Our 45th Year
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY, August 26, 2008
Second Presbyterian Church
600 Pleasant Valley Drive
Program at 7
Dues $20 Per
BATTLEFIELDS WHEN YOU CAN...
WHILE YOU CAN
August 21, 2008
Dear Members and Friends of The
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas,
Please join us for the monthly
meeting on Tuesday, August 26. Dr. Michael Dougan, of Jonesboro, will
present the monthly program based on a diary of a Methodist Episcopal
South Minister detailing events during and after the Civil War.
Dougan grew up in Neosho,
Missouri. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State
College (now Missouri State University), where he majored in History and
minored in Philosophy. He began his Arkansas studies under the noted Civil
War professor Bell I. Wiley at Emory University, writing his master’s
thesis on the Little Rock press during the Civil War. His first
publication, “The Little Rock Press Goes to War,” appeared in Arkansas
Historical Quarterly in the spring of 1969. His dissertation on
Confederate Arkansas came in 1970; the same year joined the faculty at
Arkansas State University, where he remained until 2006.
His works include:
- Confederate Arkansas; The
People and Policies of a Frontier State in Wartime (1976)
- By the Cypress Swamp; The
Arkansas Stories of Octave Thanet (1980)
- Confederate Women of
Arkansas in the Civil War (1993)
- Arkansas Odyssey; The Saga
of Arkansas from Prehistoric Times to Present (1994)
- Arkansas History: An
Annotated Bibliography, complied with Tom W. Dillard and Timothy G.
- Arkansas Politics: A
Reader, with Richard P. Wang (1997)
- Community Diaries; Arkansas
Newspapering, 1819-2002 (2003)
Dougan served as president of the
Arkansas Historical Association from 1984 to 1986, receiving their
Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Dr. Dougan and his wife, Carol, reside
in the J. V. Bell House in Jonesboro, a property listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. Besides his scholarly awards and
publications, Dougan has coached and played slow-pitch softball for more
than twenty-five years and is trying to graduate from a half marathon to a
full one. Watch for him at 2012 Olympic Games in London!
Hope to see you Tuesday night
at 7:00 with Dr. Dougan!
Rick Meadows, President
The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
Battlefield Preservation Society
Tommy Dupree, President of the
Reed’s Bridge Preservation Society in Jacksonville has announced plans
for the reenactment of Reed’s Bridge Battle. Various activities will
occur August 29, 30, and 31. Approximately 50 re-enactors will put on
the blue and the gray for this event. Hopefully, 4 cannon will be
displayed and fired! Other activities include a dance, a church service,
and a memorial service. The agenda is as follows:
Friday, Aug 29 3:00 p.m.
Troops arrive at Reed’s Bridge
Saturday, Aug 30 Morning Drill
at Reed’s Bridge
p.m. Battle at Reed’s Bridge
Sunday, Aug 31 10:00
a.m. Church Services at Reed’s Bridge
12:00 p.m. Memorial Service at Bayo Meto Cemetery
2:00 p.m. Battle at Reed’s Bridge
Reed’s Bridge Battlefield is
located on Hwy 161, just south of the junction of Hwy 161 and Hwy 294.
War Sesquicentennial Commission
The Arkansas Civil
War Sesquicentennial Commission has been hard at work. The commission is
charged with planning and developing programs and activities to
commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Arkansas.
When our State
Legislators convene in 2009, they will be reviewing various budget
requests for the next two years. Please contact your legislator and ask
him/her to support funding recommended by the Commission. Your support
is critical. Please see a partial list of members of the State Senate
and House of Representatives on the back page who live in Central
Arkansas you may call.
Fordney: Yankees Assault New Mall!
Last week I got
a chance to visit Rutherford's Crossing, the new shopping center on U.S.
11 north of Winchester anchored by a Target and Lowe's.
But I wasn't
there to shop. I've been reading Scott Patchan's excellent study of the
1864 valley campaign, "Shenandoah Summer," and it was nice to be able to
tour the scene of the Civil War battle that occurred here, even if there
were a few distractions, such as smoky, loud earthmovers still digging
into the land and the general paved-over look of the area.
The Battle of
Rutherford's Farm took place as Federal forces pursued Gen. Jubal
Early's small army through the valley after it had marched all the way
to Washington, causing a panic and even bringing Abraham Lincoln out to
the city's defenses, where he got yelled at for sticking his head up to
see what was happening.
has a detailed map of the core area of the Battle of Rutherford's Farm,
and it's remarkable how it matches the site plan for the shopping center
and the adjacent 500,000-square-foot building that houses offices of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
possible to trace what happened by the location of the stores that have
been built or are planned for the shopping center.
On July 20,
1864, Federal forces under Gen. William Averell, marching south from
Martinsburg, W.Va., ran into Confederate Gen. Stephen Ramseur's
division. The battle opened with an artillery duel, with cannonballs
bouncing across the main parking lot of the FEMA building.
Early had told
Ramseur to stay in a defensive position close to Winchester, but Ramseur
was what that era called "impetuous" and what we might call a hothead.
He tried to sneak up on the Federals, bringing his forces right up to
the loading dock behind Target.
time the Northerners launched an infantry assault, moving through the
ground-level offices at FEMA and crossing over into the large parking
lot in front of the new Lowe's, and the battle was on. Their right wing
was anchored by the customer service desk in the appliances department.
for Ramseur, his left flank was "in the air," which means the Yankees
had an opportunity to swing around and get into his rear. Federal
cavalry moved around to the west, clattering up the northbound lanes of
Interstate 81 for a short distance before turning and galloping down the
entrance ramp from U.S. 11.
had made his headquarters at Beach Bum Tanning, saw what was happening
and tried to get his artillery out of the drive-through lane at Chick
Fil-A. But as they withdrew and turned to meet the threat, they got hung
up in the lingerie department at Target and their fire was rendered
The removal of
the artillery caused a weakness in the center of the Confederate line
that Averell's men were able to exploit. They swept through the espresso
counter at Daily Grind and slowly forced the Southerners back until, one
by one, the Rebel units began to give way.
