By: Brad Hartsfield
As the year is slipping by, it seems that the schedule of events for the 15th Arkansas Company C, “Yell Rifles,” is growing. The Yell Rifles are a civil war reenacting group that works on projects and events with the Seven Generals Camp #135 SCV. For the majority of the year 2014, the Yell Rifles have stayed close to their base of operations, Helena, AR.
In Helena, the Yell Rifles volunteer time to the Delta Cultural Center to help with the tours of local Civil War sites, such as Fort Curtis, Battery ‘C,’ and the Confederate Cemetery. Other volunteer work that the Yell Rifles help with, is the cleaning of historical interpretive markers scattered through town, battlefield clean-up, and helping with preparations for the next Battle of Helena reenactment, coming up on the weekend of March 14, 2015. The Yell Rifles also travel to events as well.
Since January the Yell Rifles have traveled to Little Rock, AR, for the annual David O. Dodd memorial service. February was spent clearing the Confederate Cemetery of ice damage and downed limbs, and attended a dutch oven cooking class, at the Delta Heritage Trail State Park, Barton, AR. March was a campout with the Boy Scouts and the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Service. April, a few members of the group took part in the Battle of Prairie De’Ann, Prescott, AR. May, the boys traveled to the Battle of Jenkins Ferry, which was held in Sheridan, AR, as well as taking part in the festivities and skirmish at the DeValls Bluff, AR Fort Lincoln Freedom Festival, and was part of the Honor Guard at the Memorial Day celebration in Marvell, AR. June was set aside for planning the 4th of July festivities and training drills. July, the 4th was the 151st commemoration of the Battle of Helena, which included a camp out at the base of Battery ‘C’, and on the 13th attended the General Nathan Bedford Forrest birthday celebration in Memphis, TN. August was a hot month so the schedule was limited to one event, but it was a great event in Colt, AR. The ceremony for the marker dedication was beautiful.
The next adventure is just around the corner, September 19-21, The Battle of Farmington, MS, located in Iuka, MS. We are always looking for good events, so if you know of any please let us know. If you are looking for a reenacting home or want to get started in Civil War reenacting, drop us a line on Facebook, just look for ‘Seven Generals Camp #135 / 15th Ark Yell Rifles.’
September 19-21 – Battle of Farmington, Iuka, MS
October 9-11 – King Biscuit Blues Festival Helena, AR (Help American Legion Park Cars)
October 18 – Reeds Bridge Battlefield Living History, Jacksonville, AR
October 25 – Arkansas Monument Dedication, Franklin, TN
November 1 – Pioneer Village Living History/Skirmish, Searcy, AR
December 5-7 – Battle of Prairie Grove, AR. Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park