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



    Don Nall

    Helena, Arkansas. (Photo courtesy of the Arkansas History Commission)The river port town of Helena, Arkansas was a strategic site on the Mississippi River during the Civil War. Located 70 miles downstream from Memphis, it served as a staging area for the Union in supplying troops and material for Grant during the siege of Vicksburg. The program looks at the town itself, its significance during the Civil War and the Battle of Helena in July of 1863 as the Confederate forces under Theophilus Holmes attempted to retake the town for the confederacy.

    Don comes to us from Camden by way of a number of pastoral assignments throughout the state. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and holds a Doctor of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His retirement has brought him to Little Rock to be closer to his two hobbies; grandchildren and the civil war. A longtime Civil War Buff, he has presented many programs before roundtables in the area.

    Some of you may be thinking that you remember Don Hamilton was supposed to be the speaker. Well you are right. Hamilton tumbled from a ladder a while back and fractured his pelvis (ouch). Although able to get around on crutches he is not yet 100 percent.  Don Nall has graciously agreed to swap programs.

    A BIG

    Cal Collier

    The officers and members of the CWRT of Arkansas want to take this opportunity to thank Cal and Mel Collier for bringing us the program last month. 

    Sometimes we do not stop and take the time to acknowledge the traditions that come to us through the years. Cal has presented programs to us for as many years as anyone can remember. After they moved to Maryland, this has become long distance relationship. Yet each May they make the effort to return to us and they only leave us after Cal has imparted some of his vast knowledge of our history.

    They make a valiant effort to visit us each year and we should make sure that they know we appreciate their efforts.


    June 28, 2005Don Nall
    Helena on the Mississippi
    July 26, 2005 – Don Hamilton
    The Tullahoma Campaign
    August 23, 2004 – Ron Fuller
    “If All of Arkansas Read the Same Book” is a program that brings an author into the state for a book tour. In the fall of 2005, they are trying to schedule Jeff Shaara and his book “GODS AND GENERALS”. We are working on a special event for CWRT members and will keep you informed as his visit nears.
    September 27, 2005 – Regular Meeting
    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!


    Randy Bladwin, President
    Don Hamilton, Vice President
    Brian Brown, Treasurer
    Brian Brown is still accepting dues of $15.00
    Chas. Durnette, Secretary/Editor



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    The last shot of the WBTS was fired in the Bering Sea in June 1865 by the CSS Shenandoah, the only Confederate ship to sail around the world.


    "Maurice Liverman, of Company A, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Frazier's Farm June 30th, 1862, and turning to some of his comrades, he said: "Boys, I can't live much longer, so hold me up so that I can fire one more shot and kill one more Yankee before I die, to get even with them for my own death."
    His comrades complied with his request."

    <>One of his comrades was his brother Hardy Liverman. Hardy, told the family and it has been passed down by oral tradition.

    Hardy said he was the one who helped Maurice take aim on that last shot of revenge and that it did kill a damyankee. [Hardy himself was wounded and captured there and again wounded and captured at Gettysburg. He returned home defiant and unreconstructed for the rest of his long life.

    Never count a Confederate dead when he has one shot left.


    The first ironclads to go into combat were Yankees...  Andrew Foote's "Pook turtles" which went into action at Fort Henry on the Tennessee River (USS ESSEX, CARONDELET, CINCINATTI, and ST. LOUIS) on February 6, 1862.  Eight days later (February 14) the PITTSBURG, CARONDELET, LOUISVILLE, and ST. LOUIS took on Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River.  These six gunboats played a key role in what would turn out to be the downfall of the Confederacy after this point in time.

    The VIRGINIA was the first ironclad to fight another ironclad, but she was by no means the first one in combat.



    <>The years had passed but time had treated Col. John Mosby well. The man who had once confounded Yankee commanders and terrorized their men indeed found himself at peace after the fighting had ended, but the old warrior kept himself continually busy  practicing law and traveling widely, serving as Consul to Hong Kong and representing railroad interests, writing and lecturing. Through it all, he never seemed to forget those who had served with him, and especially those who had died in the struggle.

    Once, while in California, the Colonel called on the son of a fallen comrade. The host had been but a boy when his father, Mosby’s good friend, had been killed in 1864, and the officer, by then in the seventh decade of his long life, was the family’s most welcomed guest. While there, stories were shared and the youngsters of the household became captivated by the Legend’s presence.

