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September 18, 2010

September 25, 2010
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstrations with Walkers Light Artillery
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Meeting place: Dogtrot House
Prairie Grove

Cannon firing demonstrations are scheduled every hour today. See the smoke, hear the boom, smell black powder burning, and feel the Civil War experience come to life. Contact the park for further details. This demonstration is presented by volunteer reenactors from the Walkers Light Artillery.
Admission: Free

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
506 East Douglas Street
Prairie Grove, AR 72753
Ph: (479) 846-2990

The Life of William E. Bevens
Jacksonport State Park

6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Meeting place: Campground

Listen as Mr. Bevens, a former resident of Jacksonport, describes his life in Jacksonport and his experiences during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Admission: Free

Jacksonport State Park
205 Avenue Street
Newport, AR 72112
Ph: (870) 523-2143

September 18, 2010

Civil War Weekend
November 6 - November 7, 2010
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Civil War was one of the most trying times in our nation’s history. During Civil War Weekend, visitors will walk the streets of a town touched by the hand of war. We will interpret the social and political issues leading up to the struggle as well as its last two years (1863 - 1865) when Washington was Confederate Capital of Arkansas. Re-enactors from across the region will present living history demonstrations, including combat scenarios, throughout the weekend. Tours of the many historic homes and buildings of the town as well as surrey rides will be available. Contact the park for a detailed program schedule.
Admission: $8 adults, $4 children

Ph: 870-983-2684,

September 15, 2010

Civil War Round Table of Arkansas and Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission shared a link.
The first of the Civil War Interpretive panels are now up in the Kelly Courtyard. This is the first step in a very exciting project!

September 13, 2010

We are finally moved and the forum is up and running, and now we can continue on.   I thought this book sounded pretty interesting.  It is a guide book to all of the Civil War markers and memorials in Missouri.

New book on southwest Missouri Civil War

historical markers and monuments published

Springfield, Mo. – The Mary Whitney Phelps Tent No. 22 Tent (Chapter), Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, based in Springfield, Missouri, has announced publication of its 400-page book on Civil War historical markers and monuments in 24 southwest Missouri counties. Those counties include: Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Polk, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, and Wright. Marking Civil War History in the Ozarks: A Guide to Civil War Markers and Monuments in Twenty-Four Southwest Missouri Counties was compiled and edited by the tent’s current president, Frances Carver Black, and was a project led by Sally Napier Bueno, 2009 president. Tent members contributed photographs and information from various counties. This guide book includes 187 historical markers and monuments—both Union and Confederate—and over 250 photographs, background information on the major battles in southwest Missouri, interesting facts about many of the monuments, and an every-name, every-place index. 

Proceeds from book sales will be used to mark historic sites, support veterans, and fund other projects. 

This book will appeal to history buffs, Civil War enthusiasts, and those interested in the history of the Ozarks. It will be a valuable guide book during the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015) as tourists flock to Civil War sites. Only a limited number of copies have been ordered. The organization is now accepting orders. The cost of the book is $15 (plus shipping and handling). To access the order form (or for more information), visit

September 7, 2010

The website has been moved to a new server and the forum is still under construction.  Please check back as we hope to have it back up and running in the next day with even more space.

Also, the Reed's Bridge Battlefield Reenactment is this weekend.  Scroll down this page for more info on that event.

September 3, 2010

Text Box:  



David O. Dodd

Camp No. 619

Sons of Confederate Veterans 

Invites You To Be Part of the Eighth Annual Civil War Gun and Relic Show 

Civil War Living History

 September 25, 2010 

at the Historic Shoppach House

(Corner of Main and Military Road)

 House Will Be Open for Tours

9:00 a.m.  to  3:00 p.m. 


August 28, 2010

August 26, 2010

Rondo Cemetery Sesquicentennial Marker Dedication 

Date: Sunday, September 19, 2010

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Rondo Cemetery, Rondo, Arkansas

Hosted by: Albert Pike Chapter UDC No. 2057 and 15th Johnson’s ARK Color Guard, SCV 

Preserving 150 Years of History regarding of the War Between the States

August 20, 2010

The New Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas Newsletter for August is now online.

