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    VOL. XLI, No. 04, APR 2005
    Our 41th 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. 
    Randy Baldwin, President  /  Charles O. Durnett, Editor, 
    Dues $15 Per Year VISITORS WELCOME! 

    The 141ST Anniversary
    of the Engagement at Jenkins’s Ferry

    The Battle ... The Commanders ... The Soldiers


    Tom Ezell

    The marker at Jenkins Ferry

     The marker at Jenkins Ferry

    This site marks the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry, the last major Arkansas battle in Union General Frederick Steele's Camden Expedition during the Red River Campaign. The April 30, 1864 battle was fought in flooded, foggy conditions as General Frederick Steele's Union army desperately withstood Confederate attacks and crossed the Saline River to escape to Little Rock. The battlefield, now largely in timber production, is still prone to heavy spring flooding as it was when the two armies fought there.

    If the concluding battle of the arduous campaign had been a draw, the campaign as a whole had been a Federal disaster. Steele had not come close to accomplishing his mission of linking forces with General Banks in Louisiana. His only consolation was that even had he managed to punch through, Banks had been equally unsuccessful in moving into northern Louisiana. Indeed, it could be argued that had Steele succeeded in reaching Shreveport, he might have been in an even worse situation - isolated and cut off from both Banks and Little Rock and surrounded by two Confederate armies. As it was, he at least still controlled northern Arkansas where he had begun. Steele's most serious errors in the campaign were logistical. He did not anticipate the problems he would have in provisioning and supplying his men, and he lost far too many wagons and too much livestock. Kirby Smith, for his part, was content to return to Camden and solidify the Confederate hold on southern Arkansas.

    Yankee Tom EzellTom Ezell is a well-recognized local historian and long time member of the Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas. He spends much of his time leading Reenactors onto the filed of battle (occasionally as a Yankee). His Living History presentations are celebrated in the schools in the area.



    The Society for Women and the Civil War

    Have you registered for the 2005 Conference on Women and the Civil War yet?

    This year our Conference is cosponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. The Conference will be held June 3-5, 2005, at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

    Hope to see you in Blacksburg!
    For further information check

     OR Register on-line at 

    William Ross-Latimer Family

    In about 1998, there was a gentleman, whose name I do not recall, who was working on a book on the Civil War in Arkansas, and I lent him this 8X10 picture (SEE ABOVE) to use in the book. 

    I would very much like to have the picture back, as it is very special to me.  It is of the William Ross Latimer family of Nashville, Arkansas in about 1896.  William Ross Latimer, my great-grandfather, was a veteran of the 19th Arkansas, Dawson's regiment.

    If you could put out a feeler at your next CWRT meeting to see if anyone knows of the whereabouts of this picture, I would be most grateful.

    CONTACT: Donna Jean Glasgow <>



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    May 24, 2005
    Cal Collier – 3rd Arkansas at Gettysburg

    June 28, 2005
    Don Hamilton
    The Tullahoma Campaign

    July 26, 2005
    Don Nall
    Helena on the Mississippi

    August 23, 2004 – TBA

    September 27, 2005
    Terry Winschel,
    Historian - Vicksburg NMP –
    “A Tragedy of Errors:
    Failure of the Confederate High Command in the Defense of Vicksburg

     October 25, 2004 –TBA

     November 22, 2005

    Dave Gruenewald
    Pat Cleburne's Ireland


    Election of Officers

    December 2005 –

    No meeting Scheduled in December

     We Who Study Must Also Strive To Save!

    Engineer in Gray

    Memoirs of Chief Engineer James

     H. Tomb, CSN James H. Tomb 
    Edited by R. Thomas Campbell

    Chief Engineer James Hamilton Tomb (1839–1929) devoted almost 12 years of his early life to wartime naval service—first in the Confederate States’ Navy during the American Civil War and then in the Marinha do Brasil during the War of the Triple Alliances. A steam engineer by profession and a torpedo expert by circumstance, Tomb was in the forefront of naval weapons technology of the period. Tomb quickly amassed not only the knowledge required of a steam engineer, but also the courage and capacity to assume important positions of command. Within days of his commissioning, he was on his way to his first assignment—first class engineer on the CSS Jackson at New Orleans, Louisiana, a point of great strategic importance. Here, amid a tightening blockade and a growing fear of Federal attack from the Gulf, Tomb’s memoirs begin... 

