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    Our 39th Year Meets Fourth Tuesday, January-November/Founded March 1964 
    Fletcher Branch Library, H & Buchanan (East of University Ave.), 
    Little Rock Program at 7 p.m. 
    Dues $15 Per Year VISITORS WELCOME! 
 The Battle of Fitzhugh Woods
by Dr. Herbert L. Lunday
& Larry Lunday

Due to a last-minute conflict, Dr. Tom DeBlack (who has a Tuesday night class second semester) will be unable to be with us this month (he WILL be scheduled for a later appearance). 

But, when one door closes, another opens, and we have the opportunity to learn about a little-known Arkansas Civil War battlefield, the Battle of Fitzhugh Woods (near Augusta in eastern Arkansas). (Betcha you never heard of it!)

In 1864, Gen. Dandridge McRae (CSA) was pursuing his duties of collecting and reorganizing Confederate absentees in northeast Arkansas, while also assuming command over that portion of the state lying between the White and Mississippi rivers. Without McRae's knowledge, Col. Christopher C. Andrews (USA) had been assigned the task of ridding the area of Confederate troops. The two forces ultimately clashed approximately six miles north of Augusta on April 1, 1864, very near the present-day community of Fitzhugh.

In November 1984, following many years of curiosity, some brief research, and a little luck, the battlesite was finally re-discovered by Herbert L. Lunday, his father Herbert H. Lunday, and his brother Larry A. Lunday. The Lundays have since documented the battle and the battlesite in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation to be enjoyed by all who appreciate the details and historical value of the event.

During the presentation, Dr. Herbert L. Lunday tells the story of the battle from the perspective of the two commanding officers, shows numerous modern-day photographs of relevant area landmarks, and presents relics recovered from the battlesite.

Herbert H. Lunday is a retired homebuilder and long-time resident of Augusta, where he and his wife live. Larry Lunday grew up in Augusta, and received an AB degree from ASU in Jonesboro.  He and his family live in Searcy, and he works for Entergy here in Little Rock.  He's an avid reader with a particular interest in military history.

Herbert L. Lunday is a native of Augusta, and lives with his family in West Plains, Mo.  He holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of Arkansas/Fayetteville, and serves as dean of Student Services at SW Missouri State University/ West Plains.

We are fortunate that Larry Lunday called and told me about this program, just as we were facing the dilemma of replacing Dr. DeBlack. What a wonderful circumstance! The Lundays are interested in at least placing markers at the battlesite, and the property owner is even amenable to having the battlesite preserved.

This is an excellent kick-off program, and you won't want to miss it!

OUR THANKS to Beau Cantrell for his always-excellent presentation for the third year in a row.  He is a fine speaker and an outstanding researcher.  We're lucky to have him. This year, he's asked to have us move his talk from the November meeting to a more weather-friendly time of the year and we'll work on that.  (Which is why you won't see his name on the list of programs to come...yet.)

WE VOTED to raise our dues to $15 a year, individual or family, with those who have already paid "grandfathered in."
But if you have NOT yet paid your 2003 dues, consider this your first "bill," and bring your check to Tuesday's meeting (or just mail it to the address above).And try to recruit at least one new member during the year!

WE HAD A LITTLE MIX-UP on the election of officers in November, because Jan Sarna had found out that he would be unable to move up. So after some scrambling, we got our webmaster, Charles Durnett, to agree to serve as president this year.  We don't have a vp/program chairman yet, but since all the program slots have been filled by the redoubtable Jan Sarna (who was vp/program chairman for 2002), it should be a problem to find someone to introduce the speakers...
Any takers?


February 25, 2003--Drew Hodges, North Pulaski CWRT, General Pete Longstreet.

March 25, 2003--George Davis, the 6th Arkansas Infantry.

April 22, 2003--Supt. John Scott, Pea Ridge NMP, Pea Ridge Today.

May 27, 2003--Cal Collier (confirmed), Topic to be announced.  We're so glad Cal is going to be able to come this year, after missing last year's annual appearance due to health problems.

June 24, 2003--Randy Philhours, Paragould, The Marmaduke-Walker Duel.

July 22, 2003--Rob McGregor, Little Rock, Jefferson Davis, Before & After the Civil War.

August 26, 2003--Dr. Brian Steel Wills, Topic to be announced.

September 23, 2003--Dr. Dan Sutherland, The University of Arkansas, Guerilla Warfare.

October 28, 2003--Landon Smith, Jackson, Miss, Prairie d'Ane.

SPEAKING OF HEALTH, we continue to maintain contact with Bill O'Donnell, living at the Arkansas Hospice for the past several months, who had a good Christmas with his family, and is still fighting the good fight.
You might want to drop him a card at 5615 Evergreen, Little Rock 72205.

WE'RE SHARING with you this issue articles from the CWRT of Montgomery County (MD), and the North Carolina CWRT, which we hope you'll enjoy, and also include the information on the 2003 Confederate Historical Institute, to be held in Lexington, Ky., with tours of Perryville battlefield, Mill Springs battlefield, and the John Hunt Morgan Raid Historic Trail, led by Ed Bearss.

WE'RE GETTING a good response to the "Refighting The Civil War" article, nearly 10,000 reprints of which have been mailed out all over the country by HERITAGEPAC.  We have also sent out several dozen videotapes of the CSPAN2 video on "Civil War Battlefields & Slavery," a discussion held at the University of Richmond in September, featuring Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley, chief historian of the National Park Service; Robert K. Krick, retired chief historian at Fredericksburg battlefield; Dr. Edward Ayers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Virginia, and yours truly.

The battle goes on...  Help if you can...

the Lundays and Fitzhugh Woods...BE THERE!

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