JUST LIKE THE movies, we
are going to start with the previews and coming attractions. This
one has to do with the May Meeting. We have changed the date to May
11, 2004. As members remember our May speaker has been for a number
of years Cal Collier and we move the meeting depending on his
schedule. It is always well attended. This year it is:
7:00 p. m.
Fletcher Branch Library
Little Rock, AR
Also, remember that will be our 40TH
Birthday party. Ice Cream and cake will be provided.
THE WAR IN TENNESSEE
AT THIS MONTHS MEETING:
Brian spent a week on tour in Tennessee
(Shiloh) with Ed Bearss and will
make that battle the center of his presentation. As many of you know
he is a good photographer and Chronicaler when it comes to the Civil
Brian Brown is
a Little Rock
attorney who practices law with the Laser Law Firm (he plans to keep
practicing until he eventually gets it right!). He has been a
member of the Roundtable since age 10, has been president a couple
of times over the years, and has been treasurer since the dawn of
time. He is the author of a book on Civil War
genealogical research, and really needs no introduction.
Now seems like a good time to remind folks that if you haven’t paid
your 2004 dues, you can do so at the meeting. The dues are $15.00
annually for a family membership.
HERITAGE OF ARKANSAS
on the 140TH Anniversary of the Battle
of Jenkins Ferry.
Saturday April 24, 2004
Saline County Library
1800 Smithers Drive
9:00 to 3:00
Dr. Tom Deblack
Overview of the
The Battle, The Commanders, The Soldiers
The Legacy of the Battle
Dr. Robert Jones and Dr. Quinn Baber
From Mini Balls to Pocket Watches
PROGRAMS FOR 2004
Brian Brown, "The War in Tennessee"
*NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR MEETING*
Cal Collier, Towson,
"The Third Arkansas at Antietam."
AND the 40TH
June 22, 2004 --
Dr. Billy Gurley, Jr --
Southern Blood: The Remarkable Journal Of Dr. Henry M. Dye,
July 27, 2004 --
Gaylord Northrop, Sherwood,
”Command & Control in Confederate Arkansas“
August 24, 2004 --
Supt. Ralph Jones, Fort Gibson, Okla.,
of Honey Springs“
September 28, 2004 --
Don Montgomery, Historical Interpreter,
Prairie Grove Battlefield. The Biennial Reenactment is set for
October 26, 2004 --
This is our Annual joint meeting with
the North Pulaski Roundtable to hear Mark L. Cantrell, historian, of
El Reno, OK
23, 2004 --
Drew Hodges, speaking on “A. P. Hill”
Election of Officers
December, 2004 –
No meeting Scheduled in December
Dear Friends of the Battlefields,
I wanted to let you know about a
unique reenactment taking place in Spotsylvania County
May 7-9th, 2004. Please take a moment to review our
website. Although not complete, it has pictures of the trenches
being dug, down loadable video clips, and other general information
you may be interested in.
This event is the
first time Spotsylvania
has held a reenactment of the Battle of Spotsylvania in 40 years!
Since the preservation fight at Chancellorsville
last year there has been a renewed interest in seeing what heritage
tourism can do for the county. They are hoping to promote visitation
to the historic sites and events to show it can be economically
beneficial to protect our resources and assets.
county has dug over a quarter mile confederate trench – full scale
to the Mule Shoe! The Mule Shoe battle will take place at 5:30 AM
May 9th, complete with pyrotechnics and 4,000 reenactors!
There will also be the following:
Three battle reenactments
Fife & Drums
Educational programs for the children
. . .and much much more!
you all will be able to make it and continue your support to
preserve something so valuable to us that often gets overlooked.
Your concern is greatly appreciated. Any comments or suggestions
about the site or the event are gladly welcomed.
Robert Lee Hodge
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Marks' Mills State Park
Jenkins' Ferry State Park:
In the spring of 1864, three Civil
War battles took place in south central Arkansas that were part of the Union Army’s
“Red River Campaign.” The three state historic parks commemorating
these battles--Poison Spring State Park,
Marks’ Mills State Park
and Jenkins’ Ferry
part of the Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark.
first battle occurred near
at POISON SPRING on April 18 when Confederate troops captured a
supply train and scattered Union forces.
April 25 at MARKS’ MILLS, Confederate troops captured another Union
supply train. With the loss of two supply trains and the onslaught
of wet spring weather, the Union Army retreated from
Camden toward Little Rock.
April 29 and 30, Union troops fought off an attack by the
Confederates, and using an inflatable pontoon bridge, crossed the
River at JENKINS’ FERRY and
retreated to Little Rock.
at Jenkins' Ferry
The day after the
battle at Marks' Mills and under the cover of darkness, Steele, his
men, and what equipment they have left, cross the Ouachita River at
on a pontoon bridge. Steele has gone to great lengths to convince
Confederate scouts his troops have spent the night inside the safety
of the town. It is mid-morning before the Rebels realize they've
the pursuit, the Confederates lack the equipment required to build a
bridge across the Ouachita. An entire day passes before a hastily
constructed bridge transports the Rebels across the river on April
only hope of catching the fast-fleeing Federal troops is at the
rain-swollen Saline River
at Jenkins' Ferry, some 50 miles north. If Steele is able to put the
flooded river between him and Gen. Smith's troops, he will have at
least salvaged what remains of his army.
April 29. A
torrential rain is pounding Gen. Steele's troops and he's concerned
about crossing the Saline. As wagons, horses and mules bog down in
the quagmire, Steele and his men reluctantly make camp at Jenkins'
Ferry. Steele spends most of the night plotting ways in which he can
hold off advancing enemy troops while crossing the river at the same
time. April 30 dawns and the first Rebels to arrive at Jenkins'
Ferry find themselves facing the full force of Steele's army.
Steele's men are backed up to the
entrenched and protected from flanked attacks -- by an overflowing
creek on one side and a flooded swamp on the other.
The Battle of
Jenkins' Ferry begins after the first light of the foggy day.
Despite their disadvantaged position, the Confederates launch one
unorganized attack after another. Rebel commanders know that letting
up the pressure will allow Steele's army to cross the Saline and
By the end of the
bloody day, the South had lost nearly 1,000 soldiers at Jenkins'
Ferry, and the North nearly 700. But Steele's army did manage to
cross the river and continue its retreat to Little Rock.
Today these three
sites are preserved by the Arkansas State Parks system. All were
made part of the system in 1961. Richard W. Davies, executive
director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and a
self-professed Civil War buff, believes the significance of these
battles is that afterwards Union troops did not conduct another
campaign in southwest
"This led to the
salvation of many of the antebellum structures, including the
Confederate Capitol, at Washington, Arkansas,"
he said. Many of these buildings now comprise Old Washington
Historic State Park which, combined with Poison
Spring, Marks' Mill and Jenkins' Ferry, has been designated as the
Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark.
Davies said that
"even though individually, the three sites seem rather small, when
combined, they are the Red River Campaign in
Arkansas." While not as well known as
Gettysburg, Manassas or Vicksburg, Davies believes the Red River
Campaign sites are as significant in a way. "If you're a soldier
standing in the cold rain, miserable, scared, hungry and exhausted,
and someone is shooting at you, then your chances of getting killed
are just as great as they are at the bigger battles. If you do get
killed, you're just as dead as you'd be in Virginia. The Civil War in Arkansas was a mean,
nasty affair. There was little about it that was civil."
Our 40th birthday will be in
SEE YOU TUESDAY NIGHT
for Brian Brown and the war in Tennessee
GOD BLESS AMERICA