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Our 43nd Year
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, October 23, 2007
Meets Fourth Tuesday, January-November
Founded March 1964
Second Presbyterian Church
600 Pleasant Valley Drive,
Program at 7 p.m.
VOL. XLIII, No. 10,
Ron Kelly, President/
Charles O. Durnett, Sec-Editor,
Dues $15 Per Year
VISIT THE BATTLEFIELDS WHEN YOU CAN...
WHILE YOU CAN
The Story of
General Allison Nelson
Allison Nelson (March 11, 1822 –
October 7, 1862) was the ninth mayor of
as well as a brigadier general in the Confederate army during the
American Civil War.
father, John B. Nelson, who ran Nelson's Ferry across the
River, was an early
settler who was murdered in 1825, when Allison was three years old, by John W.
Allison Nelson left for
during the border disputes, then moved to
Texas, where he was involved with
Indian affairs, serving under Lawrence Ross and in 1860 was elected to
the state legislature. During the Civil War, he served as a brigadier
general in the Confederate army until he took sick in September 1862 and
died a month later. He was buried in
Our speaker was born in
Alabama, but raised in Northeast
Arkansas. As a graduate of
University, he studied
under one of our annual speakers Dr. Michael Dougan. Polston has taught
at Cabot High since 1978 and is Director of the School museum.
He is presently the Staff Historian at the Encyclopedia of
Arkansas History and Culture. He has always been interested in the Civil
War and became interested in Allison Nelson when he moved to Cabot in
1978. Mike Polston was one of a team who helped restore Camp Nelson
Confederate Cemetery graveyard in the 1980s.
Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery is a historic cemetery located near Cabot in
northern Lonoke County Arkansas and is the site of Confederate military camp
where 1,500 Confederate soldiers died during an epidemic during the fall of
Camp Nelson is located on Rye Drive, just off Cherry Road, just off Mt. Carmel
Road in north Lonoke County about 2 miles east of Cabot.
Camp Nelson was
a central staging point in central Arkansas
for Confederate troops gathering from Texas
The camp is named for Brigadier General Allison Nelson who was in
command of the 10th Texas Infantry Regiment.
During the fall of 1862, an epidemic of measles and typhoid fever ran
rampant through the troops congregated there. Approximately 1,500
Arkansas and Texas
soldiers died of disease during a two-month period including Brigadier
General Nelson himself.
1,500 of these soldiers were buried in unmarked graves in the surrounding hills.
During the early years of the 20th century, Confederate veterans placed
markers in honor of the unknown soldiers and erected a 12-foot obelisk
to their memory at the site. The cemetery was not properly maintained
and was soon overtaken by the forest undergrowth and became just a local
curiosity out in the forest.
|In the 1980s local
residents, including members of the ROTC and local high school students,
began a restoration project on their own and returned the cemetery to
its original condition. It is the only
in the State of Arkansas.
I am writing from
Lion Television, an independent production company in
New York. We are currently researching
stories for the Sixth Season of PBS’s History Detectives.
History Detectives is
a prime-time series about the discovery, documentation, and preservation
of historic American buildings and artifacts. Our program revolves
around the investigation of questions posed by individuals interested in
learning the background of artifacts or locations and their possible
We are seeking story
submissions from all over the country regarding historically or
culturally significant American relics. If you, or someone you
know, have an object or building that may have played a key part in
American history, tell us about your mystery.
The most promising
ideas are historically significant and still unsolved. If you have
an ongoing investigation at this time, we would love to be a part of it.
Our research will continue through June of 2008, so if anything comes
up in the future please let us know.
Questions and story ideas can be submitted to
and I am happy to pass along a flyer for use in your facility if you’d
like. Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing
St., Suite 505
(ph) 212.206.8633 x 3878
A SPECIAL PROGRAM
Museum of Military History presents War Stories
The Sinking of the Sultana!
They just wanted to GO HOME!
It had been four years of bloody hell.
The men that gathered by the thousands at the river’s edge were gaunt,
half starved and their faded blue uniforms were threadbare.
Many were recently released from the notorious prisoner of war camp,
Andersonville. These men were no
better than invalids were. However, it was ok,
because they were Going Home…or so they thought.
Little did they know there was one more hellish battle that had to be won.
As a continuing part of the War Stories Lecture Series,
The Jacksonville Museum of Military History welcomes Jerry Potter of
Memphis to speak on the most horrific steamboat
disaster in history, The Sinking of the Sultana.
An attorney by trade, Mr. Potter is also the published author of “The
Sultana Tragedy”, and has done extensive research from newspaper
accounts, previously unused military, and government documents.
Whether you’re a Civil War Buff, a History Lover or just Love to Learn this
is a can’t miss presentation!
When: Thursday October 25th
Museum opens at 6:00 pm
Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
Where: Jacksonville Museum of Military
Call (501) 241-1943
Earthen Walls, Iron Men
Louisiana, and the Defense of Red River
by Mayeux, Steven M.
“ This book will be
of great use to historians of the western theatre of the Civil War, to the
reader of nineteenth-century history, and to students of the undergraduate and
graduate levels. -Gary D. Joiner, author of Through the Howling Wilderness: The
1864 Red River Campaign and Union Failure in the West
Earthen Walls, Iron Men tells the story of
Fort DeRussy, Louisiana, a major
Confederate fortification that defended the lower Red
River in 1863-64 during the last stages of the Civil War. Long
regarded as little more than a footnote by historians, the fort in fact
played a critical role in the defense of the Red River
region. The Red River Campaign was one of the Confederacy's last great
triumphs of the war, and only the end of the conflict saved the reputations
of Union leaders who had recently been so successful at
was the linchpin of the Confederates' tactical and strategic victory.
Steven M. Mayeux does more than just tell the story of the fort from the
military perspective; it goes deeper to closely examine the lives of the
people that served in-and lived around-Fort DeRussy. Through a thorough
examination of local
documents, Mayeux has uncovered the fascinating stories that reveal for the
first time what wartime life was like for those living in central
In this book, the reader will meet soldiers and slaves, plantation owners
and Jayhawkers, elderly women and newborn babies, all of whom played
important roles in making the history of
Mayeux presents an unvarnished portrait of the life at the fort, devoid of
any romanticized notions, but more accurately capturing the utter humanity
of those who built it, defended it, attacked it, and lived around it.
Earthen Walls, Iron Men intertwines the stories of naval battles and
military actions with those human elements such as greed, theft, murder, and
courage to create a vibrant, relevant history that will appeal to all who
seek to know what real life was like during the Civil War.
Steve Mayeux is a graduate of LSU and a former Marine officer. His work as
an agricultural consultant in the central Louisiana
area for the past thirty years has given him a great appreciation for the
history and geography of the lower Red River.
October 23, 2007
- Mike Polston
November 27, 2007
- Clem Papineau
We have some programs pending for 2008, if you have any suggestions please let
Rick Meadows know.
We Who Study
Must Also Strive To Save!
SEE YOU TUESDAY NIGHT
For Mike Polston and
General Allison Nelson
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Civil War Round Table of Arkansas