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. 
Online:  www.civilwarbuff.org
Jan Sarna, President  |  
Rick Meadows, Editor


RMeadows@aaamissouri.com / arcivilwarbuff@gmail.com 
Dues $20 Per Year





Dr. George Lankford

Join us Tuesday when Dr. George E. Lankford brings our program. Lankford received his B.A. in Journalism from Louisiana State University, a B.D. in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph. D. in Folklore from Indiana University in 1975. Lankford is a current member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Past President of the Independence County Historical Society, and Professor Emeritus at Lyon College in Batesville.

Dr. Lankford spoke to our group 2 years ago about The Army of the Southwest in Batesville. Tuesday, Lankford will discuss the issue of slavery. His material will be based on his research on his recent book, “Baptists, Slavery and Secession in Independence County”. In 2003 and revised in 2006, The University of Arkansas Press published another work: Bearing Witness: Memories of Arkansas Slavery: Narratives from the 1930’s WPA Collection.

He has written the script for two dinner theater productions: War Chronicles I, Independence County’s War, and War Chronicles II. These were performed at the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville earlier in the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Local talent portrayed personalities of the residents of Independence County and the productions were very well received.


Fort Steele Marker Dedication

And 50th Birthday of the Roundtable!

Saturday, March 29

The dedication of the Fort Steele Sesquicentennial Marker in Little Rock will be held at 10:30 am. On the corner of Gaines and 16th Street. Archie Moore of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will be our key note speaker. Participants include Reverend JB Minix, pastor of the Gaines Street Baptist Church, The Governor’s Color Guard from Camp Robinson, the singing of the National Anthem by Engelique Kendle and Myisha Headen from Philander Smith College, and Federal re-enactors. Our Roundtable sponsored the marker. The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission hopes to have at least one marker in each of the 75 counties.

Following the dedication, join us for lunch in Little Rock as we celebrate the 50th birthday of the Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas! We will meet at Sims BBQ which is located at the northeast corner of South Broadway and Roosevelt in Little Rock.

Saturday, April 5 – National Park Day –2 Locations to Serve You!

Reed’s Bridge Battlefield in Jacksonville.                                                                                Please mark your calendars for National Park Day Clean Up on 5 Apr @ 0900 at the Homestead. General Clean-up will be needed and some repairs as well. Bring Gloves and lots of energy! Refreshments will be provided.

Jenkins’ Ferry Battleground State Park in Leola Forest Road 9010, Leola, AR                         call 870-942-2936 for details or friendsofjenkinsferry@gmail.com.                                                                 The event is at 10:00 a.m. and refreshments provided.

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 De Ann 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 12 – Prairie De Ann Re-enactment in Prescott

The Nevada County Depot and Museum will be sponsoring a Civil War Sesquicentennial Event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie DeAnn, the Battle of Elkin’s Ferry, and the Battle of Moscow, which were parts of the Red River Campaign that took place in 1864.
This event is partially being established to raise public awareness of these battlefields and their significance to not only Nevada County history, but to Arkansas history and more importantly later Civil War history. The Sesquicentennial presents the ideal opportunity for historical programs, fundraising, and the identification of sources of public and private support and interest in the future of the greater Nevada County area.

The reenactment will be directed and produced by Jack King, President of the Texas 19th Century Living History Association, who operates out of Galveston, Texas. The soldiers enlisted in the reenactment will begin their activities and march from historic Old Washington on approximately April 5th, 2014 and will end this march with the reenactment skirmish that will take place on April 12thin Nevada County around 1:00 pm.

On April 12, 2014, Nevada County will witness the 150th anniversary of three Civil War battles: the Battle of Elkin’s Ferry, the Battle of Prairie DeAnn, and the Battle of Moscow.

The Battle of Prairie DeAnn Reenactment is scheduled to take place April 12th, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm in Prescott, AR with the actual reenactment taking place at 1 pm.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children (14 and under).  Advance tickets can be purchased at the following website: http://www.depotmuseum.org/ At the gate, the prices will be $25 and $15 respectively.

If you have any questions or comments, please call the director at 870.887.5821

Or curator@depotmuseum.org


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.

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

April 26-27, 2014 –  Jenkins’ Ferry 150th Commemoration with Ed Bearss                                Roy Wilson from Sheridan reminds us that final plans are being drawn for the 150th  commemoration over the weekend of April 25-27. Wilson is hosting 3 schools assemblies at the High School stadium with re-enactors and cannon on Friday April 25. Noted historian Ed Bearss is scheduled to speak at 1:00 on Saturday and Sunday. The re-enactment will follow.

For additional information contact:                                                                                                      Roy Wilson <roywilson@sheridanschools.org>

May 3, 2014 –  Symposium at the Jacksonville Museums of Military History                         Discussion about Trail of Tears and Indian Life in Arkansas                                                      Registration 9:30 Lectures begin at 10:00

For more information contact: Paula Chanicka <reedsbridgebattlefield@yahoo.com>


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.

Each year our Roundtable financially supports the efforts of the Civil War Trust. With our donation funds are made available for the purchase of hallowed ground. In Arkansas, The Civil War Trust has help purchase 10 acres at Devil’s Backbone and 56 acres at Helena. Part of the mission of our Roundtable is to support preservation efforts. Please bring your checkbook Tuesday and help us save more hallowed ground.

