Soon to Be Our 50th Year!

Meets Fourth Tuesday; January-November
Founded March 1964

Second Presbyterian Church

600 Pleasant Valley Drive

Little Rock 
Program at 7 p.m. 
Jan Sarna, President 

Rick Meadows, Editor 

Roundtable / 
Dues $20 Per Year



“General A.P. Hill”


Drew Hodges


Join us Tuesday when Drew Hodges brings our program on Confederate General A. P. Hill.
Hodges received his undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma with a major in history. At the University of Central Arkansas, Hodges received his Masters in History. For the past 6 years, Hodges has taught at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, UALR and ASU Beebe.
Each summer Hodges attends Alumni College at Washington & Lee in Lexington, VA, studying various history subjects taught by Pulitzer Prize winners. In addition to teaching, Hodges serves as President and program chairman for the NLR roundtable. He is also a founding member of the Albert Pike Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp in El Reno, Ok.
Material for his talk is based on information gained at his summer sabbaticals to Lexington, VA. A.P. Hill was a student at West Point with his future commander, Thomas J. Jackson. They didn’t get along before the war and they relationship deteriorated even further during the war. Hodges will discuss the friction between the two Generals. Perhaps Hill is most famous for his action at Sharpsburg (Antietam). His division was left behind at Harpers Ferry dealing with new Federal prisoners while Lee and Jackson met the Army of the Potomac. Late in the day Hill forced marched his men 14 miles to repulse Ambrose Burnside who had crossed the bridge over the creek and was about to turn the Confederate right flank. Each year during the re-enactment at Antietam, one can see 21st Century Gray uniforms retracing Hill’s march over the hills of western Maryland. Just before Robert E. Lee died, his last words were: “Tell Hill he must come up, Strike the tent.”
Join us Tuesday as Hodges shares with us about this Confederate General, A.P. Hill.




January 29, 2014 – Brown Bag with Lunch Lecture at the Old State House Museum Dr. Carl Moneyhon will discuss the 1864 Constitutional Convention. The 1864 State Constitution was written 150 years ago this month at the Old State House. Dr. Moneyhon is a history professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. Soft drinks and water will be provided. The event is free. For additional call the museum at 501-324-9685.

February 27, 2014 – Brown Bag Lunch with Lecture at the Old State House Museum “An Eagle on His Button.” In the spring of 1863, black troops were being recruited by the Federal forces. Join Mark Christ for lunch as he discusses the role of the African American Soldier in the Civil War. Christ is the Community Outreach Director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

March 22, 2014 On the Road with Ed Bearss

Ed Bears - 1863 Little Rock Campaign Tour -110

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Tour of Camden Expedition Sites

Sponsored by the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
and the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
503 E. 9th Street, Little Rock, AR
Call the museum to register 501-376-4602
Tour departs the museum at 8:00 A.M.
Cost $35
Price includes sit-down lunch at the historic McCollum-Chidester House in Camden

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.

April 19, 2014 – Annual Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day on the NE corner of the Arkansas Capital Grounds in Little Rock at 11:00 A.M. For details call Danny Honnoll, Chief of Staff, Arkansas Division at 870-926-2985

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.
Civil War Bullets from Rick

• Are you heading south for the winter? George Furis, newsletter editor for The Civil War Round Table of Central Florida, invites you to attend the Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee or Ocean Pond at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida. The event will be held February 14-16. Admission is $10 for adults.

• War Comes To Georgia: The 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign: Ringgold Through Kennesaw – March 27th-30th, 2014 Our friend Greg Biggs has sent this invitation to join them. It is tour time again and this one will feature four days of the Atlanta Campaign, the pivotal action that secured the re-election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1864. We will depart Franklin, TN on Thursday, March 27th and return there on Sunday afternoon, March 30th. Travel where nearly 200,000 men fought for 4 1/2 months at famous places like Resaca, Dalton, Pickett’s Mill, New Hope Church and Kennesaw Mountain. Also included are various sites of the famous Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.
What do you get for the tour fee? Four days of tours with Greg Biggs and Thomas Cartwright. Greg, president of the Clarksville TN Civil War Roundtable, grew up in Georgia and has led Atlanta tours since 1993. Thomas is a well-known tour guide and historian who is the expert on the Middle Tennessee Campaign of 1864. He has also appeared on Civil War television programs and various documentaries. Three nights of hotels – Hampton Inn (Ringgold, GA, one night and Marietta, GA, two nights). These have free breakfasts each day. Cavalier Tours escort services who will handle almost everything you need for the tour including your luggage. The tour will be on a bus company coach who works with Cavalier on a regular basis. Admission fees to the Tunnel Hill Civil War and Railroad Museum; the Southern Museum for Civil War and Locomotive History and the Pickett’s Mill State Battlefield Park (which is one of the most pristine battlefields in America). A complete set of tour maps for each battlefield. There will also be a Wednesday night program (March 26th) in Franklin with a lecture on the Atlanta Campaign to orient you on what we will be touring.