August 16, 2010

The Reed’s Bridge Battle Field Preservation Society 
…cordially invites you to the dedication of two new Civil War Replica Cannons.  The dedication will take place at 11:00am on Saturday *August 28th, 2010.  at the “The Reed’s Bridge 7 Acres Homestead” on Hwy. 161 in Jacksonville. 

On August 27th, 1863, (exactly one hundred and forty seven years (147) ago from the date of the dedication,) Union and Confederate forces clashed at Reed’s Bridge on the Bayou Meta.  The Battle of Reed’s Bridge was pivotal to the control of Arkansas as Confederates forces fought to stop the Union advancement on Little Rock.  Reed’s Bridge Battlefield is on the National Historic Register and is considered to be one of the most well preserved Civil War sites in Arkansas.  

Directions to Reed’s Bridge 7 Acres Homestead

          • From 67/167 take Jacksonville Main St. exit

          • Turn east

          • Go 5/10th of a mile to the intersection of Main, Dupree Drive & James St. 

          • Turn right on the second right which is Dupree Drive

          • Go to stop sign and proceed on Dupree Dr which then becomes S. First St.

          • Go under railroad trestle

          • Continue on S.First St. as it becomes Hwy 161

          • Proceed thru stoplight at the intersection of Hwy 161 & Trickey Lane.

          • Stay on Hwy 161

          • Go past small brick fire station on left

          • Cross over bridge

          • Immediately turn left into Reed’s Bridge parking lot 

Cannons funded by the VFW Post 4548 and Jacksonville A&P Commission


August 5, 2010

Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable will meet on Tuesday, August 10th, at the Lonoke Museum in downtown Lonoke (on Hwy 70) to hear Mike Polson discuss Brig. Gen. Allison Nelson and the Camp Nelson Cemetery. Polson, a graduate of ASU Jonesboro, is staff historian at the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.
The program begins at 7:00 and the welcome mat is out. For additional information, call 501-676-6750.

August 3, 2010

Suzy Evans has an unusual website named the "History Chef" where she blogs about food in the course of history. 

Very interesting.  Check it out.

August 1, 2010

Added Camp Josephine McDermott (Rondo, Arkansas) Historical markers.  Location of 85 unknown Civil War soldiers who died of the measles there in 1862.

Old Rondo Cemetery - Miller County (16).JPG

July 29, 2010

UCA has a couple of symposiums coming up:

UCA History Symposium

Conference for Teaching the Social Studies
Friday, August 6, 2010
University of Central Arkansas, Conway
Student Center

“War and Its Impact on Society”


One Day Conference:

Friday, August 6, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Gary Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, University of Virginia.

About Dr. Gallagher:

Professor Gallagher is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War in America.  He is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including The Confederate Ward, Lee and His Army in Confederate History, andCauses Won, Lost and Forgotten:  How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War.

6 Hours of Professional Development Credit is Available!

Cost: $25.00

 Payment Options:

All standard payment options apply:

1.  Call and pay with a credit card by phone at 501-852-2394.  
      We accept Visa, Mastercard, or Discovery (please no American Express)

2.  Mail Payment to:

     UCA Division of Academic Outreach
     Attn:  Professional Development Dept.
     201 Donaghey Ave., BHCC Ste. 102
     Conway, AR  72035-5003

    Please make check payable to UCA.  Please note the name of the workshop in the memo.

    Please indicate your payment option on the online registration form. Thank you!

Free Public Lecture 

Thursday, August 5th, 7:30 pm
Student Center Ballroom, UCA

Topic: Union, Emancipation, and Nation: Sorting Out the North's Civil War

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Gary Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, University of Virginia.

July 28, 2010

Heads Up!

