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Our 46th Year 

Meets Fourth Tuesday; January-November
Founded March 1964

Second Presbyterian Church

600 Pleasant Valley Drive

Little Rock 
Program at 7 p.m. 
Jan Sarna, President 

Rick Meadows, Editor / 
Dues $20 Per Year



Ten Mile House


David O. Dodd and Tom Ezell 

Please note that for this month only our meeting location has changed! We have been invited to hold our April meeting at the historic Ten Mile House on Stagecoach Road (Hwy 5) in Little Rock.  

At the time of its construction in the 1820’s, the house was located about 10 miles south of Little Rock. The home has also been called the McHenry House named after its first owner and the Stagecoach House since it served as a stop for the old Butterfield Stagecoach Line.  Located along the old Southwest Trail, travelers heading to Texas past by her front gate.  After Little Rock fell to the Federals in September 1863, the Ten Mile House served as a military outpost. David O. Dodd was held in the brick smokehouse behind the main house before being transferred to Little Rock.  

Tom Ezell, a long time member of our Roundtable, will bring a program on David O. Dodd. Ezell works for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. A Civil War re-enactor, Ezell spends his spare time riding his bicycle on endurance rides up to 100 kilometers. (that’s over 60 miles!) 

We will begin at 6:00 with a social hour at the Ten Mile House. Refreshments and snacks will be served and the program with Ezell will begin at 7:00. You will not want to miss the special opportunity to see history. Directions are below.  

Directions to Ten Mile House 

  • Take Stagecoach Road Exit off I-430, heading northeast toward Little Rock

  • Go ½ mile, you will pass the “Last Stand” Civil War Marker on the left and you will cross two small concrete bridges

  • Turn right into property thru Barn Gate

  • House and property are located on the south side of the road.

 Main entrance to Ten Mile House is 100 yards past Barn Gate. Do Not Entry Here! There are not enough parking places at this entrance.


Ten Mile House

Stagecoach Road, Hwy 5

Little Rock

Update on Reed’s Bridge in Jacksonville 

Two replica cannons have been purchased and are being placed at the battlefield. One cannon will be at the main site on the south side of Bayou Meto where Confederate forces repulsed Federals troops attempting to take the bridge on August 27, 1863. The second cannon is being placed ¼ mile north of the bridge at the site of one of the Federal artillery positions during the battle.

Work has begun on a log kitchen to compliment the barn and log cabin completed last fall. A larger log house is planned for the property. As funds are received, a stone house across Hwy 161 will be remodeled to serve as a visitor center. There is an urgent need of a new roof for the dwelling. Donations for the cost of building materials can be sent to: 

Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society

100 Veterans Circle

Jacksonville, AR 72076 

A re-enactment of the Battle of Reed’s Bridge will be held September 10 - 12.

The RBBPS is a 501 (c) 3 organization

Arkansas Register of Historic Places

Courtesy Arkansas Ties 

Battle of Little Rock 

The Fourche Bayou Battlefield was listed on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places on April 7, 2010. The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas monitors and maintains this site. It is located east of the Little Rock airport at the corner of East Roosevelt Road and Fourche Dam Pike. Additional photos of this historic site can be found at our web site:  Go to Places, then Pulaski, then Bayou Fourche.

Charles Olin Durnett Award 

The Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails Foundation voted at its annual meeting in February to fund a prize for the best paper on the Civil War in Arkansas in memory of Chuck Durnett.  A long time member of our Roundtable and Chair of the Central Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail, Durnett was also a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission at the time of his death on July 4, 2008. A cash prize of at least $250 will be awarded each year during the sesquicentennial beginning in 2011. Presentation of the award will he administered by the Arkansas Historical Association. Our Roundtable contributed an additional $100 to increase the first year award to $350. 

