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Our 43nd Year
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, JUNE 26,
Meets Fourth Tuesday,
Founded March 1964
Fletcher Branch Library, H & Buchanan
(East of University Ave.),
Program at 7 p.m.
VOL. XLIII, No. 6,
Ron Kelly, President/Charles
O. Durnett, Sec-Editor,
Dues $15 Per Year
VISIT THE BATTLEFIELDS WHEN YOU CAN...
WHILE YOU CAN
The Swamp Fox
General Jeff Thompson
The presentation might also be titled
Thompson - The Forrest of the
Trans-Mississippi or as the Federals might put it "the Swamp Rat".
was an able leader though out the war but like Forrest
kept losing his command only to gain another.
Brigadier General Jeff
was one of the most famous Confederates to be imprisoned at
He was held there for the spring and summer of 1864. A colorful character with a
distinct personality, his diaries reflect a stay at the Fort that might almost
be described as pleasant, due to luxuries granted him because of his Officer
status. He was known as a gambler and ladies man,
whose military prowess earned him celebrity status. At the outset of the
war, Thompson raised and led a battalion of
cavalry. He had great success using guerilla tactics; ambushing and
seizing ships and soldiers on the Mississippi River,
and disappearing into the wilderness.
Dubbed the "Missouri Swamp Fox", Thompson
was never a full Confederate General, but was treated as one by the army. He
commanded as many as 5,000 troops. In August of 1863, he was captured in
Pocahontas, Arkansas. He
arrived at Fort
Delaware in the spring of
Thompson was transferred from
under unique strategic circumstances. During the shelling of
Charleston, Confederate General
brought 50 Federal officers into the town and advised Union General Foster to
cease bombardment or risk killing his own men. The Union
countered this bold move by placing Confederate officers in the way of rebel
Thompson was one of the first Confederate officers
placed on the ships in the direct line of fire.
Eventually, 600 Confederate officers were transported from
Harbor, living in deplorable conditions, under fire
from their own guns. They are memorialized in the South to this day as "The
Immortal 600". Thompson was brought into
29, 1864, when negotiations for prisoner transfer were finalized.
After his release, Thompson went to
Mississippi and again took up his command. He finally
surrendered his brigade on
May 9, 1865 after General
is the former Commander
of the Arkansas Division and Life member of Sons of Confederate Veterans and
MOS&B. He is President of the Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails Foundation and
serves as a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission known
as the 2011 commission.
(CWRT sits as the Central Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail and
Charles Durnett sits
on the 2011 Commission.)
Honnoll is President of the Arkansas State University Museum Advisory
Council, and vice president of the NEASHF at
Jonesboro. He was the keynote
speaker at the Lee/Jackson Banquet at
Monroe, LA in Jan. 06.
BIG THANKS TO
Cal Collier For last months program.
It was good to see Cal & Melba again and to get a chance to visit.
The Outriders checking for Yankees in Northern Arkansas. [Chalk Bluff
Reenactment May 2007.]
FROM THE MEETING
I will summarize where we stand on CWRT meeting space and the
requirement that we change location.
We have a meeting scheduled at the Fletcher Library  June
26. A conflict with the July meeting exists that we have known about for
some time. Ron
to the Terry
about meeting there in July, but nothing was firm. Scheduling ahead, we were
okay for August, but when we reach September, it was evident that another
organization was going to beat us to the schedule every time.
It was announced at the March meeting that we may have to look for another
meeting place, but we did not seriously discuss it until
April. At the May meeting we had, some possible alternative
meeting places the discussion became very serious. A number of alternatives
were mentioned and details have been worked out in the ensuing days.
Kelley has opened the possibility
of meeting at the Arsenal in
Park. It would be
available indefinitely and is a good meeting place. It would be free and we
would have complete access. It had some obvious difficulties, such as
accessibility and security. These are all manageable problems requiring a
little extra work from our officers.
