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Our 46th Year 

Meets Fourth Tuesday; January-November
Founded 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


 Civil War Flags at The Old State House Museum


Joellen Maack

Join us Tuesday night as Joellen Maack, curator for 14 years at The Old State House Museum in Little Rock, brings us a program on the Civil War Flags being cared for at the Museum.  Completed in 1842, the Old State House Museum served as the first capital of Arkansas.

 Maack received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Part of Maack’s program will center on the October 30th   acquisition of two Arkansas battle flags that have been in Missouri since 1904.

One is the Hart’s Flag from Dallas County and the other is the Arkansas 6th and 7th Combined Regimental Flag. A fund raising campaign will soon begin for the restoration of these flags. The collection of Confederate battle flags is now available on line:

At the web site you will read that “In 1905, the United States War Department, as a gesture of reconciliation, returned the captured Confederate flags to the respective states. Since the 1950’s the flags have been entrusted to the museum. The effects of light have proven to damage the flags, so they are not displayed frequently.

Some of the flags in the collection:


 In describing the killed and wounded at the Battle of Murfreesboro, one Arkansas commander recounted: "Among the rest was our gallant flag bearer, whose hand was shot off, and he was forced to abandon his colors."



Jim Campi, with the Civil War Preservation Trust, sends us the following update:

 Civil War Flags May Face Their Toughest Battle Yet
By Chris Carola

Associated Press (NAT)

They made it through Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg, but many of the Civil War battle flags in the nation's state-owned collections might not survive the budget battles being waged in some statehouses.

Preservation work on deteriorating banners carried in some of the war's bloodiest battles has been eliminated, scaled back, or ignored by state budget planners focused on finding money for basics such as education, health care, and transportation.

In New York, home to the nation's largest state-owned collection of Civil War battle flags, money for a preservation project is being cut from Gov. David Paterson's proposed budget. Indiana's funding for flag conservation has been returned to the state's general fund. Ohio hasn't provided government funding for its 400-plus Civil War battle flags in nearly a decade.

Another recent budget casualty is Pennsylvania's allocation for maintaining the battle-flag collection it preserved in the 1980s.

"Thank goodness we did it back then," Ruthann Hubbert-Kemper, executive director of the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee, said of the project, which conserved all of the Keystone State's nearly 400 Civil War battle flags.

The lack of funding for flag preservation could hurt efforts to promote the 150th anniversary of the Civil War next year.

Battle flags are commonly used in Civil War exhibits, but usually only after lengthy preservation work that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Staging publicity-generating events using the flags may be more difficult in the run-up to the Civil War sesquicentennial in 2011, advocates say.

"This isn't the time to be cutting this. It's the time to be increasing it, because it will be bring in tourism dollars," said Ed Norris of Lancaster, Mass., head of the battle-flag preservation committee for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The total number of battle flags in state-owned collections isn't clear, but it's likely several thousand, only a fraction of which have been preserved. Some have deteriorated into mere fragments and fringe, victims of neglect or exposure to light, heat, and humidity. "Time is the enemy," Hubbert-Kemper said.

With New York facing a budget deficit in the billions of dollars, the state is dropping its $100,000 annual funding for flag preservation, parks agency spokesman Dan Keefe said.

Civil War buffs and historians consider battle flags, especially those damaged by shot and shell, to be among the most compelling artifacts to survive the war. Flags marked a regiment's location on the battlefield, and flag bearers made prominent targets. Some banners are stained with blood.

"There are many flags that were carried in battle heroically by soldiers who died in doing so," said Christopher Morton, assistant curator at the State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, where many of New York's flags are stored.

In the South, several states rely on donations from reenactment groups and descendants of Confederate soldiers to fund flag preservation.

The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., is home to the largest Civil War battle-flag collection in the South, with more than 500.

Joelleen Maack will update us Tuesday night on the estimated cost to restore the new acquisitions at the Old State House Museum.


The CWPT announces that 2,944 Acres of Hallowed Ground were saved in 2009

Included on the list are:

Battlefield                               State               Acreage

Natural Bridge                          FL                    55

Tupelo                                      MS                  12

Raymond                                  MS                  66

Parker’s Crossroads                 TN                   5

Davis Bridge                             TN                   643

Wood Lake                              MN                  60


14 locations in Virginia, some include:

Brandy Station                                      433

Chancellorsville                                     85

Appomattox Station                                          47

Wilderness                                                       94


To view the entire report visit the Civil War Preservation Trust at



 Membership Dues 

Our good Treasurer, Brian Brown, reminds us that membership dues for 2010 are due now. These monies help to pay for the transportation and lodging costs of our speakers. Printing costs for our newsletter and brochures we have at various locations in Central Arkansas are also supported by your dues. In addition, monies are also used for the wayside signs for the Campaign for Little Rock that the CWRT of Arkansas purchases and maintains.  

Annual dues are only $20. Additional monetary gifts that you make will be used for preservation efforts for Civil War battlefields, places and objects of historical importance related to the Civil War.

 You can pay on line: or by mail:

Brian Brown, Treasurer

The Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, Inc.

P.O. Box 25501

Little Rock, AR 72221            

Questions? Call Brian at 501-376-2981

Special Thanks

Thanks to Dr. William Shea, professor of history at the University of Arkansas in Monticello, for an outstanding program at our last meeting in 2009. His topic was on The Battle of Prairie Grove which was fought on December 7, 1862. Several members of our Roundtable purchased copies of his new book, Fields of Blood, available thru the University of North Carolina Press.  

Mark Christ wrote a book review in the Arkansas Democrat/Gazette on December 13, 2009. Christ writes: “Much of Shea’s focus falls on Confederate Gen. Thomas Carmichael Hindman, who took command of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi in May 1862.  The book describes a situation in which state government was virtually nonexistent and local governments ceased to function as Arkansas teetered toward total chaos.”

After the Battle of Pea Ridge practically all Confederate troops, arms, ammunition, wagons, harnesses, and other military stores in Arkansas were sent to Corinth. Christ continues: “Within 10 weeks he (Hindman) had cobbled together a viable army of more than 20,000 soldiers, staggered Union offensive operations, and set his eyes on the Confederate grail of bringing Missouri into the secessionist fold. “It was an achievement without parallel in the Civil War,” concludes Shea, who has described Hindman as the greatest Rebel general of all, not for his skill on the battlefield but for his unprecedented accomplishments west of the Mississippi.”

Fields of Blood should be on the shelf on every library on those interested in the Trans-Mississippi. It is on mine, (your editor). Thanks again Dr. Shea!


Speakers for 2010

February          Dr. Michael Dougan, History Professor ASU in Jonesboro:

“General Pearce” 

March              Mark Hayes, Naval History and Heritage Command in Annapolis, MD:

                        “Strategic Impact of Joint Operations on the Western Rivers Spring 1862”

 April                 “David O. Dodd” at the Ten Mile House in Little Rock

May                 Mark Christ, Community Outreach Director, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program: “Battle of Arkansas Post”

June                 TBA 

July                  Brian Brown, Local Historian:

                        “The Battle of Belmont or Fort Donelson”


Hope to See You Tuesday Night with Joellen Maack and her Flags!