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    Our 40th 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. 
    Brian Brown, President  /  Charles O. Durnett, Editor, 
    Dues $15 Per Year VISITORS WELCOME! 

    Command Control and Politics

    In Civil War Arkansas


    Gaylord M.  Northrop, 

    Dr. Engr.

    Command Control and Politics in Arkansas during the Civil War begins in the Confederacy with President Jeff Davis, Secretary of War LeRoy Walker, Adjutant General Cooper, and extends to General Sydney Johnston, Commander of Department 2, in which Arkansas began as a Confederate state under Henry Rector as Governor.

     Below that level, BG Nicholas Pierce, BG James Yell, and BG Ben McColluchare are to be found. BG William Hardee joins this group briefly in 1861.  He is followed by MG Earl Van Dorn, MG Thomas Hindman, MG Theophilus Holmes, and Lt. General Kirby Smith. Col. Harris Flanigan became  Governor in 1862, replacing Henry Rector. MG Sterling Price, a Missourian, spent most of his Civil Wartime in Arkansas, eventually commanding all the Arkansas Rebel forces, and leading the “Great  Raid” into southern Missouri in late summer and fall of 1864.

    Henry Massie Rector (1860-1862)

    Similar military command control personalities and politicians can be listed for the Union side.    The presentation will attempt to interweave the personalities on both sides with the conduct and results of most of the more significant battles that took place in Arkansas during the Civil War.
    Gaylord, a Native Arkansan, born in Little Rock and raised in Sylvan Hills (now Sherwood), playing on the football team, and graduating in 1946. Then attended the University of Arkansas, receiving a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in June 1952.  In Fall 1953, he became a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Yale University, where he received his Master of Engineering degree in 1955, and his Doctor of Engineering degree in 1961.
    He joined the Graduate Institute of Technology at UALR in February 1987.   In 1988, he was asked to become the Interim Director of GIT, and became Director in 1989. At that time, he also became Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering Science and Technology at UALR, retiring in 1997, and is an Emeritus Associate Professor.
    His interest in the Civil War began in the early 1990’s,   with increased attention given to the Civil War in Arkansas during the last several years.    He has made at least six Civil War Tours with Jerry Russell and Ed Bearss.  His Civil War Library encompasses over 250 books, more than 50 involving .the Civil War in Arkansas and the Trans-Mississippi. 


     August 24, 2004 --

    Supt. Ralph Jones, superintendent of
    Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site,
    ”The Battle of Honey Springs“ 


    September 28, 2004 --

    Don Montgomery, Historical Interpreter,
    Prairie Grove Battlefield. The Biennial Reenactment  

    October 26, 2004 --

    Our Annual joint meeting with the North Pulaski Roundtable to hear Mark L. Cantrell, historian, of El Reno, OK 

    November 23, 2004 --

    Drew Hodges, speaking on  “A. P. Hill” 

     Election of Officers 

    December 2004 –

     No meeting Scheduled in December

     January 25, 2005 – TBA

    February 22, 2005 - TBA

    March 22, 2005 - TBA

    April 26, 2005 –

    Tom Ezell,   The Battle of
    Jenkin's Ferry, 141 ST Anniversary

    We Who Study

    Must Also Strive To Save!


    30th Annual Congress of Civil War Round Tables
    October 7-10, 2004

    Grant vs the Disparte Confederate Trio: Jeff Davis and Gens. Pemberton and Joe Johnston

    Featuring insightful talks, great camaraderie and two full days of guided tours of

    Chickasaw Bayou
    Grant's Canal
    Grand Gulf
    Port Gibson
    Vicksburg NMP
    USS Cairo

    and another optional full day of tours of

    Rocky Springs
    Champion Hill
    Big Black Bridge

    Tours Led By Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service,
    and Terrence Winschel, Vicksburg NMP

    Sponsored by Civil War Round Table Associates
    9 Lefever Lane, Little Rock AR  72227 /

     501-225-3996 /<>

    Registration Fee: See CWRT Website; Includes Motorcoach Tours, Sessions, Meals as indicated.

    Does Not Include Lodging.

      Headquarters: Ramada Inn Southwest Conference Center,
    1525 Ellis Avenue, Jackson MS 39204

      (Speakers, Topics are subject to change.


    for registration form)


    Dear Civil War and Preservation Friends:

            In the spirit of attempting to fulfill the wishes of Jerry Russell prior to his death in December, 2003, we will hold the 30th annual Congress of Civil War Round Tables in Jackson, Mississippi, focusing on the Vicksburg Campaign.

             Jerry wanted this Congress to be held in Vicksburg/Jackson so we could honor Ed Bearss in the place where, almost 50 years ago, he began his career.  As all of you know, Ed's contribution to Civil War history and preservation is unparalleled.

             Ed drew a line through the portion of the program that I had set aside as a tribute to him (Ed) when I sent him a tentative program for approval.  Therefore, you won't see that tribute reflected hereon.  However, it will occur...just don't mention it to Ed.  Since he won't get this e-mail, he won't know if you don't tell him!

            I hope to see you in Vicksburg/Jackson!                                                       
    Alice Anne Russell




     Here are some additional tours:
    Aug 31 to Sept. 3
    Contact info:  Call 1-888-741-2437
    or visit http:/

     Itinerary: August 31 (Tuesday)- arrive Clarion Hotel, Alexandria La. for reception, dinner and welcoming lecture in the evening

     Wednesday - Old River, Ft DeRussy, Simmesport, Mansura, Yellow Bayou and Dunn's Bayou

     Thursday - Henderson, Hall, Monett's Ferry, Blair's Landing, Bailey's Dam, Natchitoches, Grand Ecore, Finerille, Ft Buhlow and Ft. Randolph.