You are invited out to Reed's Bridge Battlefield in Jacksonville this Saturday where we will be finishing up on restoring the original Battlefield to its original condition along the fence line surrounding the park.  By doing this it opens up the bordering property for  clear view of the Confederate Artillery position.  If anyone is interested in helping in helping out either this weekend or any other weekend, please send me an  Those that help this Saturday will have the opportunity for a photo op for the Civil War News, as I am writing another article on Phase 2 of the restoration of Reed's Bridge.  I sure hope to see some of you there.  We will be at the Battlefield no later than 7:30am and will work until it gets hot... usually that tends to be around 1 or 2 pm.  Steve Shore has been heading up this effort and this s a great way to get everyone working together: the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of Union Veterans, Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas, and many others!


 Ron Kelley

Southern Brigade Commander

Arkansas Division- SCV

July 26, 2010



DECEMBER 1 – 4, 2010





Why did the good and Christian people of the South, choose to secede from the Union?


Paper to be submitted NLT October 15, 2010

             The paper should be not more than fifteen pages (double spaced) plus footnotes and bibliography and must be submitted by October 15th.  Papers may focus on issues related to secession in the individual states and territories of the United States of America.  Papers should attempt to determine why the people, or their delegates, decided on the radical course of secession as the political answer to the challenges of the time.  Papers may also address the personalities and issues leading to secession, but should be connected to the eventual votes within the respective states or across the South.  Of special importance is a concentration on Texas or the Trans Mississippi states and territories. 

             The Abstract is due: July 15, 2010  

            Submission of the paper is interpreted as approval for publication of the paper in the Proceedings of The Road to Secession Symposium and may be offered for sale to the general public. 

            For more information:   


            The cost for the symposium is 300.00 dollars per person, 500.00 per couple which includes Symposium fee, a copy of Proceedings and room and meals.  Entertainment will be provided during the evening.  Make checks payable to Upshur County Patriots, RTS.  This is first come, first serve.    

Send your checks to:               

  • The Road to Secession
    P.O. Box 1433
    Lindale, Texas, 75771

July 23, 2010

The new Roundtable of Arkansas newsletter has been published and may be viewed here:

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday night!

July 14, 2010

Gail Williams has sent us some pictures of the new Lunenburg Historical Marker and the Re-enactment presented in May.  Great job Gail, Thank you!

July 12, 2010

Ron Kelley with ArkansasToothpick has sent us a few events that are coming up:

Next weekend marks a very rare opportunity for Arkansas Civil War history buffs. There will be a memorial service for James G. Wilson, a Confederate Roll of Honor veteran on July 17, 2010 at 10:A.M. at the Cypress Valley Cemetery in Vilonia, Arkansas. More information on directions can be found at:

Anyone interested in helping restore an original battlefield in Arkansas is invited to come out to Reed's Bridge Battlefield (Officially known as the Battle of Bayou Metoe) in Jacksonville, Arkansas. There is always someone out there every Saturday morning until the early afternoon working on brush clearing, construction, mowing, and even gardening. The battle site is located on Arkansas Highway 161 south of the city of Jacksonville, Arkansas. This is a great opportunity for families to come out and help preserve our history! The next major Civil War reenactment in Arkansas will be at Reed's Bridge on September 11, 2010.

Another great family outing will be on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the annual Camp White Sulphur Springs encampment 7 miles west of Pine Bluff, Arkansas on Sulphur Springs Road. Civil War living historians will present a day of Civil War education and entertainment on the original grounds where nearly 10,000 Confederate soldiers helped reorganize the Army of the Trans-Mississippi in 1862. There will be more information on this event on soon.

July 10, 2010

Some links for further Civil War research:

July 6, 2010

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission has a few spots left open for their 2010 Signature Conference: Race, Slavery and the Civil War:

2010 Signature Conference
Race, Slavery and the Civil War:
The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory


September 24, 2010
Norfolk State University


Only a Few Seats Remain

Register Now for the second of seven annual Signature Conferences sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Noted historians will gather at to discuss various aspects of Race, Slavery, and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.

