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Our 42nd Year
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, Sep 26, 2006 Meets Fourth Tuesday, January-November Founded March 1964
Fletcher Branch Library, H
(East of University
Program at 7 p.m. Online: www.civilwarbuff.org VOL. XLII, No. 9, Jan Sarna,
President / Charles O. Durnett,
Dues $15 Per Year
VISIT THE BATTLEFIELDS WHEN YOU CAN...
WHILE YOU CAN
Snarling Cormorants of Newspaper Filth: " The Civil War Press of Arkansas."
Our speaker this month is Dr.MichaelB.Dougan,
author of Confederate Arkansas; The People and Politics of a Frontier State in Wartime
(1976) and Community Diaries: Arkansas Newspapering,
1819-2002. He taught history for 36 years at ArkansasStateUniversity.
The author of many articles and books on various aspects of Arkansas history, he has
been a regular speaker to the Roundtable for thirty years. A past president of
the Arkansas Historical Society and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, he endeavors to go canoeing on New
Dr.Dougan’s topic will concern itself
with another aspect of the Civil War, the newspapers. First, they fought a
civil war over the idea of secession, and then another one against or for the
controversial governor, HenryM.Rector,
and finally, the last remaining editor in Arkansas, Jno. R.Eakin
at Washington (old it is these days), carried on a
rear guard action until the war’s end.
Although editors were pied and the
type scattered, the double press held its own, unlike some Confederate armies.
the papers available during the War of Northern Aggression:
Harper's Weekly is filled with
important details of the critical precursors to the civil war. The
cover of the January 5,
1861 edition was an enlarged view of the Georgia Delegation in
Congress at the start of the Civil War.
THE FOLLOWING LIST OF NAMES REPRESENT
LOCATIONS ON WELL KNOWN BATTLEFIELDS.NAME THE WELL KNOWN BATTLEFIELD THEY ARE ASSOCIATED WITH.FOR EXAMPLE,THE “HORNETS NEST” IS ASSOCIATED WITH SHILOH:
WIDOW TAPP’S FARM
A Confederate head stone was placed
on the grave of Pvt. WilliamThompson, a Black Confederate who
served in the 16th South Carolina Infantry.
The headstone was set on January 15, 2006 at a
private cemetery in NW part of Conway. The men from Kansas City set the
Left to Right: Cmdr. EdKennedy of Camp 1857 of Kansas
City, Kansas; Roger Mills Cmdr.
Camp 615 of Conway, AR, Compatriot Tyrone Williams, descent of Thompson
who lives in Kansas City, Kansas, a member of Camp 1857; and Col. MarcWilliams.
Unlike many areas of the South, our section of northeast Arkansas never had a
monument or inscribed stone to the valor and sacrifice of our local Confederate
soldiers. This was possibly due to the limited resources of the citizens after
the war, the influx of carpetbaggers, as well as the lack of an aggressive UDC
Chapter in the 1920’s.
Whatever the reason, there is no mention of the hundreds of
men who fought with Cleburne,
and others. Many of these gallant men never came home to Arkansas
and now lay buried in unmarked graves across the Deep
In an attempt to correct the wrongs of the past, the men of
theCol. RobertG.Shaver Camp #1655 camp
banded together to form a non-profit foundation called the Northeast Arkansas
Southern Heritage Foundation.
The foundation was formed taking
members from the SCV, UDC, and the Northeast Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails
Association. One of the main projects for the foundation was locating a site
and building a Confederate soldier’s monument and park.
The site sets within the confines of two main roads leading
out of town with very high visibility and traffic flow. It was here, in 1861
and 1862 that men from northeast Arkansas
joined the Southern army and followed these roads into history.
The site ownership is now held in
the name of the Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655. The site has a present market
value of $35,000.00 and the site plan for the monument park has
been approved by the city planning commission.
Donations were made by contractors for dirt fill, site
leveling, weed control and fertilizer. An electrical
contractor is presently working on a list of materials to be donated for flag pole and monument lighting.
Additionally, a family has offered to donate a 3 foot metal fence to be placed around the site. A local
architect donated his time drawing final site plans. SCV members will erect the
four flag poles and set eight Confederate military
markers in front of the poles.
Three phase dedication.