    Tomb’s first-person narration is interspersed with explanatory comments from the author; the author also fills in Tomb’s life at the memoir’s beginning and end. Three appendices include documents by Tomb: “Submarines and Torpedo Boats, C.S.N.,” written in 1914 for the Confederate Veteran Magazine, a private manuscript Tomb wrote for his family describing in detail his experiences with the torpedo boat David and submarine H.L. Hunley, and “Reminiscences of Torpedo Service in Charleston Harbor,” published in 1877 in the Southern Historical Society Papers. A bibliography and a wealth of rare photographs complete the work. 

    About the Author
    Writer and historian R. Thomas Campbell lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania and Cocoa Beach, Florida.

    $45 Available for immediate shipment from McFarland & Company, Jefferson NC.

    Looking for well-documented insight into the naval forces of the Confederate Navy? Then this is the place to look. ...C.O.D.








    June 10 and 11, 2005


    Dr. William Feis (Buena Vista University, Iowa): "Grant's Secret Service"

    Mr. Kendall Gott (Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS): "Where Defeated Valor Lies: The Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign"

    Dr. Jim Hollandsworth (University of Southern Mississippi): "Mann's Foray: A Grierson-Type Raid that Failed"

    Dr. Gary Joiner (Louisiana State University at Shreveport): "Private William Henry King: No Pardons to Ask Nor Apologies to Make"

    Mr. Tim Smith (Shiloh National Military Park): "This Great Battlefield of Shiloh: History, Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park"

    Dr. Bill Still (Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii): "Confederate Naval Operations"

    Dr. Jerry Thompson (Texas A&M International University): "General Henry H. Sibley's 1861-1862 New Mexico Campaign"

    Dr. Brian Steel Wills (University of Virginia at Wise): "The Confederacy's Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest"

    Mr. Terry Winschel (Vicksburg National Military Park): "To Assuage the Grief: The Gettysburg Saga of Isaac and Mary Stamps"


    Here is a book for the teenager in you life. I gave it to my 14-year-old Granddaughter to read and she said,

    “I stayed up until midnight. I couldn’t stop reading it. That is really a good book”!

    She knows books, and I will happily take her word for it. – C.O.D.

    Annie, Between the States
    by L M Elliott

    Book Description

    The civil war has broken out, and Annie Sinclair's Virginia home, Hickory Heights, is right in the line of battle. Caught up in the rising conflict, Annie and her mother tend to wounded soldiers while Annie's older brother, Laurence, enlists in the Confederate cavalry under Jeb Stuart. Even Annie's rambunctious baby brother, Jamie, joins John Mosby, the notorious "Gray Ghost." Faced with invading armies, Annie is compelled into a riskier role to protect her family and farm. She conceals Confederate soldiers and warns Southern commanders of Union traps, and the flamboyant Jeb Stuart dubs her "Lady Liberty."

    Annie's loyalty is clear until a wounded Union officer is dragged onto her porch. Saved from a bullet by a volume of Keats' poetry he keeps in his pocket, Thomas Walker startles Annie with his love of verse. After several chance encounters, Annie is surprised by her growing interest in the dark-eyed Northerner as they connect through a shared passion for poetry.

    As the war rages on, Annie begins to question some of the values driving Virginia's involvement. Then tragedy befalls Hickory Heights, and Annie becomes the subject of a shocking accusation. She must confront the largest quandary of all: choosing her own course.

    L. M. Elliott crafts a stirring novel that carries readers from the Manassas battlefield to fancy-dress balls to the burning of the Shenandoah Valley while capturing the tenacious spirit of a young heroine facing an extraordinary, complex time in American history.

    New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age


     "So now I'm marching southward;
    My heart is full of woe
    I'm going back to Georgia
    To see my Uncle Joe(Johnston)
    You may talk about your Beauregard
    And sing of Robert Lee
    But the gallant Hood of Texas
    Played Hell in Tennessee."

    parody of the "Yellow Rose of Texas" as sung by Confederate soldiers.

