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Our 43nd Year
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, AUG 28, 2007
Meets Fourth Tuesday, January-November
Founded March 1964
Second Presbyterian Church
600 Pleasant Valley Drive,
Program at 7 p.m.
VOL. XLIII, No. 8, Ron Kelly, President/
Charles O. Durnett, Sec-Editor,
Dues $15 Per Year
VISIT THE BATTLEFIELDS WHEN YOU CAN...
WHILE YOU CAN
[Do not forget that we have moved]
Gen. Jo Shelby, CSA
WAITING FOR THE FEDERALS
The Union folks away up north were one time much afraid,
'Bout something coming from the South, they said it was a raid.
Now I will tell you what it was, if you will just keep cool—
It had long ears, and a long slick tail, and called Jo Shelby's Mule.
Shout Boys, make a noise, the Yankees are afraid
That something's up and hell's to pay when
Shelby's on a raid.
Once this mule went on a spree, up close to
And every time he gave a snort he made the Blue Coats run.
Coming back through “Old Saline” he got into a trap,
He seared Old Brown, kicked up his heels, and came back safe to Pap.
Once I went to see Old Abe and found him in a rage,
Because this mule had started north, and just then crossed “sage.
Indeed, his anger knew no bounds, says I, “Sir, pray keep cool.”
“I can't,” said he, “I've lost so much by Shelby's long tailed Mule.”
Orville Shelby was born on
December 12, 1830 in Lexington, Kentucky.
wealthiest and influential families. J. O. Shelby attended
TransylvaniaUniversity and was engaged in rope
manufacturing until 1852 when he moved to Waverly, Missouri.
In Waverly, he engaged in various enterprises including steam-boating on the
and a hemp plantation. Being successful, Shelby
became a member of the Missouri's
social and political elite.
One of the Confederacy's most effective cavalry leaders, Joseph 0.
Shelby served entirely in the Trans-Mississippi West.
Early in the Civil War he entered the Missouri State Guard and his assignments
included: captain, Shelby's Ranger Company, Missouri State Guard (spring 1861);
colonel, 5th Missouri Cavalry (1862); commanding brigade, Marmaduke's Cavalry
Division, Ist Corps, Trans-Mississippi Department (summer December 1862);
commanding brigade, Marmaduke's Cavalry Division, District of Arkansas,
Trans-Mississippi Department January-July 4, 1863 and late 1863-September 1864);
brigadier general, CSA (December
15, 1863); commanding division, Army of Missouri, Trans-Mississippi Department
(September 18-September 1864); and commanding lst (Missouri) Cavalry Brigade,
lst (Missouri) Cavalry Division, Cavalry Corps, Trans-Mississippi Department
(September 1864-May 26, 1865).
company commander he fought at Carthage,
Wilson's Creek, and Pea Ridge before being sent
back to Missouri to raise a regiment. As a
colonel in charge of a brigade in John S. Marmaduke's mounted division, he
fought at Prairie Grove and was wounded at Helena.
Bobby Roberts of the Central Arkansas
Library System has proposed a permanent way for Jerry Russell to be
The Library’s new building
will have a central atrium reaching four floors. Around the atrium on each
floor will be a balustrade with dividers dropping down to the floor creating
a barrier. The dividers will be 4 feet by 4 feet and made of acrylic to help
provide a natural light effect. The proposal is to put a significant
picture in each panel, thus creating a history of the state in the library
The specific proposal is to
have one panel with the caption “Contributed by The Civil War Round Table of
Arkansas and the many friends of Jerry Russell”.
The encased picture will be one of Jerry’s favorite generals, - PATRICK
RONAYNE CLEBURNE.Currently the proposal is to
make Jerry’s memorial the larger 4X4 and place it on the first level of the
Part of the Jerry Russell
Memorial Fund will be used for this; however, additional Contributions are
being solicited to cover all of the $5,000 cost.