Tour rates – Single person per room – $495
Double per room – $390 each
Triple per room – $360 each
To pay by credit card or debit card – call the Lotz House at (615) 790-7190. All you have to do is say that you are registering and paying for the “War In Georgia: The 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign tour.” They will take your name, address, phone number, card info and email address. Please be sure to inform them of how many are attending – single, double, triple. You will receive an email confirmation. If you do not have email then give them your phone number in its place.


Civil War Trust applauds lawmakers for their support of program that has helped protect more than 19,000 acres of hallowed ground throughout the nation

(Washington, D.C.) – The Civil War Trust today applauded the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for including $8.9 million for the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The program, which provides federal matching grants to protect historically significant battlefield land outside National Park Service boundaries, has been used to protect more than 19,000 acres of hallowed ground in 16 states.

“This is tremendous news that could not come at a more critical time,” remarked Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer.  “Over the past decade, development pressure on unprotected but historically significant battlefield land has only increased.  These grants will be matched with private sector donations to preserve thousands of acres of historic land that would otherwise be lost forever.”

Since Congress first authorized it in 2002, the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program has enjoyed broad, bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. The program is considered a model for cooperative partnerships between the National Park Service (NPS), state and local governments, and the private sector. Its matching grants formula encourages nonprofit groups to invest in acquisition of battlefield lands from willing sellers. Grants from the program are awarded by the American Battlefield Protection Program, an arm of NPS.
Among the sites saved as a result of this innovative grants program are historic properties at Antietam and South Mountain, Md.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Vicksburg and Champion Hill, Miss.; Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg and Manassas, Va.; Shiloh, Chattanooga and Fort Donelson, Tenn.; Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; and other battlefields.
In addition to funding for the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program, the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act includes $5.5 million for acquiring inholdings at Civil War battlefield national parks. Inholdings result from private ownership of lands prior to the designation of the protected park, which then end up grandfathered within the legally designated boundary. Thousands of acres of inholdings exist at Civil War battlefields maintained within the National Park System.

“Preserved Civil War battlefields are living monuments – not just to the men in blue and gray who fought there – but to all of America’s veterans,” Lighthizer said. “They serve as outdoor classrooms, teaching young and old alike about the sacrifices made to forge the nation we are today.”
The FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act was passed earlier this week by healthy majorities in both the House and Senate. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law over the weekend.

What Historic Civil War sites in Arkansas will receive funding? Call your legislator.

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc

2014 Membership Dues


Membership dues for 2014 are to be paid now.  These monies help to pay for the transportation and lodging cost of our speakers.  Printing cost for our newsletter and brochures we have at various locations in Central Arkansas are also supported by your dues.  In addition, monies are used for the wayside signs for the Campaign for Little Rock that the CWRT of Arkansas purchases and maintains.


Additional monetary gifts that you make will be used for preservation efforts for Civil War battlefields and places of historical importance related to the Civil War.


2014 Membership Dues Statement

$20 per year, Please make checks payable to:

The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc

(Please disregard this notice if dues have already been paid) 



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Officers who will lead our Corps this Campaign


President – Jan Sarna

Vice President- Dick Brannon

Secretary – Rick Meadows

Treasurer – Brian Brown

Web Master – Pris Weathers

Newsletter Editor – Rick Meadows

At Large Member of Board – Don Hamilton

Publicity – Art Maune 

This Week in the Civil War

Courtesy Civil War Trust


January 26       1861: Louisiana secedes from the Union

January 27       1862: President Lincoln issues War Order #1 ordering all forces to advance                              (Southerners call this the War of Northern Aggression)

January 28       1864: Operations around New Bern, N.C.

January 29       1861: Kansas is admitted as a state with a Constitution prohibiting slavery

January 30       1862: USS Monitor launched at Greenpoint, Long Island, N.Y.

January 31       1865: Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery throughout the US


Civil War Roundtable Speakers for 2014


January            Drew Hodges              History professor, A.P. Hill

February          Donna Bentley            Jacksonport State Park Interpreter, The Gunboat Maurepas

March              George Lankford        Professor Emeritus Lyon College, Slavery

April                Shawn Fisher              History Professor Harding, The Spencer Rifle

May                 Mark Christ                 Community Outreach Director, J.O. Shelby’s Summer ‘64

June                 Philip McMath            Attorney, David O. Dodd 


Thank you Rev. Dyer for his program on Robert Lewis Dabney, Chief of Staff for Stonewall Jackson” We hope to see you Tuesday with Drew Hodges and A.P Hill. 

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