     The Texas Tenth Infantry Regiment was organized in the fall of 1861 and was captured at the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863. The remaining men from the regiment were consolidated into the Army of Tennessee in July of 1863. It was under Patrick Cleburne that the regiment had the most impact which included the defense of Atlanta from Sherman's brutal march to the sea. The ten companies were as follows:

    • Company A(Grimes Boys)
    • Company G(The Labadie Rifles)
    • Companies B-F, H, I, & K came from scattered counties all over Texas

    APRIL 29, 30, MAY 1

    142th Anniversary of the Battle of Chalk Bluff - Piggott

    Come to Clay County, Arkansas and see the beautiful Chalk Bluff State Park (10 miles north of Piggott, Arkansas) for our Civil War Weekend and participate in the "Battle of Chalk Bluff." The event will take place on the actual battle site, a rare event now days. Amenities include powder for artillery, cavalry, infantry, water, firewood, hay, and a meal on Saturday evening.


    Friday, April 29th 4p to 6p –

    Sign in by Re-enactors & Living Historians.


    Saturday, April 30: 9:30 a - Officer's Call;

    9 a - Open to the Public –

    Camp Life Demonstrations around Park;

    10a - Talk on Arkansas in the War Between the States by W. Danny Honnoll;

    11 a - Cannon Demonstrations;

    Noon - Ladies Demonstrations of Refugee Camp;

    1 p - Marching & Rifle Firing Demonstrations;

    2 p - Re-enactment Followed by Grand Review Parade of Troops returning to Camp and

    3:30 p - Ladies Demonstrations of Refugee Camp.


    Sunday May 1; 10:00 a -Officer's Call;

    10:30 a - Open to the Public;

    11 a - Church Service by Rev. Terry Bandy;

    1 p - Memorial Service to Gen John Sappington Marmaduke

    2 p - Living History - Re-enactment followed by Grand review Parade of Troops returning to Camp.


    Throughout both days Living History Demonstrations by Ladies in Refuge.


    All branches of military and period impressions welcome. This event is hosted annually by Clay County, the North East Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails Committee, the SCV Shaver Camp #1655, of Jonesboro and the Gen. James F. Fagan Chapter #280, Military Order Stars and Bars, of Jonesboro.


    Artillery welcome but must contact before setting up and has to be on site before 10 am day of event. No registration fees for reenactors, sutlers, or living historians! Walkons must to be at site and registered 2 hours before any listed event. Artillery Contact: Delbert Hughes phone 870-598-3942; email , Infantry Contact Capt John Malloy 7th Ark Inf CSA phone (870) 269-5573; email or Danny Honnoll, Ark. Div. Cmdr SCV: phone 870-935-9830 , email


    Get an Arkansas Map and look for St. Francis on the Missouri/Arkansas border, NE Corner of Arkansas just north of Piggott.



    The Battle of Chalk Bluff, May 2, 1863  From Rugged and Sublime: The Civil War in Arkansas;

     At the same time that William Cabell was leaving Ozark to attack Fayetteville, another Confederate general was preparing to embark on a more ambitious raid. John Sappington Marmaduke, the son of a politically prominent Missouri family, had studied at Harvard and Yale before graduating from West Point in 1857. Beginning the war as a colonel in the Missouri militia, he had fought at Shiloh (Tennessee) and Prairie Grove. As the year 1863 began, the twenty-nine-year-old Marmaduke had already advanced to the rank of brigadier general. Sitting gracefully astride his horse, his long hair flowing down around his collar, the handsome young Missourian was the very embodiment of the Southern cavalier, and he exhibited the best and the worst characteristics of the breed, namely, unflagging courage and an inflated sense of personal honor.  In January, 1863, Marmaduke had led a raid on Springfield, Missouri, which convinced him that a Confederate show of strength in that state would rally Missouri's long-suffering Southern sympathizers. In March, he approached General Holmes with a plan for a second, larger raid. Holmes was skeptical. He feared (correctly, as it turned out) that Missouri Confederates would be hesitant to support Marmaduke unless they were given some indication of a permanent Rebel presence, and he warned that "Without this, though they would sympathize with us in their hearts, they would raise no hand to help us." He was finally persuaded by arguments that the raid would not only replenish Confederate supplies, but might also relieve the Federal threat on Arkansas and persuade Grant to dispatch some troops from his Vicksburg campaign to protect Missouri.  

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