     Friday - Pleasant Hill and Mansfield


    CONTACT INFO: Same as above.


    Wednesday, November 3 - reception and dinner at Hotel Preston, Nashville, TN.       

     Thursday   - Fort Henry and Fort Donelson

    Friday - Stone's River, plus Forrest's Raid on Murfreesboro.

      Saturday - Hood's 1864 campaign: Columbia, Spring Hill. Franklin, Nashville


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    At a previous meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, we heard the following report from our affiliate organization the Central Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail. Each November we participate in electing the officers to this organization. In addition, a copy of ARKANSAS BATTLEFIELD UPDATE is provided to each member of the CWRT.

     Arkansas Battlefield Update
    Winter, 2003 Volume 11, Number 4
    Published quarterly by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
    An agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage
    CACWHT works on battlefield marker
    By Tom Ezell
    CACWHT Chair
    Members of the Central Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail met with the Little Rock Parks Department on Nov. 18 to finalize plans to relocate a marble marker to the Bayou Fourche battlefield site near the current Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas marker on Frazier Pike.  The new marker will be dedicated to the memory of the soldiers, Union and Confederate, who fought at Bayou Fourche, and will be moved into its new location within the next couple of weeks.
    On Jan. 10, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock commemorated the 140th anniversary of the trial and execution by hanging of David O. Dodd by unveiling a new display featuring a memorial stained-glass window featuring the boy’s likeness.  Stephan McAteer, executive director of the museum, arranged to bring the window back to Little Rock after he discovered that it was stored, rather than displayed, at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.
    The window, on a one-year loan from the Richmond museum, was displayed at the Arkansas Museum of Science and History, now the Museum of Discovery, from 1990 to 1998.  “It’s a beautiful piece of art, and we love to have it on display for Arkansans who couldn’t make it to Richmond,” McAteer said.
     Following the unveiling, the museum formally opened its fundraising campaign to repair and restore the bronze Capital Guards monument that stands in front of the old Arsenal building in MacArthur Park.  Erected in 1911 in memory of the “Flower of Little Rock,” the Capital Guards of the 6th Arkansas Infantry Regiment, the monument has deteriorated significantly over the past 90 years from the ravages of weather and vandalism.  The MacArthur Museum has contracted with a conservator in Missouri to repair and restore the bronze statue, and in the next few weeks the statue will be dismantled and sent to Missouri for restoration. 
    The amount needed to professionally clean, repair and restore the statue is $35,000.  The museum has raised $20,000 of this amount through grants and large donations, and is now actively soliciting to raise the remainder of the funds to complete the restoration.  During the museum program, the United Daughters of the Confederacy fund for Confederate sculptures in Arkansas presented the MacArthur Museum with a check for $5,000 toward the restoration of the Capital Guards monument.  To contribute to the museum’s conservation effort, call the Arkansas Military Heritage Foundation at (501) 376-4602, or visit and click on the link to “Preserve the Capital Guard Monument.”
    Repair and restoration of the Capital Guards statue is expected to be complete and the sculpture returned to Arkansas in time for a May 15, 2004, unveiling, and re-dedication.
    The often-told story of Dodd’s role in Arkansas history was presented in an unprecedented way this year—through a historical reenactment of the boy’s trial, presented by the Central Arkansas Civil War Preservation Association and the 6th Arkansas and 37th Illinois reenactors.  The 90-minute performance recreated Dodd’s trial, from the opening statements to the boy’s plea for mercy.  Following this reenactment, the annual memorial service for David O. Dodd was held at Little Rock’s Mount Holly Cemetery.
    Members of the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Protection Society met with representatives of the Civil War Preservation Trust  in Jacksonville on Jan. 13, to discuss strategies to expand protection for key areas of the Reed’s Bridge battlefield, and to tour the areas already taken under the society’s wing.
    Coordination is nearing completion to begin investigation and documentation for the Sutton Mound, a suspected Confederate mass grave associated with the April 1864 battle of Prairie De’Anne, near Prescott in Nevada County.  Research proposals by the University of MissouriColumbia and Washington University in St. Louis have been approved, and fieldwork is expected to begin in early February 2004.
    The Little Rock Campaign driving tour guide has been well received and additional copies have been published by the Little Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  All requests for the Little Rock Campaign driving tour brochures should be made to the City of Little Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, P.O. Box 3232, Little Rock, AR 72203.  Copies may be obtained by writing the bureau or calling (501) 370-3290, attention Cathy Cerrato.
    The CACWHT meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month jointly with the Civil War Roundtable of Little Rock (except in December, when there is no meeting) at the John Gould Fletcher Library at H and Buchanan Streets in Little Rock.  The Civil War Roundtable programs are excellent and guests are encouraged and welcome to attend.  CACWHT volunteers are very much needed to help with projects, including ongoing maintenance of the existing nine interpretive panels located in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Brownsville, Jacksonville, and Scott.  For more information, call Tom Ezell at (501)682-0876 or (501) 961-1937.
    For more information on the Reed’s Bridge Preservation Society, call Tommy Dupree at (501) 833-0265. The Society’s meetings are held each month at 12:30 p.m. at the new Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce building at 200 Dupree Drive, and are open to the public.  Donations can be made, and checks payable to the Reed’s Bridge Preservation Society, 600 Lynx Lane, Jacksonville, AR 72076.