The conference will be chaired by acclaimed historian Dr. James O. Horton. Topics include:
  • Slavery, Freedom, and the Union Navy
    James McPherson
  • John Washington: How, When, Where and Why Emancipation Happened
    David Blight
  • The Image of the Emancipation Proclamation in Art and Memory
    Harold Holzer
  • The Role of the Underground Railroad as a Cause of the
    Civil War
    Spencer Crew
  • The Myth of Black Confederates
    Bruce Levine
  • The Quest for Black Rights in the Midst of War
    Edna Medford
  • African American Soldiers and the Struggle for Equality
    Ira Berlin
  • Addressing the Causes of the Civil War in Public History
    Dwight Pitcaithley
  • Harriet Jacobs in the Refugee Camps
    Jean Fagan Yellin
  • Waterways to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in
    Hampton Roads
    Cassandra Newby-Alexander

You won't want to miss this ground-breaking program. Seating is limited, so register now.


July 2, 2010

Legacies & Lunch

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 — Noon to 1 p.m.

Darragh Center, Main Library, 100 S. Rock St.


“Civil War Arkansas: The Rest of the Story” with Mark Christ, editor of The Die Is Cast: Arkansas Goes to War, 1861.

This program is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council.

June 30, 2010

New Veteran's Medallion available from the VA:

Veterans' Medallion Available for Order

New Option for Marking Veterans' Graves in Private Cemeteries

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2010) - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased's status as a Veteran. 

"For Veterans not buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery, or those without a government grave marker, VA is pleased to offer this option that highlights their service and sacrifices for our country," said Secretary Shinseki.

The new item can be furnished instead of a traditional government headstone or marker for Veterans whose death occurred on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. 

Under federal law, eligible Veterans buried in a private cemetery are entitled to either a government-furnished grave marker or the new medallion, but not both.  Veterans buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery will receive a government headstone or marker of the standard design authorized at that cemetery.

The medallion is available in three sizes: 5 inches, 3 inches and 1 ½ inches in width.  Each bronze medallion features the image of a folded burial flag adorned with laurels and is inscribed with the word "Veteran" at the top and the branch of service at the bottom. 

Next of kin will receive the medallion, along with a kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private cemetery to affix the medallion to a headstone, grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche cover.

More information about VA-furnished headstones, markers and medallions can be found at 

VA is currently developing an application form for ordering the medallion.  Until it is available, applicants may use the form for ordering government headstones and markers, VA Form 40-1330.  Instructions on how to apply for a medallion are found on the VA Web site at .

Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a VA national cemetery.  Other burial benefits available for all eligible Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a government headstone or grave marker. 

The new medallions will be available only to Veterans buried in private cemeteries without a government headstone or marker.  Families of eligible decedents may also order a memorial headstone or marker when remains are not available for interment.

VA operates 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites.  More than 3 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict -- from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan -- are buried in VA's national cemeteries on more than 19,000 acres. 

Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the VA Web site on the Internet at or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.

June 25, 2010

Interesting new Civil War book and blog, "Hiram's Honor: Reliving Private Terman's Civil War":

In this unique, historically-accurate novel based on the first-person experiences of his ancestor in the Civil War, Dr. Max Terman takes us back in time to Second Bull Run, Gettysburg, Belle Island prison, and Andersonville. You'll walk with Private Hiram Terman, a sensitive yet dutiful soldier, his two friends--the secular, cunning yet emotional Seth and the religious, unswerving Isaiah as they experience marches, camp-life, battles, capture, and prison camps. Also encountered are struggling generals, desperate civilians, ruthless fellow prisoners, and enemy soldiers, some mean and heartless, others kindly. Based on actual eyewitness accounts and real events, this is a story you'll never forget, a fitting tribute to the upcoming 150 year anniversary of the American Civil War.

Available for purchase at  Dr. Terman also has a blog with more information at Hiram's Honor.


June 19, 2010

The new Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas newsletter is now available online at:

Our next meeting will be June 22, 2010 at 7 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you there!

