A fascinating view of the early years of 1900, centering on 1911.
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Remembering Arkansas Confederates
the 1911 Little Rock Veterans Reunion
Arkansas seceded from the Union in 1861, opening a chapter in the state’s history that would change its destiny for decades. An estimated 6,862 Arkansas Confederate soldiers died from battle and disease, while some 1,700 Arkansas men died wearing Union blue. Total casualties, killed and wounded, represented 12 percent of the white men in the state between the ages of 15 and 62. Bloody, hard-fought battles included Pea Ridge, Helena, Little Rock, and the rare Confederate victory in southwest Arkansas at Jenkins’ Ferry. Following the war, the 1911 United Confederate Veterans Reunion included the largest parade ever in Arkansas. The Hanley’s book presents the Reunion in picture and word. The event has largely been neglected by history books. From the monuments and veterans to the loyal reenactors still gathering today, the story of the Civil War in Arkansas is remembered and preserved for coming generations
The authors, Little Rock brothers Ray and Steven G. Hanley, with the help of many in the community, capture not only the war but also its influence on the state’s culture for the century that followed. Ray Hanley is an executive with a global technology company, and Steven is the director of volunteer services for a major nonprofit organization serving disabled children. Between them, they have produced a daily newspaper column for 20 years and numerous Arkansas history books.
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This Book is available in the bookstore at the MacArthur Military Museum.