From there, it
was a rout. Ramseur's entire force crumbled and took off for Winchester,
with some troops not stopping until they got to the Sportsplex.
So it's pretty
clear who won the Battle of Rutherford's Farm.
article, August 11, 2008, NV Daily News
Chris Fordney at
(The same can
happen in Arkansas! Preserve the hollowed ground while you can!
In Case You
Standing just 150 feet from the
platform on which President Lincoln delivered his most famous speech,
one of the few remaining “witness trees” to the Battle of Gettysburg has
been severely damaged by a storm. The huge honey locust tree on Cemetery
Hill fell August 7th. “The top of it is totally broken off,
and the storm severely damage 70% to 80% of the tree,” spokesman Jo
Sanders said. The tree, which stood on the right side of the Union
lines, “was there as a silent witness to the battle, to the aftermath,
to the burials, to the dedication of the cemetery, park historian John
Park maintenance officials will
assess what to do with the remains of the tree. “When it’s something
this bad, it’s highly doubtful that a tree like that can survive,” said
Heiser. Heiser said he knows of only tree other witness trees that still
stand in the heart of the battlefield.
(reprinted from Arkansas
Democrat/Gazette August 10, 2008)
Way to Go
Thanks to our new member,
Pris Weathers, for all of her work updating our web site! She has
done an awesome job for you! If I was a judge in the Olympics, I would
give her a perfect 10 along with the Gold Medal! Be sure to go to
for the latest updates. One new page of interest is: What’s New
-2008. This week Pris added information about the fund raising
efforts for the “David O. Dodd Marker”. Thanks also to David Gruenewald
for his tireless efforts on this project. Please read part of what is
found on the web site:
The David O. Dodd
memorial marker will be relocated to a spot immediately behind the
museum in the coming months. This is a project long sought by former
Commissioner Jimmy Rice and current Commissioner Bill Terry. All groups
have agreed to the relocation. The Foundation is working with several
Civil War groups, including the Civil War Roundtable and the Arkansas
Division United Daughters of the Confederacy to raise approximately
$1500 to fund a way sign to place beside the marker and explain the Dodd
story. The goal is to have the signage in place by January to
commemorate the 145th anniversary of Dodd's execution as a Confederate
spy. Contributions are tax-deductible and should be sent to the Arkansas
Military Heritage Foundation at the museum.
If you would like to
contribute to the David O. Dodd Marker, then write a check to the:
”Arkansas Military Heritage Foundation" for the amount you would like to
Designate for "David O. Dodd Marker"
Include your name, address & telephone #
Mail to: David Gruenewald
63 Robinwood Drive
Little Rock, Ar. 72227
You can also call Mr. Gruenewald at 501-219-4293 if you have any
questions. The foundation is designated a 501C2 organization and you
will receive a letter acknowledging your tax deductible gift.
again Pris and Thanks again David!
Book Review – Available Fall 2008
Rebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina
Edmund L. Drago
Fordham University Press
8 black and white illustrations
“A richly researched
study of the war’s impact on children in the heart of the Confederacy.”
—Steven Mintz, University of Houston, author of Huck’s Raft: A
History of American Childhood
provides a realistic, unvarnished, and dramatic view of the South
Carolina experience during the Civil War. Written in clear, supple
prose, this book contains exceptionally rich material on childhood and
the War’s impact on all civilians. It is a must-read for all historians
of the family and the War in the South.”
—Joan Cashin, The Ohio State University
“Edmund Drago explores in
impressive detail the experiences of the children and youth of South
Carolina and their families during the Civil War. . . . Like the best
histories of children and youth, Confederate Phoenix transcends
the Confederate battlefield and home front by following the child
participants in South Carolina’s greatest crisis into their adult
lives.”—James Marten, Marquette University
In this innovative book, Edmund L. Drago
tells the first full story of white children and their families in the
most militant Southern state, and the state where the Civil War erupted.
Drawing on a rich array of sources, many
of them formerly untapped, Drago shows how the War transformed the
domestic world of the white South. Households were devastated by
disease, death, and deprivation. Young people took up arms like adults,
often with tragic results. Thousands of fathers and brothers died in
battle; many returned home with grave physical and psychological wounds.
Widows and orphans often had to fend for themselves.
From the first volley at Fort Sumter in
Charleston harbor to the end of Reconstruction, Drago explores the
extraordinary impact of war and defeat on the South Carolina home front.
He covers a broad spectrum, from the effect of “boy soldiers” on the
ideals of childhood and child rearing to changes in education, marriage
customs, and community as well as family life. He surveys the children’s
literature of the era and explores the changing dimensions of
Confederate patriarchal society. By studying the implications of the War
and its legacy in cultural memory, Drago unveils the conflicting
perspectives of South Carolina children—white and black—today.
|EDMUND L. DRAGO
is Professor of History at the College of Charleston. His most
recent book is Charleston’s Avery Center: From Education to
Preserving the African American Experience.
Arkansas State Senate
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Jack Critcher 501-6825459
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Arkansas State Representatives
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Hope to see you August 26, 2008 at the Civil War