Gruenewald contacted Second
Presbyterian and they were very willing to rent us a room on our night for
$10 per month and willing to contract for a year at a time. There is some
concern about finding the room once you are on the grounds. In addition,
some have mentioned that the governing board changes its mind from time to
time. It is also in west Little
Rock, but has easy access to the Interstate.
3) Don Hamilton
has talked to Bobbie
Cantwell at the Thompson Library at
38 Rahling Circle. That location would be
available to us and could be booked for the entire year. However, it is in
very west Little Rock.
Sarna checked UALR and learned that
the UALR Library cannot be used, nor can any of the other possible
facilities. He was told that University policy prohibits non-UALR
groups, and all groups not sanctioned by the UALR administration, from using
on-campus facilities. He says, “Sorry to bear such bad tidings, but this is
an apparently new policy that the Library directors were not aware of,
The only barometer that I can think of is the zip codes that I mail to each
month, and those are:
North of the River
Partners Outline Fund raising Program
VA: The Museum of the Confederacy
recently joined national online fund raising efforts by becoming a Museum
Partner with ShopforMuseums.com. Partnering with hundreds of museums across the
country, ShopforMuseums.com serves as a means to raise much needed money to
support operating costs. Online shoppers can have a portion of their purchase
donated to the Museum’s annual fund with no extra cost.
Over 200 national retail merchants participate in
ShopforMuseums.com and offer a percentage of sales to the Museum at no extra
cost to the consumer. Examples of merchants include Overstock.com, Ebay, Lands’
End, The Sharper Image, USA Today, Office Depot, Chef’s Catalog, Delta Airlines,
and Orbitz. For an entire list of retailers, please go to ShopforMuseums.com.
Participation is simple and secure. To designate a portion of an
online purchase to the Museum of the Confederacy, simply go to
www.ShopforMuseums.com and log in.
Then choose to support the Museum of the Confederacy. Shoppers
click on the link of the store they would like to visit and go about their
shopping. The Museum of the Confederacy asks for your support when shopping
NOTES FROM 1863
The HOLCOMB (JOHN
M.) PAPERS, 1862-1863.
Repository: Center for American History, The
University of TexasAustin
Holcomb [also Holcombe] (1821-1863) was born in
South Carolina. He married
possibly in Llano
March 31, 1862, he enlisted in Allen’s
Regiment of the 17th Texas Volunteer Infantry at
Camp Terry, Texas.
In September of that year, he was stationed at a camp near
Tyler, Texas. From
there he moved east into Arkansas, writing
(Arkansas), Little Rock,
Pine Bluff, where he was taken ill with
progressive pulmonary tuberculosis in January 1863. He was unable to perform
his duties from that time until his discharge from the army on
April 25, 1863.
In June, he wrote to his
wife, complaining of continued ill health and asking her to send someone
with “a hack long enough for me to lye down in ... I pant to git home
died in Arkansas
Scope and Contents: Fourteen letters from
to his wife Amanda recount his
experiences in the army at various camps and towns in east
and the progress of his illness. Eleven letters from
and Charles Keton
Holcomb concern John’s
health, events in Arkansas, as well as
family and business affairs in
Texas. The collection includes documents relating to
military career, a forensic analysis of the medical statement on his
discharge certificate, and an 1861 manuscript draft of six verses to “Dixie
at and lived with her in ( in 1863 and was buried in an unknown place.
July 25, 1863
About 6 Miles
N Of Lonoke
June 26, 2007
W. D. Honnoll
Thompson: The Swamp Fox
July 24, 2007
- Dr. Thomas
August 28, 2007
September 24, 2007
Conflict Along the Arkansas
October 23, 2007
November 27, 2007
We Who Study
Must Also Strive To Save!
August 18, 2007, the Old State House Museum in
Little Rock Watch for
announcements and program notes. All are welcome to attend for a minimal
fee, which usually includes lunch.
will host its annual Arkansas Civil War History Seminar.
