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



“The Spencer Rifle”


Dr. Shawn Fisher

Shawn Fisher

Join us Tuesday as Dr. Shawn Fisher from Harding University brings us our program on the Spencer Rifle. Fisher received his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters of Education at Harding. Last year Fisher earned his PhD from the University of Memphis. Fisher is an Assistant Professor of History. His course work includes American, Military, and Southern History. Fisher joined the faculty at Harding in 2010 after serving at Arkansas State University-Beebe in Heber Springs.



Upcoming Events Announced by the Civil War Trust

May 9 – Uncle Billy’s Boys: The 55th Illinois at Vicksburg                                                                 Sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Roundtable and Iron Brigade Association at the Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisc.  Join Dr. Laurence Schiller of Northwestern University for a discussion of the actions of the Illinois 55th during the Vicksburg Campaign. The regiment, under the command of Brig. Gen. William T. Sherman, offers a case study of the tensions that arose between civilian soldiers who made up the regiment. Lecture is part of their Second Friday Lunchbox Lecture Series.

May 10 – Dedication of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail at Tunnel Hill Heritage Center, Tunnel Hill, Ga. Visitors will participate in the dedication of the newly marked 340 mile historic driving route along the Chickamauga and Atlanta Campaigns. Tours of various sites will run throughout the day, along with living history demonstrations and firing displays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Tunnel Hill Heritage Center is located at 215 Clisby Austin Road, Tunnel Hill, GA.  The driving tour runs for 340 miles from northwest Georgia through metro Atlanta to new interpretive markers at nearly 50 Civil War historic sites.  Civil War era music will be performed by the Eighth Regiment Band.  Presentation on the Chickamauga and Atlanta Campaigns will be made by National Park Service Historian Jim Ogden.  Tours of the historic Clisby-Austin House (used by General Sherman as his headquarters during the campaign) and the Western & Atlantic Railroad tunnel (part of the famous Great Locomotive Chase of 1862) will occur throughout the day. Civil War re-enactors will present a living history and firing salute.  Dedication ceremony at 1:00 pm,

For more information call 706-876-1571 or visit www.tunnelhillheritagecenter.com/.


Fort Steele Dedication

We had a wonderful dedication of the new Fort Steele Sesquicentennial Marker on Saturday, March 29. Archie Moore, member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission was the keynote speaker. His talk centered on the black troops that were in Little Rock following its fall on September 10, 1863. Mr. Moore discussed that over 5000 African Americans from Arkansas enlisted in the Federal Army. Some of them accompanied General Steele in the Camden Expedition. Thanks to Brian Brown and Don Hamilton from our Roundtable who did the historical research. Thanks also to the Governor’s Colored Guard from Camp Robinson. Many members of our Roundtable were in the crowd of 46 who attended the event. Photos are available for viewing on our web site. The Sesquicentennial Commission hopes to have at least one marker in the each county. The marker is located at the corner of 16th Street and South Gaines in Little Rock.



Jerry Russell Honored


At our meeting in March we celebrated the 50th Birthday of our Roundtable! Everyone enjoyed punch and cake. Party favors were passed out and a good time was had by all. During the evening we paused to remember those who were the main organizers of the Roundtable, including Jerry Russell. Russell had a passion for preserving Civil War hallowed grounds. Our Roundtable voted to make $100 in Jerry’s name to three worthwhile organizations in Arkansas: The Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society, the Friends of Jenkins Ferry, and the Ouachita Historical Society.

We continue to collect funds for battlefield preservation.


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, 56 acres at Helena, as well as Prairie Grove. 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.

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.

If you are not able to attend the meeting Tuesday, then make your check payable to                             The Civil War Trust and send your donation to your editor:

Rick Meadows                                                                                                                             3040 Campground Rd                                                                                                                      Cabot, AR 72023


Tour of Civil War Sites – Nashville, Tennessee

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

Noted historian of the Battle of Nashville, Ross Massey, has started Nashville Historic Tours with the primary focus on Civil War and historic tours in the metro Nashville area.  His tours include; The battle of Nashville (including Fort Negley, Treveller’s Rest, the Confederate battle lines and other sites); Downtown Nashville (architecture, historic sites and wonderful statues); the battle of Franklin (Carter House, Carnton, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Winstead Hill and more) and Mt. Olivet Cemetery with the graves of seven Confederate generals, 1500 soldiers, noted civilians and more.  Ross has been leading such tours for over 20 years for Civil War groups and companies like History America, Blue & Gray Tours and Grand Old Opry Tours, and has been seen on Civil War Journal, the noted television documentary.  He is the author of a Battle of Nashville guide book and is the official historian of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society.  The tours can be customized and run a minimum of 2 hours.  For information please call – (615) 352-6384


Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield, April 26-27



The 150th Anniversary Battle of Jenkins Ferry will be narrated live by historian Ed Bearss. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an Arkansas historic event narrated by the former National Pasrks Service historian.  Bearss began his study on the Saline County battlesite in the 1960’s and was the first to publish literature on the 1864 event.

Saturday, April 26


9:00 – 9:30 Pass & review of the regiments with the Sheridan Band with ROTC & Retired Military personnel participating


10:00 to noon – Tour of the Jenkins Ferry Battlefield, the Taylor Cemetery, the burning field, and the Taylor House. Shuttle bus will leave from the Grant County Museum at 10:00


Noon – Civil War ensemble from the Conway Women’s Chorus


1:15 – 2:00 Special Guest – Ed Bearss


2:00  Reenactment of the Battle


5:30 – 6:30 Conway Women’s Chorus will perform at the Recreation Center


6:30 – 9:30  Dance with the music from the 12th Louisiana String Band


Sunday, April 27


8:00 – 8:30 Memorial Service by Chaplin, Ken Bolden


10:00 to Noon  – Tour Schedule as listed above


1:30 – 2:00 Special Guest – Ed Bearss


2:00  Reenactment of the Battle



This Week in the Civil War

Courtesy Civil War Trust


April 20           1864: Plymouth, N. C. captured after four day s of fighting

April 21           1863: Confederate raid on the B&O railroad in Va. (now W.Va)

April 22           1864: The moto “In God We Trust” first stamped on US coins

April 23           1863: A séance was held at the White House

April 24           1862: Federal fleet passes forts below New Orleans

April 25           1864: Action at Mark’s Mills in Arkansas

April 26           1865: John Wilkes Booth captured & killed in Port Royal, VA


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                 Brian Brown               Local Attorney, Shiloh

June                 Phillip McMath           Attorney, David O. Dodd

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

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


Thank you George Lankford for the program on Slavery last month.  We hope to see you Tuesday with Shawn Fisher and his talk on the Spencer Rifle.




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