Our 50th Year!
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 

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 

Lonnie and Jane Anne Spikes, Editors

 

Roundtable

 

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas  June, 2014 Edition

 

Richmond “Rick” Pearson Meadows

With a heavy heart, I must announce the passing of Rick Meadows, a long time member of the Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, avid Civil War historian, and strong support of historical preservation. Rick passed away on on Monday, June 16, 2014. We extend our sympathy and prayers to Rick’s family.

Tuesday, June 24th, 7:00p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian Church, our speaker will be Phillip H. McMath, writer, trial lawyer and Vietnam veteran, has combined an interest in history, his native South and war, to create a unique body of work in fiction, drama and journalism.

Some of his works:

The Hanging of David O. Dodd, a full-length play produced by The Weekend Theatre in March of 2011.

“History? Legend? Symbol?: The Story of David O. Dodd,” Pulaski County Historical Review, Vol. 61, Number 4, Winter 2013.

His awards:

The Booker Worthen Prize for Fiction for The Broken Vase, in 2011.

Recipient of the Arkansas Library Association’s – The Arkansiana Fiction Award for Lost Kingdoms in 2009.

Inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.

NEA grant for the publication of Native Ground.

Winner of l993 Freedoms Foundation Award in Communications for a free-lance article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1992.

Winner 1997 “FRIENDS OF WORDS” award for support of the literary arts in Arkansas sponsored by WORDS, the Arkansas Literary Society.

Let us all welcome Phillip Tuesday night.

June Events Around Arkansas

* 4th Annual Juneteenth Festival, commemorating the emancipation of Arkansas’s enslaved people and the people who fought and died for the cause, will be held June 21 in El Dorado. Call (870) 639-3935 or email secondchance1514@hotmail.com for more information.

* Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved Americans, will be held June 21 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock; call (501) 683-3593 or email info@mosaictemplarscenter.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Monroe County Courthouse in Clarendon from June 23 to July 6; call (870) 747-3802 for more information.

* Civil War Round Table of Arkansas will feature Philip McMath speaking about David O. Dodd when it meets at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on June 24; email brianb1578@aol.com for more information.

* “We Must Stand or Fall Alone,” an exhibit of Arkansas Civil War History, will conclude its run at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena on June 30; call (870) 338-4350 or email info@deltaculturalcenter.com for more information.

Civil War History for the month of June

6/1/1862, Lee was appointed commander of the Army of Virginia

6/1,2,3/1864, Battle of Cold Harbor

6/2/1815, General Philip Kearny U. S. was born

6/3/1808, Jeffreson Davis C.S. was born

6/5/1863, Stuart hosts Grand Review of his cavalry

6/6/1862, Memphis surrenders

6/8/1861, Tennessee formally sucedes

6/9/1863, Battle of Brandy Station

6/12/1862, Stuart begins ride around McClellan

6/15/1864, Petersburg Campaign begins

6/17/1861, Thaddeus Lowe demonstrates hot air balloon

6/23/1865, last formal Confederate surrender

6/25/1862 Seven Days Campaign begins

6/26/1864, Stoneman begins Arlanta raid

6/27/1864, Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

6/30/1864, Early marches toward Washington D.C.

(from Legends in Gray Calendar, 2014)

 

 

Rick Meadows

June 16, 2014

With a heavy heart, I must announce the passing of Rick Meadows, a long time member of the Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, avid Civil War historian, and strong supporter of historical preservation.

We do not know the funeral plans at this time, but will announce them as soon as possible.

Ashley’s & Jones’ Stations Battlefield Tour Brochurce

http://www.civilwarbuff.org/Places/Lonoke/ashley-jones-05232014101052.pdf

Note: This is a 16 mg download of the complete brochure so it might take a minute or two to download.

Our May meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 29 at Second Presbyterian Church.

The speaker will be Brian Brown on the topic of “The Battle of Shiloh – What you didn’t know”.

IMPORTANT: We will need to discuss an URGENT and very IMPORTANT matter at the May meeting. Please be there if you can!

Our 50th Year!
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

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 

Roundtable

RMeadows@aaamissouri.com / arcivilwarbuff@gmail.com 
Dues $20 Per Year
VISITORS WELCOME!
WHILE YOU CAN

 VISIT THE BATTLEFIELDS WHEN YOU CAN…

 

“The Spencer Rifle”

With

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

 

 

If you do not see the images attached below, please click to load in your browser: http://www.jcproductions.tv/eblast/civilwarblast/index.html

 

For more information contact:

Ouachita County Historical Society / Ouachita County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee

(870)836-9243

 

For Immediate Release –

Ouachita County and Camden, AR to host the

CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL WEEK

APRIL 14th-19th 2014

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Poison Spring and the Occupation of Camden AR during the Civil War

Camden, AR – The week of April 14, 2014, Ouachita County and Camden AR will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Union occupation of Camden, Arkansas and the Battle of Poison Spring. All scheduled events will be free to the public.

