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



“The Gunboat Maurepas”


Donna Bentley


Join us Tuesday when Donna Bentley brings us an exciting program on the Confederate Gunboat Maurepas.   Purchased in 1861, the Maurepas patrolled the lower Mississippi River before being transferred to accompany the CSS Pontchartrain along the White River in Arkansas. Bentley will review her history and action that the Maurepas saw in the Civil War, including the shelling of Jacksonport.


Originally from Michigan, Bentley joined Jacksonport State Park as interpreter in 1995. Bentley is a 1979 graduate of Western Michigan University and for fourteen years, worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service. She has worked at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Mount Rushmore, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis among others.



Louisiana Symposium

Defending the Homeland, Union Forces Target Shreveport, Texas and Beyond


What – Experts offer insight into the Red River Campaign and its implications. Exhibits and vendors plus a special guided tour of the Mansfield State Historic Site.


When – Friday, March 14 to Sunday, March 16

Friday – Meet and Greet

Saturday – Speakers, lunch buffet,  speakers

Sunday – Speaker and Creole Breakfast Buffett


Where – Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites, 2015 Old Minden Rd, Bossier City, LA

Cost – Friday –Sunday $100. Includes Friday evening hors d’oeuvres, exhibits and vendors, speakers Saturday and Sunday with Saturday luncheon and Sunday breakfast, plus admission to historic site and guided tour.


Speakers include:

Mark Christ, Community Outreach Director, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Dr. Thomas Cutrer, Professor of History, Arizona State University

Scott Dearman, Manager, Mansfield State Historic Site

Dr. Gary Joiner, Professor of History, LSU Shreveport

Dr. Richard McCaslin, Professor of History, University of North Texas

Dr. Jeff Prushankin, Professor of History Millersville University in Pennsylvania

Dr. Henry Robertson, Professor of History, Louisiana College


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

March 22, 2014  On the Road with Ed Bearss – Tour of Camden Expedition Sites Sponsored by the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the Arkansas Sesquicentennial commission. This event is sold out. Call the museum at 501-376-4602 to be added to the waiting list. Cost $35.

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                                                                                               150th Anniversary of the Occupation of Camden and 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.  All events will be free. Call 870-818-3565 for details.

Monday,  April 14 at 6:30 p.m. Letters and Memoirs of the Civil War on the outdoor stage at Historic Postmaster’s Grill. Experiences of the inhabitants of Camden during the War will be shared.

Friday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Occupation of Camden. Troops will be camped on Washington Street near homes that were occupied during the war. Re-enactors will tell the stories of families who lived through the occupation.

Friday, April 18 – Free showing of the of the movie “Glory” at 6:30 at SAU Tech’s Ross Center

Saturday, April 19 – Battle of Poison Spring 2:00 p.m. at Poison Spring State Park in Chidester

Saturday, April 19 – Closing ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at Coleman Stadium. It will include choirs presenting period music and a commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Poison Spring.

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.

Donna Ludlow, Business Manager with the Arkansas Historical Association invites everyone to the annual conference. The AHA’s annual conference at Historic Washington State Park is coming up, April 3-5. Emphasis will be on the Civil War and the Home Front. Members will soon receive their program and registration materials in the mail. But those eager to begin their planning for the meeting can view the program and print out the registration form at the Association’s website ( Just go to the annual conference page. For additional information visit the web site or call Donna at 479-575-5885

Fort Steele Marker Dedication

Saturday, March 29

Plans are underway for the dedication of the Fort Steele Sesquicentennial Marker in Little Rock. The dedication will be held at 10:30 am. on the corner of Gaines and 16th Street. Thanks to the Gaines Street Baptist Church for granting permission to place this marker on their property. Following the dedication, join us for lunch in Little Rock. Our Roundtable sponsored the marker. The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission hopes to have at least one marker in each of the 75 counties.




From the Civil War Trust:


The Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program

(CWBPP) is a matching grants program that promotes preservation of America’s most historically significant Civil War battlegrounds. The program, funded through the federal side

of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, encourages nonprofit involvement in

historic preservation. The program is the result of a commission created by Congress that recommended the establishment of a matching grants program to protect high priority Civil War

battlefields. The program was formally authorized in December 2002, when President

George W. Bush signed into law the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act. The program was reauthorized in March 2009, when President Barack Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Act (PL 111-11). The program is authorized for up to $10 million a year.


Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program grants are administered by the American Battlefield Protection Program, an arm of the National Park Service (NPS), which awards all congressional appropriations as competitive grants. Because only a small percentage of America’s Civil War battlefields are preserved within the Park Service, CWBPP is used to target only hallowed ground outside NPS boundaries (and thus does not contribute to NPS maintenance costs).

The key to the program’s success is a 1-to-1 federal/nonfederal matching grants formula that encourages both public and private sector investment in battlefield protection. The program preserves historic sites by working with willing sellers to acquire properties at fair

market value when they become available. CWBPP matching grants can be used for both fee simple and easement acquisition.


Over the years, CWBPP grants have been used to save more than 19,500 acres of hallowed ground in 20 states. Among the sites saved as a result of this program are historic properties at Antietam and South Mountain, Md.; Champion Hill, Miss.; Chancellorsville, Manassas and the Wilderness, Va.; Chattanooga and Fort Donelson, Tenn.; and Harpers Ferry, W.Va.


Since FY 1999, Congress has appropriated $74 million for CWBPP. Most recently, Congress included $9 million for the program in the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 3547). The White House included an $8.9 million request for the American Battlefield Protection Program, which includes CWBPP, as part of its FY 2014 budget, released on April 10, 2013.




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)


Address                                               City                             State                Zip Code

Phone                                                  e-mail address


Membership dues………………………………….$20

Additional $$ for preservation……………………..


Total                                                                    _______


Mail to:

Brian Brown, Treasurer

The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc.

C/O Brian Brown

101 S. Spring Street, Ste 300

L.R. Ark 72201


Or pay online at our website: www.civilwar

Questions: call Brian at 501-376-2981

This Week in the Civil War

Courtesy Civil War Trust


February 25     1862: US War Department seizes control of all telegraph lines

February 26     1863: Cherokee Indian National Council leaves the Confederacy for the Union

February 27     1864: A new camp for Federal prisoners of war opens near Andersonville, GA

February 28     1864: USA Gen. Hugh Kilpatrick’s cavalry raid on Richmond, VA begins


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

July                  Tom DeBlack              Professor at Arkansas Tech, Conditions on the Home front


Thank you Drew Hodges for his program on A.P. Hill We hope to see you Tuesday with Donna Bentley and the Maurepas.






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