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

“Old Washington in the War”

With Josh Williams


Join us Tuesday when Josh Williams joins us to discuss Washington in the Civil War.

Williams is the Curator of Historic Washington State Park. He has worked at the park since 2006, beginning as the Park Historian. He received his B.A. in History from John Brown University, a M.A. in History from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, and a MLIS degree with an archival emphasis from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He currently serves on the boards of the Arkansas Museum Association and the Arkansas Historical Association. He also is a member of the Arkansas Living History Association. He is a member of the Washington Methodist Church and dance caller for the Washington Vintage Dancers. He and his wife Jaimie have one daughter that just turned 1 year old named Naomi Grace Williams. Williams will also give us an update on the upcoming events at Washington, including Civil War Weekend on November 2-3.

Historic Washington State Park is located 9 miles northwest of Hope on U.S. Hwy 278. Take exit #30 of I-30 at Hope. For details on the Civil War Weekend, call 870-983-2684 or visit HistoricWashington@Arkansas.com



The Civil War Trust has partnered with the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation to protect 60 acres on a ridge overlooking the battlefield.  Union troops moved off the bluff and through the property to a low water ford. This tract was also the site of Col. Franz Sigel’s Union artillery battery.  To date, The Trust has protected 272 acres at Wilson’s Creek.



The Trust is also working to purchase Hollowed Ground in the following historic sites in the Antietam Campaign:


Battlefield # Acres Cost Matching Funds Trust Portion

Harpers Ferry       4.0 $   715,000 $  710,000 $     5,000

South Mountain             298.0 $1,095,000 $1,095,000 $     5,000

Antietam     15.0     305,000 $   152,500                  $152,500

Shepherdstown                     .6                  70,000              35,000            $   35,000

Total   317.6 $2,190,000       $1,992,500                  $197,500


According to Jim Lighthizer, President of the Trust, “Through a combination of state and federal matching grants, a very generous anonymous donor, and some crucial funding from the National. Park Service, these sites can be preserved for only $197, 500.


The property we are saving at Antietam was a significant Confederate artillery site, and saw crucial troop movements throughout the entire battle. It offers excellent direct views to most of the major landmarks of the battle, and must be preserved before it can be purchased by a developer and subdivided into home sites.” The 3rd Arkansas was at Antietam.

News from Greg Biggs in Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley CWRT Civil War Symposium – November 2, 2013

Join the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library at the Huntsville, Madison County Library in Huntsville, Alabama. Featured speakers are:

  • Greg Biggs – “Nashville – Siren’s Song of the Confederacy”

  • Thomas Flagel – “A Landscape Transformed: Union Fortifications and the Alteration of Middle Tennessee”

  • Eric Jacobsen – “The Battle of Franklin”

  • J.F. Sparks – “The Federal Occupation of North Alabama in 1862”

  • Peggy Allen Towns – “Dully Driven: The Plight of North Alabama’s African Americans”



Thursday, October 24, 2013 Arkansas Tech University presents:
Dr. Steven E. Woodworth, Doc Bryan Lecture Hall – 6 P.M.
Dr. Steven E. Woodworth, acclaimed Civil War historian, will be presenting the David Krueger Lecture at Arkansas Tech University on Thursday evening, October 24, in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall at 6 p.m. Dr. Woodworth’s talk is “’While God is Marching On’: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers.” The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information call 479-968-0237 or tdeblack@atu.edu.

Friday, October 25, 2013 Old State House presents:
Brown Bag Lecture Series: Noon – 1 p.m.

Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will discuss “The Battle of Pine Bluff.”

“The Battle of Pine Bluff” – For the Arkansas Confederacy, 1863 was an unmitigated disaster, with battles lost at Arkansas Post and Helena and the Union gaining control of the Arkansas River Valley. On October 25, 1863, Brig. Gen. John Sappington Marmaduke sought to reverse Confederate fortunes by attacking the small Union garrison at Pine Bluff. Col. Powell Clayton and the tough Fifth Kansas and First Indiana Cavalry Regiments, assisted by newly freed African Americans in camps around Pine Bluff, met the attack in one of the few Arkansas battles fought in an urban setting.
Admission to Brown Bag Lunch Lectures is free. Participants are encouraged to
bring a sack lunch; beverages are provided. For additional information call 501-324-9685 or info@oldstatehouse.org
October 5 til October 26, 2013 DeValls Bluff Museum presents:
African American Legislators

Featured will be local artifacts at the DeValls Bluff Museum and an exhibit on African American Legislators. The exhibit is sponsored by the Arkansas History Commission.
For additional information call 870-256-5171.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 – Battle of Pine Bluff from 10 A.M. to 4:00 the public is invited to come to downtown Pine Bluff for walking tours, children’s activities, and living historians along with Civil War re-enactors. At 4:30 a Symposium will be held at the Harbor Oaks Golf Club and Restaurant in Pine Bluff. Featured speakers are Mark Christ, Marion Glover, and Ronnie Nichols.
For additional information call 870-543-1820, ext227 or visit www.facebook.com/BashonBarraque


Reed’s Bridge Jacksonville

Funds are being sought for the purchase of 5 acres of land south of the core battlefield on Hwy 161. The land is at the site of the Confederate Artillery Position on the battle that occurred on August 27, 1863. Cost of the land is about $150,000. One half of this amount has been pledged.
Fort Steele Marker

The Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission has approved the marker that our Roundtable is funding. It will be located at 15th and Gaines Streets in Little Rock. Fort Steele was constructed after Little Rock fell on September 10, 1863. It guarded the southwest approach to the city. Dedication will follow.
Camp Nelson Event – Huge Success

Local Historian R.D. Keever dressed in his Civil War Uniform and set his tent with rope bed at Camp Nelson on Saturday, October 12. Keever also brought his horse “Sammy” with Civil War era tact. Keever displayed his collection of artifacts. In addition, he played the recent recording of “Root Hog or Die” that was done with period instruments. S.T. Rister of the 17th Texas Infantry started a colored drawing of Camp Nelson. Later in 1862 he added lyrics to the drawing. Keever played a recording of the song. Credit for this project is given to the Arkansas History Commission for being the caregiver of the drawing and poem.
R.D Keever with guests at Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery

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 Aaron Barnhart and Diane Eichhoff who brought our program on the historical sites in Kansas and Missouri last month! We hope to see you Tuesday with Josh Williams.



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