Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, September, 2014 Edition

We want to thank Mark Christ for his wonder presentation last month on Confederate General Joseph O. Shelby’s operations in the summer of 1864.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 7:00p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church, our speaker will be our own President Jan Sarna.  Jan will be speaking on the Great Raid in Vermont.

Come and hear Jan Tuesday night. 


PRESCOTT, AR—The Nevada County Depot and Museum, in cooperation with the Prescott-Nevada County Economic Development Foundation, The Conservation Fund, The Civil War Trust and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is working to acquire 448 acres of the Elkins’ Ferry Battlefield near Prescott, the museum board announced in a statement.

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire almost the entire Nevada County portion of the Elkins’ Ferry Battlefield has arisen, and we are working with local, state and national partners to see it through,” the statement said. “Once acquired, this battlefield, which is a National Historic Landmark, can be developed to attract heritage tourists and has the potential to make a major economic impact on our community.”

The Nevada County Depot and Museum has established a website at that will soon be able to receive donations and will monitor progress on the project. Pledges of $625,000 have already been made toward the project, leaving another $325,000 needed to complete the acquisition.

The battle at Elkins’ Ferry was fought on April 4 and 5, 1864, when Confederate cavalry under General John Sappington Marmaduke fought the leading elements of General Frederick Steele’s Union army as they sought to cross the Little Missouri River on their way to invade Louisiana. After sharp combat, the Confederates fell back to Prairie D’Ane. After skirmishing there for several days, Steele’s army ended up abandoning their drive south and instead diverted to Camden in search of supplies.

The National Park Service describes the Elkins’ Ferry Battlefield: “Elkins Ferry is among the most pristine Civil War battlefields in Arkansas. This rural area has only seen slight changes since the Civil War. Like other battlefields associated with the Camden Expedition of 1864, it offers a tremendous opportunity for preservation and interpretation of the entire historical landscape.” It was designated a National Historic Landmark on April 19, 1994.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the Nevada County Depot and Museum, 403 West First Street South, Prescott, AR 71857; be sure to specify that they are targeted toward the Elkin’s Ferry Battlefield Preservation Project.


Civil War History for the month of September

September 1, 1863 The action at Devil’s Backbone ended in Union victory

September 2, 1864 Atlanta surrenders

September 5, 1863 Britain seizes Confederate ships and shipyard

September 6, 1819 General William S. Rosencrans, U.S., born

September 6, 1861 Grant moves into Paducah

September 6, 1863 Confederate Generals John S. Marmaduke and Lucius M. Walker fought a duel near Scott, AR (Pulaski County)

September 8, 1828 General Joshua Chamberlain, U.S., born

September 10, 1836 General Joseph Wheeler, C.S., born

September 10, 1863 The Arkansas State Gazette suspended operations after Union forces captured Little Rock

September 11, 1861 Union victory at Cheat Mountain

September 14, 1863 The Fifth Kansas Regiment under the command of Colonel Powell Clayton was dispatched to Pine Bluff to restore law & order

September 15, 1862 Jackson captures Harper’s Ferry

September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam

September 19, 1863 Battle of Chickamauga

September 19, 1864 Battle of Winchester

September 19, 1861 James Henderson Berry, later the 14th Governor of Arkansas, joined the Confederate Army in Carrollton (Carroll County)

September 20, 1864 Charles Mitchel, who served briefly as U.S. Senator before resigning his office due to secession of Arkansas, died in Hempstead County

September 24, 1864 Sheridan lays waste to the Shenandoah Valley

(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014 and The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture calendar, 2011)

Hope to see all Tuesday night for a wonderful program.

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Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas

2nd Presbyterian Church

Rooms 62-63

August 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

President, Jan Sarna, called the meeting to order.

Introduced Chris Bills as a new member.

A quorum was present. 

Per Brian Brown, Treasurer, we have not received any of our money from Google Ads for the past 8 to 10 months. The issue is that according to the IRS, the Tax ID number that we have been using is not ours. No one is sure where we got this tax id number. To solve this problem, we need to dissolve our present corporation. Motion was made and seconded, to dissolve the present corporation to resolve this problem. Motion passed. 

Rick Meadows was the Chairperson for the Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail. This is a volunteer position. It was asked of this group for a volunteer to take over this position. This question will be asked again at the September meeting.

Member Mark Bash brought some Arkansas Confederate money.

Meeting was adjourned and the next meeting will be September 23, 2014.

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