Please consider making a contribution to the fund by sending a
check to the
Jerry Russell Memorial Fund
P. O. Box
October 23, 2007
November 27, 2007 TBA
We Who Study
Must Also Strive To Save!
In Mobile, Alabama old meets new
talks to Lee (?).
AFTER ACTION REPORT
The Civil War Round Table of Arkansas and the Central Arkansas Civil War
Heritage Trails sought to reprint the brochure featuring a driving tour of The
Battle of Little Rock. For one reason or other revisions were put off
Dogging that revision over the years was Don Hamilton
and his committee. Finally, in the last few months things have started coming
The brochure is in its final revision. In a matter of
weeks if not days, the final product will be on the racks greeting visitors to
We need to give three giant cheers to Don Hamilton and
his committee for this huge effort.
had been working with Bobby Roberts at CALS to pick a Yankee to be mounted
in one of the dividers at the new facility. The committee met to review the
available pictures; with the criteria being an Arkansan that fought in an
Arkansas Union unit. Narrowing the search down to three, the committee
selected an enlisted man William Villines, 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry.
Not much is known about
Villines, but we do know about his unit.
Organized at Fayetteville,
Ark., and mustered in
March 25, 1863. Attached to District Southwest Missouri, Dept. Missouri to December 1863. 2nd
Brigade, District of the Frontier, Dept.
Missouri, to January, 1864. 2nd Brigade, District of
the Frontier, 7th Army Crops, Dept. of Arkansas, to March, 1864. 1st
Brigade, District of the Frontier, 7th Army Corps, to February 1865. 1st
Brigade, 3rd Division, 7th Army Corps, to August 1865.
Duty at Fayetteville, AR., until April
1863. Cabell's attack on Fayetteville
April 18. March to Springfield,
Mo., April 25-May 4, and duty
there until July. NewtonCountyJune
14. Moved to Cassville July 6. Joined Army of the Frontier at FortGibson,
C. N., August 17. Pursuit of Cabell to Perryville August 22-26. Perryville
Devil's Back Bone,
September 1. Capture of Fort Smith
September 1 and duty there until March 1864. Moffatt's Station, Franklin
September 27, 1863. Mt.Ida
November 13. Scout from Waldron to Mt.Ida, Caddo Gap and Dallas December 2-7. Steele's
Expedition to Camden March 23-May 3. Prairie
D'Ann April 9-13.
April 13. Camden
April 15-18. Jenkins' Ferry,
SalineRiver, April 30. March to
Fort Smith May
1-16. Garrison duty at Fort Smith
and escort and duty on the Frontier until August, 1865. Skirmish,
November 2, and NewtonCounty,
November 15, 1864. Mustered out
August 10, 1865.
AT THE ARSENAL
I am pleased to announce
that we have added a new temporary exhibit to the World War I Gallery.
It has been developed in conjunction with the Wilson History and Research
Center, a local group owned by Robby Wilson.
Mr. Wilson has a great collection of military helmets and ultimately would like
to develop his own museum around the collection.Until that time, he was expressed a willingness to work with area museums
to supplement their exhibitory.We have been working with interims from the Wilson History and Research
Center this summer to develop this small exhibit,
which will be on display for the next 9-12 months.
"Pride and the Fall: Mapping the Rise of Conflict in the 20th Century" was
developed and paid for by the Wilson History and Research Center and traces the
advent of the Central Powers in Europe in 1914 as well as the impact of the
American entry into World War I in 1917.The exhibit
features some of the premier items from the center's collection, including a
visor worn by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany
and a visor and sword owned by Prince Heinrich of
I encourage you to drop by the visit this newest exhibit at the museum.
- Civil War Conference
12th Annual Fall Symposium
Four speakers will highlight the day on various topics of the war.
Eric Jacobson,CarntonMansion, Franklin, TN
The Battles of Spring Hill and
Franklin David Bridges, author/historian –
Gen. George Custer Vs. Major James Breathed
USArmyCommand & General StaffCollege –
Unbridled Violence on the Western Border
Dr. Lawrence Hewitt, author/historian –
Lee's Finest Hour Fee is $45 for advance sales ($55 at the door) and includes lunch. There
will be a book vendor available.
