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



“Robert Lewis Dabney, Chief of Staff for Stonewall Jackson”


With Rev. David Dyer


Join us Tuesday when Rev Dyer brings our program on Robert Lewis Dabney. Born in 1820, Dabney was a Presbyterian pastor serving first as chaplain of the 18th Virginia Infantry and later Chief of Staff to Jackson in the Valley Campaign and the Seven Days Battles. Dabney is famous for his work: Life and Campaigns of Lieut-General Thomas J. Jackson in 1866. The original edition can be purchased today for $300.  For those not wishing to invest such a sum, a 2002 hardcover reprint can be obtained for only $12. Rev Dyer is a retired Presbyterian minister from Little Rock, and he brings a unique understanding of the life of a chaplain during the Civil War.


December 7 – December 8    Christmas Open House at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Christmas will be in the air as in the days of the Civil War at Prairie Grove Battlefield. While food is cooking in the Latta House kitchen, members of the local Wool & Wheel Handspinners Guild & the Dogwood Lace groups will be demonstrating spinning, weaving, and lace making. There will be guided tours through the historic Latta and Morrow houses. Various military drills, camp life, and other living history activities will be included throughout the weekend at various times and locations.

Meeting place: Hindman Hall Visitor Center – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Admission: Free, Presented by volunteers & NW 15th Ark Infantry.

For additional information call 479-846-2990 or prairiegrove@arkansas.com


April 7, 2014 – April 12, 2014      Red River Campaign-Camden Expedition

This event will include a 25 mile march through historic Washington and onto Prairie D’Ane, where there will be a battle reenactment on April 12th.  Additional information will be available closer to the date of the event. Call 409-762-2323


April 14, 2014 to April 19, 2014          Reenactment of the Battle of Poison Springs                         Sponsored by the Ouachita County Historical Society

Mark your calendars for this week. Included will be occupation of Camden complete with tours, lectures, and exhibits during the week. More information will follow. All events will be free. Call 870-818-3565 for details.

May 10, 2014   Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest    In DeValls Bluff

Sponsored by the Arnold Family Foundation and the Delta Cultural Center                             Make plans to attend this annual event which is complete with artillery and infantry demonstrations, educational projects, and tours of the original fortifications in DeValls Bluff. The event is free and will be held at the DeValls Bluff Community Center.

Call 870-998-2005 for additional information.

Roundtable member turns author and poet.

Vernon Dutton, a member of our Roundtable recently spoke to the Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable in Lonoke about the 3rd Arkansas at Antietam. After the meeting, Vernon discussed his new work, Civil War Reflections. When I returned home from the meeting and started turning through the pages, I could not put my copy down. What an addition to anyone’s reading!         Your editor.


“I became reactivated in history and specifically became interested in the Battle Antietam while viewing Ken Burns; documentary, “The Civil War,” on PBS in 1990. The following year I took two days off from work and drove to Shiloh National Battlefield, located about 125 miles due east of Memphis, to view a living history demonstration performed by a Confederate brigade that included infantry, cavalry and artillery.”

“I have been a civil war buff since the age of twelve. Like most history buffs, I read books on Civil War generals and was awed by their leadership, their dynamic personalities and the pride they instilled in their commands.” Vernon Dutton
“Civil War Reflections, Honoring the Battles, Soldiers and Spirits, published in 2012 by Time Travelers Publishing is collection of photos and photos. Many books have told the story of the Civil War, but none have put the reader inside the action with the vivid imagery and heart-wrenching reality of Civil War Reflections. For the first time, feel the emotion of the soldiers who risked their lives for their country – and understand the trials, triumphs and tragedies they shared upon their journey.” the publisher.
This work has many wonderful photographs from Shiloh by Cindy Baldhoff and from Gettysburg and Antietam by Nancy Dutton.
Contact Dutton at 501-902-8800 or visit vdutton.com for your copy



Charles O Durnett
The Arkansas Historical Association announces the Charles O. Durnett Award competition for 2014. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2014 to be eligible. This award has been endowed by the Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails Foundation, Inc. as a tribute to the late Charles O. Durnett, the chairman of the Central Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail and a member of the Arkansas Civil Was Sesquicentennial Commission. It recognized his dedication to the study of Civil War history – whether military, social, economic, or cultural. Entries should be based, at least in part, on original research in primary sources. They must not have been submitted elsewhere or published previously. Send entries to: Arkansas Historical Association, Department of History, Old Main 416, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701.



Civil War Trust Announces Preservation Victories during Tennessee Sesquicentennial Signature Event
The Civil War Trust announces completion of $1.4 million campaign to save land at Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP, thanks to Tennessee for creation of new grant program for battlefield preservation. (Chattanooga, Tenn.) – As part of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s annual signature event in downtown Chattanooga, the Civil War Trust recently announced the successful completion of a $1.4 million fundraising campaign to protect 109 acres of battlefield land associated with Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (NMP). The newly preserved land is located at historic Reed’s Bridge, site of the opening salvo of the battle of Chickamauga.


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