VOL. XXXIX, No. 3, MARCH 2003/FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 25
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.
Charles Durnett, President / Jerry L. Russell, Editor,
Dues $15 Per Year VISITORS WELCOME!
VISIT THE BATTLEFIELDS WHEN YOU CAN...WHILE YOU CAN
The 6th Arkansas Infantry, CSA
by George Davis
It is sad but true that most of us in our Round Table know very little about
Arkansas units in the War except, of course, for the 3d Arkansas Infantry in the
Army of Northern Virginia. Therefore, it will be a real treat to hear our fellow
member and old friend George Davis tell us about the 6th Arkansas Infantry, CSA.
George is an interesting and dynamic speaker and we can all look forward to an
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 30 YEARS we got snowed out. But the
situation developed a little early--early enough for there to be no doubt of a
cancellation. Our speaker, Drew Hodges, will be re-scheduled later in the year,
and we guarantee you, it will be a program worth waiting for.
PROGRAMS TO COME
April 22, 2003--Supt. John Scott, Pea Ridge NMP, Pea Ridge Today.
May 27, 2003--Cal Collier, Towson, Md., The Great Beefsteak Raid.
June 24, 2003--Randy Philhours, Paragould, The Marmaduke-Walker Duel.
July 22, 2003--Rob McGregor, Little Rock, Jefferson Davis, Before & After the
August 26, 2003--Dr. Brian Steel Wills, Topic to be announced.
September 23, 2003--Dr. Dan Sutherland, The University of Arkansas, Guerilla
October 28, 2003--Landon Smith, Jackson, Miss, Prairie d'Ane.
BECAUSE OF THE SNOW CANCELLATION, many of you didn't get to pay your 2003
dues. Once again, if you owe dues, your envelope (and this newsletter) will have
a red check mark. This will be your last newsletter if you have a red check mark
and don't pay your dues.
Bill O'Donnell is sinking, slowly but surely. He would certainly
appreciate being remembered with a note or card to 5615 Evergreen, Little Rock
Jerry Russell is improving, also slowly, from his January knee operation, and
expects to be with us at our March 25 meeting. He and wife will be off to
Lexington KY for the 24th Confederate Historical Institute, with Ed Bearss, in
DOWN SOUTH, there are big problems at the Mansfield (LA) battlefield:
Mansfield Civil War battlefield put on endangered list MANSFIELD, La. (AP)
A sprawling area of woods and pastures here has made a list of the most
endangered Civil War battle sites.
The Civil War Preservation Trust put the Battlefield of Mansfield on its
endangered list Tuesday because a lignite mining operation is eating up parts of
the site where Confederate Gen. Richard Taylor defeated Union Gen. Nathaniel
Banks in a pivotal battle on April 8, 1864.
The mine, run by power company AEP-Southwestern Electric Power and its Dolet
Hills Lignite operation, is seeking a permit to mine 58 more acres of the
battlefield, the group said. According to the Civil War Preservation Trust, only
12 percent of 177 acres of the 6,000 acre battlefield is protected from the
development. "Mansfield is one of the most important, if not the most important
Civil War battlefield in Louisiana and it is being dug up every day," said Jim
Campi, a spokesman for the preservation group. "We can't save everything, we're
certainly not trying to. But we think there is an opportunity here to save
more than has been done," Campi said.
The company and preservationists have been in talks, but they have not been
fruitful, Campi said.
In September, Swepco donated 41 acres, but much more of the battlefield
needs to be conserved, said Gary D. Joiner, a LSU-Shreveport history professor
and member of the Friends of Mansfield Battlefield. "We're not asking them to
stop the mine, but we are asking them to not mine anymore of the battlefield,"
"We'll continue talking with all the parties," said Mike Young, spokesman
for Swepco. "But we have to live up to our responsibility to provide
low-cost, reliable electricity to our customers." The protected parts of the
battlefield includes Honeycutt Hill, the spot Union forces held when they were
attacked by Taylor's troops in the late afternoon. The battle was important
because it stopped Banks from taking Shreveport in his campaign up the Red River
Valley, Joiner said.
Shreveport was the capital of Confederate Louisiana and a center for weapons
manufacturing, Joiner said.
An estimated 2,500 Union and 1,200 Confederate soldiers were killed in the
battle. Preservationists want to protect areas the Confederates fought on. "The
definition of hallowed ground for us is about where Americans fought and died
for their beliefs regardless of whether or not they were Confederate soldiers,"
Joiner said. "It's not about a Confederate flag issue, or a Confederate
monument..." We ask you to write to Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco, State Capitol,
Baton Rouge LA 70804, and ask that the State of Louisiana do all that is
possible to protect this battlefield against the depredations of Swepco's
lignite mining operation. Quote the AP story and explain that this is a matter
of national concern. Your letter might be the one to make the difference.
The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies
Department of History and Political Science
Southeastern Louisiana University
Presents THE SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL DEEP DELTA CIVIL WAR SYMPOSIUM
"Taking the War to the Yankees: Confederate Offensive Operations in the
American Civil War"
It will be held Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, 2003, at the War
Memorial Student Union Theater, Southeastern Louisiana University, in Hammond,
Louisiana. The Deep Delta Civil War Symposium continues its tradition of
bringing together nationally recognized historians for a scholarly discourse on
the American Civil War. Our own Jerry Russell was the featured speaker at
the first symposium. This year's symposium will feature nine of the
nation's finest Civil War scholars discussing themes, battles and personalities
relative to an examination of Taking the War to the Yankees.
Speakers include: Dr. Gary Joiner (LSU Shreveport); Stacy Allen (Chief
Historian, Shiloh National Military Park); Dr. William Shea (UofA Monticello);
Dr. William N. Still (University of Hawaii); Dr. Richard Lowe (University of
North Texas); Dr. Donald S. Frazier (Grady McWhiney Foundation); Charles
Alexander (Chief Historian, Antietam National Battlefield); and Dr. Charles
Roland (University of Kentucky).
For additional information concerning the symposium, write Deep Delta Civil
War Symposium, SLU 10730, Hammond LA 70402; E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>; or
See You Tuesday Night for George Davis and the 6th Arkansas Infantry, CSA.
We Who Study Must Also Strive To Save!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!