Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, July, 2015 Edition

This month, we are changing locations for the July 28th meeting!!!!!! Come early to eat before the meeting!!!! We will be meeting at Catfish City at 1817 S. University. The majority decided that we need to eat before we meet a couple of times a year. Be sure to come early and get a plate of wonderful catfish and all of the fixings. The meeting will begin at 7, but come early to eat. Also our scheduled speaker, Brian Brown, will not be able to attend this meeting. Glen Schwarz has graciously agreed to have a program about the Memoirs of Grant, Sherman, and Private William Bevens of Jacksonport, who was with General Patrick Cleburne when he fell. Thank you Glen for filling in.


Many thanks to Hank Simmons on last month’s talk.


Civil War History for the month of July

1-3, 1863, Battle of Gettysburg

4, 1862, rally at Big Creek in Sebastian County led men to enlist in military service

4, 1863, Vicksburg surrenders

5, 1801, Adm. Davis Farragut, US, born

7, 1862, Action at Hill’s Plantation ended in Union victory

8, 1864, Approx. 250 soldiers of the 10th IL Calvary moved out of LR to occupy Searcy

9, 1863, Port Hudson surrenders

12, 1862, Albert Pike resigned from his position in the Conf. army to protest Gen. Thomas Hindman’s extension of his authority over Indian Territory

13, 1821, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CS, born

13, 1861, Union forces secure West Virginia

13, 1862, First Battle of Murfreesboro

14, 1862, Hot Springs ended its tenure as Arkansas’ state capitol

18, 1863, Battle of Ft. Wagner

20, 1861, Company B, 1st AR Mounted Vol., transferred into Confederate service

21, 1961, First Battle of Bull Run

21, 1861, 1st AR Infantry Reg. participated in the Battle of 1st Manassas under Col. James Fagan

22, 1864, Battle of Atlanta

26, 1864, Action at Wallace’s Ferry ended in a draw

27, 1864, Conf. reportedly took almost 127 prisoners after attacking a Union camp at Massard Prairie

28, 1864, Skirmish was fought at Scatterville, near present-day Rector

29, 1862, “Alabama” sails out of England

30, 1864, Battle of the Crater

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


Minutes, June 23, 2015 meeting

Meeting was called to order by President, Jan Sarna.

Quorum was declared.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to move the business part of the meeting to after the speaker.

Lonnie Spikes introduced the speaker, Hank Simmons.

Treasurer reported that he had not received the bank statement but gave an accounting of monies spent in the month of June.

There is still a need for a chair to the Central Arkansas Heritage Trail. Brian Brown contacted Mark Christ for a job description: “The chair of the CACWHT promotes battlefield efforts and CW history in Conway, Perry, Saline, Faulkner, Pulaski, White, and Lonoke counties, represents the region on the ACWHT Foundation board, and writes an article on what’s happening in the region three times a year for the Arkansas Battlefield Update.”

Motion was made, seconded, and passed that for the month of July, we will move our meeting Catfish City.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6p.m. to eat and meeting at 7p.m at Catfish City.


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