell was a founding member of our Roundtable, and we give thanks to his preservation efforts. This year marks the 10th anniversary of his death.


Brandy Station, Va.) – The Civil War Trust, America’s largest nonprofit battlefield preservation group, today announced that it has successfully completed a $3.6 million national fundraising campaign to preserve 56 acres of historic Fleetwood Hill on the Brandy Station Battlefield in Culpeper County, Va., site of the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent.

In celebrating the success of this project, one of five most ambitious in the organization’s history, Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer issued the following statement:

“This is a day that those of us in the preservation community have long dreamt of, the day we can finally say that Fleetwood Hill is protected forever. Prior to this, the Trust and its partners had protected some 1,800 acres at Brandy Station, but without those crowning heights set aside for future generations, no visitor could gain a full and definitive understanding of this critical action. Now that we have raised the full purchase price and closed on this property, the heart and soul of the Brandy Station Battlefield, we have turned a preservation success story into a triumph.

“This achievement simply would not have been possible without the cooperation of the entire battlefield preservation community — particularly the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground and the Brandy Station Foundation, whose assistance, both advisory and financial, has been indispensable. Moreover, the enthusiastic support of the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Civil War Sites Preservation Fund has meant the difference between dream and reality. Without the vital matching grants supplied by these two programs, an undertaking of this scale would have been all but insurmountable. The Battle of Brandy Station is considered by historians as the beginning of the momentous Gettysburg Campaign.  Union cavalry, long considered inferior to their Confederate counter parts, launched a bold crossing of the Rappahannock River in the early hours of June 9, 1863.  They initially surprised the Southern horsemen, with charge and countercharge raging across the landscape for much of the day before the Federals retired back across the river.  All told, more than 20,000 cavalrymen fought at Brandy Station.  The epicenter of the fighting was Fleetwood Hill, which overlooked much of the battlefield and served as headquarters for Confederate chieftain, General James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart. Historian and preservation advocate Clark “Bud” Hall calls Fleetwood Hill “without question the most fought over, camped upon and marched over real estate in the entire United States. Cumulatively, the Civil War Trust has protected more than 1,850 acres at Brandy Station and maintains a public interpretive trail across the battlefield.  The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  To date, it has preserved more than 36,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.







Aug 28 @ 7pm at the Witt Stephens Jr. Nature Center, Little Rock


The Toltec Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society presents: Dr.Jamie Brandon
“Civil War Archeology in Arkansas: What Careful Excavations Can tell Us About the Conflict”. It will be held at the Witt Stephens Jr. Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Ave in Little Rock. The event is free and open to the public.

More about the speaker:
Dr. Jamie C. Brandon is the Research Station Archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey stationed at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas.  He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and has served on that body since its creation in 2006.  Dr. Brandon is a specialist in the archeology on the 19th century American South and has worked on many Civil War period sites in Arkansas and twelve other southeastern states.  His talk will outline the plans and goals of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial and how the archeology of the Civil War can improve our understanding of this most pivotal event in American history.  He will talk about work at battlefields and military sites such as Wilson’s Creek, Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, Cross Hollows, Dooley’s Ferry and Helena.  However, Dr. Brandon will also talk about what archeology on civilian sites occupied during the war—such as Van Winkle’s Mill, the Old State House and HistoricWashingtonState Park–can tell us about the conflict in Arkansas. 


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.


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 year the re-enactment will feature an extensive artillery barrage. This engagement was part of the Campaign of Little Rock which fell to the Federals 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


Church, War, and Ebenezer


At the Butler Center
This collection documenting the Civil War experience of Rev. Ebenezer S. Peake contains 74 personal letters, 2 small pocket diaries, and 16 photographs. It features several other assorted documents, including a number of special orders issued from Union army HQ in Little Rock. Peake was chaplain of the 28th Wisconsin Infantry.

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 – StuartTowns – Retired professor and author from ForrestCity – 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 HardingUniversity – 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 OldWashingtonState Park – Old Washington in the War
  • November – Rev. David Dyer, Pastor – Robert Lewis Dabney, Chief of Staff for Stonewall Jackson


Thank you to Mark Christ who brought our program last month on the Battle of Paroquet Bluff in Northeast Arkansas. We hope to see you Tuesday with the Conway Women’s Chorus.  


Address change for the RT


Please make note of our new mailing address. For membership billing, please contact our treasurer, Brian Brown:


Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc

Laser Law Firm c/o Brian Brown

101 South Spring Street, Suite 300

Little Rock, AR72201


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