Shoppach House Historic Park

 Eddie Landreth with the Shoppach House Historic Park has announced that the Saline County Quilters Guild will host their Fourth Annual Quilt Show on Saturday, May 8th from 9-3.  Quilts will be displayed in the Pilgrims Rest Church which was established in 1833. The Shoppach House, located at the park, will be open for touring.  It is the oldest house in Benton, built in 1833.  During the Civil War it served as housing for Union officers who were stationed in Benton on the Military Road after the fall of Little Rock.  The event is free. The Shoppach House Historic Park is located on the corner of Military Road and Main Street in downtown Benton.

Each year during the Sesquicentennial, a theme will be portrayed. The list is as follows:

    1. “Why Commemorate the Civil War?”

    2. “A Divided Arkansas”

    3. “Big War, Little War”

    4. “Under Two Governments”

    5. “Emancipation and Reconstruction”

 For events and how to learn more about the Civil War in Arkansas, visit the web site for the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. There is also an excellent data base of units that served in Arkansas during the war.

Virginia Legislature Formalizes State Battlefield Preservation Program

In the current issue of Hallowed Ground, published by the Civil War Preservation Trust, it has been announced that both houses of the Virginia legislature unanimously passed bills this spring to permanently establish a state matching grant program for Civil War battlefield preservation.

“The legislation formally codifies the Virginia Civil War Sites Historic Preservation Fund.  First created in 2006, this program has, to date, utilized special appropriations made by the Virginia General Assembly to help in battlefield preservation projects.  Most recently, it was the mechanism that provided $5.2 million in state funds to assist in the preservation of threatened battlefield properties.  The fund is an excellent example of public-private partnership as it requires a private match for state funds to be expended.  The program provides funding for fee-simple acquisitions and conservation easements.” 

Should the State of Arkansas consider this too? What do you think? 

Historic Preservation Alliance Conference

Have you heard of the good news in Helena? The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas hosted a three day conference in Helena, April 15-17.  Your editor was able to attend part of the conference. 

On Friday afternoon, Phil Thomason of Tennessee led a workshop entitled Battlefield and Landscape Preservation. He referenced efforts at Appomattox Station and Saltville in Virginia, Reed’s Bridge in Arkansas, and The Battle of Franklin in Tennessee. Heritage tourism was a central theme in all projects. Discussion included cultural resources, battlefield enhancements, use of visual arts, photographs, and the use of old and current maps to help determine the purpose of a local project. Building support for battlefield preservation in the community is critical. 

Later in the afternoon, Joseph Brent and Maria Campbell Brent of Mudpuppy & Waterdog, Inc, gave an update on the Helena Battlefield Plan. This summer some of the Wayside Signs will be installed.  27 locations in Helena will be interpreted. Some will have free standing waysides while others will feature a kiosk. Many sites have been lost over time, including Fort Curtis. However, I am happy to report that work has begun clearing a lot south of the original location between Columbia and Beech Streets where a replica of the Fort will be constructed.

Moore-Hornor House before Restoration                                

After Restoration

 Saturday morning attendees met Mark Christ at the restored Moore-Hornor House, which was built in 1859. According to a brochure produced by the Delta Cultural Center, “During the War, the residence was home to Union officers and is believed to be the headquarters of Union General Salomon during the Battle of Helena in 1863.  Graveyard Hill, the site of the bloodiest confrontation during the battle, is located directly behind the house and slopes down to join the yard.  Two holes in one of the parlor doors are attributed to shots fired through a back window.” The house is now owned by the state. 

After hearing Mark’s lecture on The Battle of Helena, we enjoyed a driving tour that included Battery D, Battery C, and Maple Hill Cemetery.Now hear this exciting news: following a fire last month of the kudzu that has surrounded at Battery C over the years, pristine Federal rifle pits were revealed! The best preserved rifle pits face the north and west facing Parson’s and McRae’s troops of Price’s Infantry Division. These are perhaps the best preserved rifle pits in the entire state! Now that is good news! Are you excited?

Hope to see you Tuesday at the Ten Mile House with David O. Dodd Don’t go to the Second Presbyterian Church, we will not be there!