    Soon, one of the children had the old man out and on horseback. In a recreation of glories long past, Mosby assumed the role of himself, the leader of a band of partisan rangers. The boy on that day became Robert E. Lee. Together the two, one growing old and the other a child destined for greatness in the Twentieth Century went back in time and fought again for a cause they thought noble and just. Colonel John Singleton Mosby, ‘The Gray Ghost of the Confederacy,’ and a lad named George S. Patton, Jr.

    ——from the new book “Rebel Reader: 500 Things You Probably Never Knew About the Civil War” by Barry Price.



    News from

    Thomas Eishen Online

    <>My reenactment list has continued to grow and I have added the drill location making it easier for prospective recruits to find a company in their area.

    Coming in August, more photographs of major battlefields including photographs of Gettysburg showing the recent tree removal around Devil's Den.

    <>After 15 years of work, my first novel, Courage on Little Round Top is now available online from, Barnes and, The Twentieth Maine Store, Maine Historical Society, and  Autographed copies are also available from my website  (  <>

    Courage on Little Round Top is the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Robert Wicker, the young officer Chamberlain captured during the 20th Maine's charge down the bloody slope of Little Round Top, and the events that brought them together.

    I've been very encouraged by the reviews I have received from reenactors.

    From Robert A. Niepert,

    Florida Reenactors

    . . The battle for Little Round Top is brought to life straight from the pages of Eishen's book. A lot of thought was put into the author's portrayal of what may have been said between the everyday soldier and his friend and the worry, ideas and casual comments of his commanders.  Let your mind relax from the historic text book type reading that we all usually partake of and enjoy a historically accurate novel just for the fun of it.


    Glory Was Not Their Companion

    The Twenty-Sixth New York Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War 
    Paul Taylor

    54photographs & illustrations, maps, notes, appendices, bibliography, index 231pp. hardcover (7 x 10) 2005 Available for immediate shipment 

    This is a story of New Yorkers who were recruited primarily from the gentle farmlands of central New York—young and middle-aged, American and European, farmer and tradesman, poor and well-off—all of whom were among the first to step forward and answer their fledgling nation’s call during the Civil War. Though those young men marched proudly off to war anticipating glory and quick victory, victory was usually absent and glory was not their companion. Official accolades never seemed to materialize, and death soon wrapped its cold arms around the “Second Oneida” with a vengeance experienced by very few other blue-clad regiments. To be fair, more often than not the regiment was placed in difficult, often impossible tactical situations, which resulted in the New Yorkers being forced to leave the field in disorder. They did their best and played their small role in a much bigger production whose results helped to shape America into what it is today.

    This work covers the regiment’s entire two-year term of enlistment from May 1861 to May 1863. Glory Was Not Their Companion draws upon numerous unpublished letters and diaries from the collections of individuals, private libraries and public institutions, as well as contemporary newspapers and obscure government documents. Appendices cover the order of command within campaigns and post assignments. Also included is a regimental roster listing the 1,182 men who served in the Twenty-sixth.

    About the Author
    Historian and writer Paul Taylor lives in the Detroit, Michigan, area. He is also the author of books on the Battle of Ox Hill and on Florida in the Civil War.

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    [LITTLE ROCK] ARKANSAS TRUE DEMOCRAT, February 22, 1860, p. 1, c. 2

    "Fashion is a Fickle Jade."

    But Mrs. R. A. Graham has just received the latest and most fashionable in Fancy Goods and can satisfy all that her's is the last and most approved style of the "fickle jade."  She has Bonnets, Ribbons, Dress Trimmings and all description of

    Millinery Goods.

    Also Dress Making attended to as usual

    Call and examine for yourselves, and such inducements will be offered as will insure a bargain to the purchaser.

    R. A. Graham.


    [LITTLE ROCK] ARKANSAS TRUE DEMOCRAT, February 22, 1860, p. 1, c. 2

    <>Garden Seeds.

    Just received, a fresh supply of the "Quaker" Kentucky Garden Seeds, and for sale by

                                                                                                    John Collins,

    Jan 25                                                                                                  Steamboat Landing. 