June 15, 2010

There are quite a few Civil War items on the Calendar for the next month:


Burgess Civil War Collection, June 20, 2010
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
506 E. Douglas
Prairie Grove, AR 72753
Ph: (479) 846-2990

Local Civil War enthusiast Steve Burgess will display and discuss Civil War items from his personal collection from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hindman Hall Visitor Center. Admission is free.

Sesquicentennial Information Meeting, June 22, 2010
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
100 W. Cypress St.
Brinkley, AR 72021
Ph: (501) 324-9886

To familiarize Arkansans with planned programs and activities of the commission, an informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, at the Central Delta Depot Museum at 100 West Cypress Street in Brinkley. Topics to be discussed include:

Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers
Civil War Sesquicentennial Passport Program
Annual Themes
Sanctioning of Local Events
Civil War Sesquicentennial Grants
Heritage Tourism.
This meeting is targeted to residents of Monroe, Prairie, Woodruff, Phillips, St. Francis and Lee counties, though everyone is invited to attend.

For more information or to RSVP, call Mark Christ at (501) 324-9886, email him at, or write him at Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Bullets, Bandages and Ballads, June 26, 2010
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
506 E. Douglas
Prairie Grove, AR 72756
Ph: 479-846-2990

Heritage Trail Partners, Inc. will sponsor an event at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on June 26, 2010. At noon local historian Steve Burgess will give a talk on the Battle of Cane Hill. The Back Porch Players will perform at the Dogtrot House from 1:15-2:15 followed by a program on the Life of a Civil War Surgeon by Doug Kidd at 2:30.

The Civil War: A Nation Divided

June 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010
Rogers Historical Museum
322 S. Second St.
Rogers, AR 72756
Ph: (479) 621-1154

This traveling exhibition from Blair-Murrah illustrates the Civil War through original prints by Winslow Homer, Currier and Ives, Edwin Forbes, E.F. Mullen, and many other artists who put their own lives on the line by joining the soldiers on the battlefields and in the camps. The prints will be accompanied by Civil War-era objects from the Museum's collection and from private collections.

Legacies at Lunch, July 7, 2010
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Darragh Center, Main Library 100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: (501) 320-5717

Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will present "Civil War Arkansas: The REST of the Story," an overview of events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865, from noon to 1 p.m.

June 14, 2010

Ron Kelley, webmaster for the Arkansas Toothpick has been really beefing up the the website and providing lots of new Civil War stuff.  Drop in and show your support.  Websites are a lot of work and we all take pleasure in well-maintained websites. Ron has always had a great site but I am glad to see he has kicked it into high gear.  Great job Ron!

June 7, 2010

Added photographs of the "Big Gun" in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas.

June 6, 2010

We have now added the video of Dr. Michael Dougan's March presentation on our facebook page.  It is broke up into several parts for easy view download time.

June 3, 2010

"Flag Day" Family Event to Be Held Saturday, June 12th in MacArthur Park

LITTLE ROCK, ARK., - The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will present a family-oriented celebration of "Flag Day" on Saturday, June 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds at MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock. Families are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. The event will include a free concert by the Little Rock Wind Symphony beginning at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, June 13. Sponsors include Blue Bell Creameries which will provide free ice cream and Woodmen of the World which will provide free miniature American flags to those attending the event. Veterans of all wars and branches will be honored at the concert.

"We are excited about this opportunity for families to celebrate Flag Day together in such a wonderful setting," says Stephan McAteer, executive director of the museum.

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman declared June 14 as Flag Day commemorating that date in 1777 when the Continental Congress proposed a national flag for the United States. Each year the president proclaims the commemoration encouraging all Americans to fly the Stars and Stripes at their homes and places of business.

The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History is a program of Little Rock Parks and Recreation, and was created to preserve and interpret the state's military heritage from its Territorial period to the present. The museum preserves the contributions of Arkansas men and women who have served both in peacetime and in war.

June 2, 2010

On a recent trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I was able to obtain some photographs of:

June 1, 2010

As you can see, I have cleared off the What's New page and you can find the old stuff in the Archives.  To start June off right, we have some random Civil War goodness from the David O. Dodd Anniversary.