I have already recommended it to a friend who has been laid up for a few
The Civil War
Memoir of Joseph
Edited by T.
Reminiscences of a Confederate soldier and guerrilla
memoir, Confederate Guerrilla, provides a unique perspective on the fighting
that took place behind Union lines in Federal-occupied northwest
Arkansas during and after the Civil War. This
story—now published for the first time—will appeal to modern readers
interested in the grassroots history of the Trans-Mississippi war.
Bailey participated in the Battle of Pea Ridge and the siege
of Port Hudson, eventually escaping to northwest
Arkansas where he fought as a guerrilla against
Federal troops and civilian unionists. After Federal forces gained control
of the area, Bailey
rejoined the Confederate army and continued in regular service in northeast
Texas until the end of the war.
Historians will find the descriptions of military campaigns and
the observations on guerrilla war especially valuable. According to
Bailey, Southern guerrillas were motivated less by a sense
of loyalty to either the Confederate or the Union side than by a
determination to protect their families and neighbors from the “Mountain
Federals”. This partisan war waged between the rebel guerrillas and Southern
Unionists was essentially a “struggle for supremacy and revenge”.
Comprehensive annotations are provided by
Baker is the W. K. Gordon Endowed
Chair in Texas Industrial History and the director of the
Center for Industrial History of Texas,
University. He is the author and editor of
numerous books, including the award-winning Lighthouses of Texas and the
forthcoming American Windmills: An Album of Historic Photographs.
of Arkansas Press
Available May 2007
$29.95 (s) cloth 978-1-55728-838-7
Little to Eat
and Thin Mud to Drink
Letters, Diaries, and Memoirs
from the Red River Campaigns, 1863–1864
to Eat and Thin Mud to Drink does more than just document the history of the
Trans-Mississippi conflict of the Civil War. It goes much deeper, offering a
profound, extended look into the innermost thoughts of the soldiers and
civilians who experienced the events that took place in
Louisiana, Texas, and
Arkansas. Gleaning from a rich body of rare
journals, diaries, and letters, this groundbreaking book demonstrates the
significant impact that military operations in this
region had on the local population in years between 1863 and 1865.
Readers will be introduced to the many different individuals who
were touched by the campaign, both Confederate and Union.
Ably edited by Joiner, a leading expert on the Trans-Mississippi conflict, and
others, some of these manuscripts are witty, others somber, some written by
Harvard- and Yale-educated aristocrats, others by barely literate farmers. All
profoundly reflect their feelings regarding the extraordinary circumstances and
events they witnessed.
In Little to Eat and Thin Mud to Drink, readers will have access
to the diary of James
a Confederate sergeant whose cogent narratives dispute commonly held views of
the Battle of Mansfield. Representing a much different point of view is the
diary of Private Julius
Knapp, whose lengthy diary sheds
light on the life of a Northern soldier fighting in the ill-fated Union march
in 1864. A rare glimpse into the diary of a Southern woman is offered through
the fascinating and melancholy musings of plantation belle
Readers will also encounter the private letters of a French prince turned
Confederate officer; of
Fullilove, the angst-ridden wife of
a Confederate soldier; and many others.
These first-person narratives vividly bring to life the
individuals who lived through this important, but often neglected, period in
Civil War history. Little to Eat and Thin Mud to Drink will engross anyone
interested in exploring the human side of the Civil War.
Joiner is an assistant professor of
history at Louisiana
in Shreveport and the director of the
Red River Regional
Center at LSUS. His books
include One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864
and Union Failure in the West and Through the Howling Wilderness: The 1864 Red
River Campaign and Union Failure in the West. He is also the coeditor, with
and Clifton D. Cardin, of another volume in the Voices of the Civil War series,
No Pardons to Ask, nor Apologies to Make: The Journal of William Henry King,
Gray's 28th Louisiana Infantry Battalion.
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