The first dedication will be held
in association with our state SCV reunion next April in Jonesboro. The first phase will include the flag poles, historic marker, military stones, a concrete
base for the main monument, lighting, and fencing. The estimated cost of this
first phase including land is $43,700.00 most of which has been donated or
The second dedication will take place when money for the ten
foot high granite column with inscriptions is raised together with a family
memorial brick pathway, battlefield urn and landscaping . The estimated cost of
this second stage is $28,000.00. Money for this phase has not
yet been raised.
The third and final dedication will take place when the
bronze infantry soldier is erected on the granite
column. No cost estimates have yet been made for this last
The flag poles will fly the flag of
1776, the third national of the Confederacy, the battle flags of the period,
and the flag of Arkansas.
Every effort will be made to educate the citizens of
this community and region concerning their Southern history by conducting
living history events on site.
the 1911 Little Rock Veterans Reunion
Authors: RayHanley, SteveG.Hanley
# of Pages: 128
Arkansas seceded from the Union in 1861, opening a chapter in the state’s history
that would change its destiny for decades. An estimated 6,862 Arkansas
Confederate soldiers died from battle and disease, while some 1,700 Arkansas men died wearing Union
blue. Total casualties, killed and wounded, represented 12 percent
of the white men in the state between the ages of 15 and 62. Bloody,
hard-fought battles included Pea Ridge, Helena, Little Rock,
and the rare Confederate victory in southwest Arkansas at Jenkins’
Following the war, the 1911 United Confederate Veterans
Reunion included the largest parade ever in Arkansas. The Hanley’s book presents the Reunion in picture and word. The event
has largely been neglected by history books. From the monuments and veterans to the loyal reenactors
still gathering today, the story of the Civil War in Arkansas is remembered and preserved for
The authors, Little
Rock brothers Ray
with the help of many in the community, capture not only the war but also its
influence on the state’s culture for the century that followed. RayHanley is an executive with a
global technology company, and Steven
is the director of volunteer services for a major nonprofit organization
serving disabled children. Between them, they have produced a daily newspaper
column for 20 years and numerous Arkansas
Around Little Rock:
A Postcard History - AR
Jonesboro and Arkansas' Historic Northeast Corner Little Rock- AR
Sebastian and CrawfordCounties - AR
This Book is available at Wordsworth
Bookstore in the Heights, and the bookstore at the MacArthur Military Museum.
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The following is a tentative overview of the activities we
have planned for this year's Battle of Perryville 144th Anniversary Reenactment
weekend. All activities will take place at Perryville Battlefield State
Historic Site. Please check back in the future for more
specific times as we will continually update our schedule of events.
SunriseBattle - Battle of Pottsville
- The Battle of Pottsville
BettyJaneGorin - John Hunt Morgan’s Raid
& The Battle of Tebbs Bend
Gorin - Morgan Is Coming
Battle Area - Horse Drawn
Confederate soldier living history, Maney’s fence -
Dr.JamesKlotter - KentuckyDuring the
White Hall Presentation
Unreconstructed - Music History talk
Glenna Christen - Period Women's Clothing
Old FortHarrod Presentation
Lincoln - Davis Debate
Butler-Turpin House Presentation
Saturday Battle The Fight for LoomisHeights
Bill Christen - PaulineCushman
Liberty Hall Presentation
Bill Christen - Book Signing PaulineCushman;
Spy of the Cumberland
Colemans - The Haunting War
American Spiritual Ensemble
Ghost Walk -
Dance - Music by Unreconstructed
Bill Christen - Period Men's Clothing
Confederate soldier living history,
Battle Area - Cavalry
Demonstration & Competition
Lexington Vintage Dance
- Crinoline, Crape, and Corpses: 19th Century Funeral and Mourning Customs
- Frankfort: Kentucky's Embattled Capital and the Confederate Road to Perryville
Colemans - Love Letters
- Starkweather’s Brigade
Sunday Battle -
The Fight for the Open Knob
Lincoln - Davis Debate
- Kentucky - A State of Mind
DavidDickBook Signing Kentucky
Ongoing Throughout the Day
JillBailey - Emerald Zinnia Collection
DaleDerrick - Medical Display
The village will open to the public on Saturday till
Sunday camp will
again open at and
Activities and scenarios will be ongoing throughout the day.
The Singing Milkmaids will perform throughout Saturday and
Sunday hourly at the Opera House. The Opera House will be open Saturday evening
at for a special
Variety Show - Napoleon’s Conquest of Egypt.