    [LITTLE ROCK] ARKANSAS TRUE DEMOCRAT, February 22, 1860, p. 1, c. 2

    <>Garden Seed.

    By late arrival, we are in receipt of a fresh lot of Kentucky Garden Seed, put up expressly for Southern use by Pitkin, Waird & Co., of Louisville.  Call and get a supply.

    Feb. 1, 1860   Hudson & Ives.


    [LITTLE ROCK] ARKANSAS TRUE DEMOCRAT, February 22, 1860, p. 3, c. 7

    Grand, Sublime and Novel Exhibition

    by the Ericsson and Hydrogen Balloon Company!

    Will exhibit at Little Rock, on Saturday, march 3d, 1860, in their Mammoth Wall Pavilion, Positively for One Day Only!  Circuses!  Menageries! and all other Exhibitions thrown in the shade by the Thrilling Sublimity of the most Stupendous Balloon exhibitions in the world!!  The unrivalled Aeronauts with this Company!

    Mr. W. J. Shotts, the greatest of American Aeronauts, and Mons. Le White, the great Daring, Foreign, Equiliptic Aeronaut having been engaged by this Company, at an immense expense to visit the principal cities and towns of the United States, for the purpose of making a variety of their unrivalled and magnificent Balloon Ascensions!

    The Company will distribute at each place where the Ascension takes place, $1,000 Dollars worth of Prizes to the audience, consisting of handsome Gold and Silver Watches, Magnificent Gold Jewelry, Beautiful Gold and Silver Pencils, and Admission Tickets to Prof. Pyrington's Grand Fire Works Exhibition, for the 5th of July. 

    Admission tickets to the Balloon Exhibition, only one dollar, each one admitting the holder, and entitling them to one of the prizes. Admission without a prize 50 cents.

    N.B.—Should the weather prove unfavorable, the Ascension will come off the next fair day

    For full particulars, see small and descriptive bills. 


     [LITTLE ROCK] ARKANSAS TRUE DEMOCRAT, March 7, 1860, p. 2, c. 1

    The soubriquet of Johnny Crapand, no longer attaches to a Frenchman with its former significance, for both English and Americans have learned to consider frogs as good eating.  In the market houses frogs are sold, or rather the legs are sold at two dollars a hundred.  Restaurants and hotels serve them up as a choice dish.

    As an evidence of the demand for this luxury, we see it stated that an enterprising firm have recently prepared large ponds in New Jersey as froggeries for breeding these batrachian table delicacies.  Superior breeds have been introduced and, no doubt, the future journalist will hereafter record enormous legs of frogs, weighing ever so many ounces, as they now make items of the weight of cattle or sizes of huge vegetables. 

    McClellan's War

    The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union

    Ethan S. Rafuse

    How political beliefs shaped the war strategy of one of the Civil War's most controversial generals.

    "A superb piece of historical scholarship. Rafuse has crafted a book that is groundbreaking in its conception." —Joseph L. Harsh, author of Confederate Tide Rising: Robert E. Lee and the Making of Southern Strategy, 1861–1862

    "Brings something new, or at least relatively unknown, to the 'McClellan debate.' . . . It is the first work I have read that explains McClellan's approach in a way that is both somewhat favorable and satisfactory, showing the basis of McClellan's views." —Brian K. Burton, author of Extraordinary Circumstances: The Seven Days Battles  <>

    This biography of the controversial Union general George B. McClellan examines the influences and political antecedents that shaped his behavior on the battlefield, behavior that so frustrated Lincoln and others in Washington that he was removed from his command soon after the Union loss at Antietam. Rather than take sides in the controversy, Ethan S. Rafuse finds in McClellan's politics and his desire to restore sectional harmony ample explanation for his actions. Rafuse sheds new light on the general who believed in the rule of reason and moderation, who sought a policy of conciliation with the South, and who wanted to manage the North's military resources in a way that would impose rational order on the battlefield.

    Ethan S. Rafuse is author of A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and Battle of Manassas and George Gordon Meade and the War in the East. He has taught history at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and the U.S. Military Academy and is an associate professor of military history at the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College. He lives in Platte City, Missouri.

    Sales territory is worldwide.
    544 pages, 17 b&w photos, 11 maps., bibliog., index, 6 1/8 x 9 ¼
    $35.00  <>

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