If we can raise $1000 one of our members can attend the 2014 Grand Review. This special event will be held on September 19-21 in Atlanta, GA. Three years ago we fell just a little short of the $1000 Color Bearer Level. In Arkansas we continue to support Reed’s Bridge and Jenkin’s Ferry.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 38,500 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

April 3-5, 2014 Arkansas Historical Association Annual Conference                                      Historic Washington State Park



The AHA’s annual conference at Historic Washington State Park is April 3-5. Emphasis will be on the Civil War and the Home Front. For details and outline of the workshops and lectures vist he Association’s website (www.arkansashistoricalassociation.org). Just go to the annual conference page. For additional information visit the web site or call 479-575-5885



Civil War News from Franklin

Our friend Greg Biggs from the Civil War Roundtable of Clarksville, TN reports:

Lotz House Launches Private Tours of the Cellar and Unveils Newly Acquired Signature of General Patrick Cleburne


In November 2013, archeologist and historian John Marler completed a two year excavation of the Lotz House cellar. Marler uncovered and documented approximately 900 Civil War relics connected with civilian life in the mid-1800s. The historical house, located at 1111 Columbia Pike in Franklin, TN., is at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin.

Lotz House will open the cellar for private tours the third Saturday of each month from March to October this year.  The two hour tour will be conducted by historians Thomas Y. Cartwright and/or John Marler.  Tours will be held from 10 a.m. – noon March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18.  The cost is $30 per person for the Lotz House Cellar Tour.  The guided tour of the Lotz House is $10 and is a separate ticket.  This is a limited tour, first-come-first-served.  To make reservations contact J.T. Thompson at jtt@lotzhouse.com or call 615-790-7190.

In other news, Lotz House Executive Director J.T Thompson announced that the Lotz House will unveil a series of relics this year in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin.  On March 16 the public is invited to the unveiling of CSA Major General Patrick Cleburne’s wartime signature which is a rare piece of history.

In making the announcement, Thompson said, “The Sesquicentennial is such an historic time we want to create our own history and work toward preserving rare items as we commemorate the occasion. Patrick Cleburne and his story moves people, as he was highly regarded in life and death by both friend and foe. As his life was cut short in Franklin at the age of 36, anything and everything related to him is extremely rare. We’re glad to offer this opportunity to our visitors.”  Thompson added, “We were able to acquire this rare find through a generous donation from the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta along with another donor, one our Lotz House Foundation members, who wishes to remain anonymous. We’re very grateful for their contribution to preserving this great piece of history.”

Civil War Round Table of Atlanta President Arthur T. Carey commented, “The Civil War Round Table of Atlanta is proud to have assisted the Lotz House in adding a letter signed by Confederate Major General Patrick Cleburne to its outstanding collection of Civil War artifacts. Pat Cleburne is judged by most historians as the finest division commander in the Confederacy’s Western Armies. His leadership and courage was unquestioned. It is altogether fitting that this artifact should reside near where he fell while leading his men in battle.”

To mark General Cleburne’s birthday, March 16 at 4 p.m. notable historian Thomas Y. Cartwright shared with visitors some interesting facts and stories about Cleburne during the Battle of Franklin. The Lotz House will also unveil additional rare, Franklin Civil War items finds on July 13, September 12-13 and in November.

The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee at “epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on November 30, 1864.

The house is open Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission charged. The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Avenue. For more information, call 615-790-7190 or visit the website is www.lotzhouse.com <http://www.facebook.com/l/JAQEGHEa7/www.lotzhouse.com>.

April 26, 2014 –  The Abel Streight Raid in Alabama Tour                                Tennessee Valley CWRT in Huntsville

The Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table of Huntsville is offering a tour of one of the most famous cavalry actions in the Civil War known as “Streight’s Raid.”  The running fight across North Alabama featured the renowned Confederate cavalryman, General Nathan Bedford Forrest against a Union Mounted Infantry brigade of Colonel Abel Streight.  The capture of Streight happened near the Georgia line when Forrest tricked Streight into believing he was hopelessly outnumbered.  The deadly clash between these daring units will be narrated by Huntsville’s own Brigadier General (Ret.) and Civil War author, John Scales.

The tour leaves Huntsville at 7 AM to tour the Town Creek battlefield, the Day’s Gap battlefield, the Crooked Creek Museum, the Hog Mountain battlefield, several lesser engagements, the Black Creek Crossing, the Blount Plantation battlefield, and the final surrender site near the Georgia state line.  Walking will be limited as most of these areas are on private property.  Expect to return to Huntsville around 5:30 pm.

For more information check the Tennessee Valley CWRT’s web site at – www.tvcwrt.org <http://www.tvcwrt.org/>  – or email Kent Wright at – kdwrt@netzero.com <mailto:kdwrt@netzero.com> .

This Week in the Civil War

Courtesy Civil War Trust


March 24         1862: Riot at abolition meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio

March 25         1864: Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest led his cavalry in attack of Paducah, KY

March 26         1862: Engagement at Apache Canyon, N.M. Territory

March 27         1865: Lincoln meets with Grant, Sherman, Porter to discuss war’s ending

March 28         1862: Battle at Glorieta Pass, N.M Territory

March 29         1865: Appomattox Campaign 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 Donna Dentley for the program on Jacksonport and the Maruepas.  We hope to see you Tuesday with George Lankford and his talk on Slavery.




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