The symposium is held at Yoder Banquet Hall, Arthur, Illinois,
near Decatur/Champaign area.
For more information, call (217)578-2262. Co-sponsored by the Decatur (IL) CWRT
PARK HOSTS SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR LABOR DAY
Volunteers, park staff, and the Friends of the Fort Donelson Campaign will
combine forces to provide a variety of Civil War programs during the Labor
50th Tennessee Infantry (CSA) will
provide musket firing demonstrations on Saturday,
September 1, 2007 at
and near the fort
entrance (Park Tour Stop #2).The public is
encouraged to visit their Civil War camp, Saturday,
, and Sunday, September
2, from .
Park Ranger programs will be held Saturday and Sunday, and ,
at the River Batteries (Park Tour Stop #3).
The Friends of the Fort Donelson Campaign will also conduct
programs at various battlefield locations on Saturday,
Sept. 1, 2007 (this day only):
- "The Day of Iron Valentines: The Ironclads Versus the River Batteries" (Park
Tour Stop #3)
- "They Cannot Be Strong Everywhere - Smith’s Attack" (Park Tour Stop #5)
- "Grant and Buckner at the Dover Hotel" (Surrender House Tour Stop #10)
For directions to any of
these programs, ask a park ranger at the visitor center. Programs are
subject to changes or cancellations due to inclement weather. For more
information, contact the park staff at 931-232-5706. We hope to see you
here on Labor Day weekend.
Come Dance the Day Away at the Museum of the Confederacy
VA: The Museum of the Confederacy
and the Virginia Homespun Dance Ensemble will present a special living
history program on Saturday, September 22 from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. in the
During the 1860’s a ball was one way to forget the trials of war and
socialize with friends and neighbors! Almost everyone—young and old, rich
and poor, northern and southern—enjoyed music and dancing. Participants of
the living history program will enjoy demonstrations of 19th
century dances, listen to talks on specific dances and etiquette, and even
have the chance to participate!
So bring your dancing shoes and
join us for the fun! Friends and members of the 12th Virginia Infantry,
Company B, Longstreet's Corps will provide the Civil War dance
The cost of the program is free
with admission to the museum.
To find out more contact Linda Lipscomb at (804) 649-1861 x.32,
email@example.com or visit our website www.moc.org.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact
October 27, 2007 -
Haunted Battlefield Tour
Tour groups will be guided in front of the historic Borden House along part
of the park's walking trail and into the valley where the heaviest fighting
occurred during the Battle of Prairie Grove.
Chances are good that there will be a few surprises along the way.
Tours depart every 20 to 30 minutes.The last
tour will conclude around 10 p.m. Parking is available at the east entrance
of the Borden House.
Meet at the historic Borden House.Passes
will be required for specific tour departure times.
Passes are available the day of tours.
TO STOP 3
From CWRT of Arkansas WebSite
Shallow Ford (also called Shoal Ford) the Federal cavalry gained the west side
of Bayou Meto on the morning of September 6, then pushed southwest toward BearskinLake
and Ashley’s Mills and the waiting Confederates. The road to Shallow Ford no
longer exists. The main body of the Union Army and its supply wagons crossed
Bayou Meto on EaglesBridge, downstream from the
Ford. At about the same time Union forces were crossing Bayou Meto.
This road is the original route taken by Steele and Davidson, virtually
unopposed to Ashley’s Mills, Stop 3. Approximately a quarter-mile north of
Stop No. 3 is the Ashley’s Mills site where encamped Confederate cavalry
under Col. Robert C. Newton was attacked on the morning of September 7 by
Steele’s advance cavalry. Newton’s command was driven back
toward the river, and fighting was continuous between the opposing forces on
September 8 and 9. Opposite Ashley’s Mills on Walker’s
is the Chester Ashley house.