 

Following is a complete list of events and details:

Civil War Exhibit

Mon. April 14th – Sat. April 19th 9am-4pm

Location: Leake-Ingham Building next to the historic McCollum Chidester house

926 Washington Street, Camden, AR 71701

“Letters from the Civil War” presented by the Tates Bluff Chapter DAR

Monday April 14th 6:30pm

Presented Costumed re-enactors will share the experiences of the inhabitants of Camden during the Civil War on the outdoor stage at historic Postmaster’s Grill.

Location: on the outdoor stage at the Postmaster’s Grill downtown Camden

133 Washington St, Camden, AR 71701

Free Movie Screening of “GLORY”

Tuesday April 15th 6:30pm

Location: SAU Tech’s Ross Center located at

746 California Ave, Camden, AR 71701

“Living History”

Friday April 18th 9am-5pm & Saturday April 19th 9am-12noon

Costumed re-enactors will tell the stories of families who lived through the occupation. Visit with the soldiers and learn of the life of a soldier during the war. Location will be on Washington Street and California Avenue in Camden. Troops will be camped on Washington Street near homes that were occupied during the war.

Location: Troops of re-enactors will be camped along historic Washington Street in Camden.

Battle of Poison Spring Civil War Re-enactment

Saturday April 19th 2pm

Come commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Poison Spring with us. Union and Confederate forces will be conducting a battle upon the historic battleground.

Location: Poison Spring Battleground State Park

on Highway 76 in Chidester, AR.

For information contact White Oak Lake State Park at 870-685-2748

Closing Ceremonies

Saturday April 19th 6pm

Come to Coleman Stadium in Camden, AR to close the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Poison Spring with your friends and family. The closing ceremony will include choirs, presenting music of the Civil War, speakers and a commemoration to the soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Poison Spring.

Location: Coleman Stadium in Camden AR. 71701

 

“I can’t tell you how excited we are to invite guests to this amazing event in our area. The historical landmarks of the Civil War are a huge part of our city and county and to be able to commemorate such a significant part of our history is truly a community wide production”

James Lee Silliman, Chairman of the Ouachita County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee

 

All events are free and open to the public.

 

Presented by The Ouachita County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, Arkansas State Parks, The Camden News, Radio Works and The Camden Advertising and Promotions Committee.

 

For more information, contact:

Ouachita County Historical Society

(870) 836-9243

www.ouachitacountyhistoricalsociety.org

 

* For press inquiries for this event contact: JC Productions info@jcproductions.tv 870-837-2500

 

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Fort Steele Dedication

April 1, 2014

1. Governor’s Color Guard from Camp Robinson

2. Don Hamilton in his Federal Blue uniform

3. President Jan Sarna

4.  Members of the Roundtable

5. Rick Meadows, Master of Ceremony

6. Rev JB Minix, Gaines Street Baptist Church – who gave prayer (on left)

And Archie Moore, our key note speaker from the Ar Sesquicentennial Commission (on right)

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Seminar on the 150th anniversary of the Camden Expedition and the Battle of Jenkins Ferry flyer

150th Anniversary of the Camden Expedition and the Battle of Jenkins Ferry on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at the Saline County Library, 1800 Smithers Drive, Benton, AR.  This event is free but you must register.  This is an Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Event. Below is the schedule for the event:

9:30-10:30-Session I- “The Overview of the Camden Expedition”- Tom Ezell

10:30-10:45-Break

10:45-11:45-Session II-“Fagan and Crawford: Saline County’s Own”-Steve Perdue

11:45-1:00-Lunch On Your Own

1:00-2:00-Session III-“The Battle of Jenkins Ferry”-Roy Wilson

2:00-2:15-Break

2:15-3:15-Session IV-“The Remnants of War”- (a display of artifacts from the Battle of Jenkins Ferry)-Paul Wright

3:15-3:30-Questions and dismiss

If you have any questions, contact:

Steve Perdue

Head of Genealogy and Local History Department

Saline County Library

1800 Smithers Drive

Benton, AR. 72015

(501) 778-4766

stevep@salinecountylibrary.org

 

 Our 50th Year!
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014

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

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RMeadows@aaamissouri.com / arcivilwarbuff@gmail.com 
Dues $20 Per Year
VISITORS WELCOME!
WHILE YOU CAN

 VISIT THE BATTLEFIELDS WHEN YOU CAN…

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“Slavery”

With

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.