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Arkansas Civil War Podcast: 3-30-15

March 30, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas, Videos

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Arkansas in the Civil War: Colonies in NW Arkansas

March 30, 2015 By: admin Category: 150th Anniversary Project, Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarAs the Civil War was winding down one hundred and fifty years ago, refugees from every corner of the state were on the brink of starvation. As supply routes faded away and food sources dried up across the state, the Union army and refugees behind Union lines in the Ozarks had another plan. According to a dispatch sent by Colonel M. La Rue Harrison to Brigadier-General Sanborn, “There are in the counties of Benton, Washington, and Madison sixteen fresh colonies as agricultural settlements, twelve of which are well organized.”

The colonies that appeared in North West Arkansas, “number an aggregate of about 1,200 men, mostly armed.” The dispatch noted, “The colonies all build fortifications [and] not less than 15,000 acres will be cultivated this summer by them.”

In the relative safety in the established colonies in the Ozarks, “The colonies on Pea Ridge number 108 men… They tell me they have 4,000 acres under fence, and will cut 800 acres of wheat in July.” With a more dependable food source, the refugees, “are in better spirits than ever before since the war began. We truly have cause to rejoice.”

As the war wound down, thus did the number of military actions in the state. Those that occurred this week one hundred and fifty years ago include a scout from Pine Bluff to Bayou Bartholomew from April 1-4; and skirmishes on April 2 at Van Buren and Hickory Station. For a complete list of military actions in Arkansas during the Civil War, go to

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Three Arkansas Civil War 150 Historical Markers Approved

March 27, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, News, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarLITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved applications for Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers in Sevier, Benton and Pulaski counties, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.
The approved markers are:
* Sevier County in the Civil War, commemorating the county’s efforts to supply men and materials for the Confederate army. Sponsored by the Sevier County Genealogical Society, the marker will be placed at the Belleville Church and Cemetery
* Skirmishes at Mudville, commemorating Civil War events near what is now Lowell. Sponsored by the Lowell Historical Museum, the marker will be placed near 300 Old Wire Road in Lowell.
* Arkansas Cadets at New Market, commemorating Arkansas youths at the Virginia Military Institute who fought in the battle of New Market. Sponsored by the Downtown Dames, the marker will be placed in Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.
Through the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program, the ACWSC works with local partners to help tell the stories of how the Civil War affected communities around the state. The Commission hopes that there will be at least one marker in each of the state’s 75 counties by the end of the commemoration in 2015. Counties that currently do not have Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers are Bradley, Calhoun, Crawford, Franklin, Hot Spring, Howard, Lafayette, Lawrence, Montgomery, Newton, Polk and Sharp.
To date, 116 markers in 63 counties have been approved. Marker applications are available at
For more information on sesquicentennial plans, visit or e-mail
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is housed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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New Press Release from History Commission

March 27, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, News, Research, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Little Rock – In commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the agency will host digitization clinics each Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in its conference room.

For the April digitization clinics, AHC staff invites the general public to bring in material appropriate for scanning on flatbed scanners or for photographing, such as documents, maps or photographs. AHC archivists will scan and save to CDs copies of scanned material for the public. Members of the general public who choose to take advantage of this free scanning service will be asked to share the digital copies with the History Commission for research, exhibits and publication.

“The digitization clinic is a modern twist on the way the History Commission built its collections from the beginning,” said Commission Director Dr. Lisa Speer. “Through the years, our collections have grown thanks to the foresight of historically minded citizens across Arkansas and the U.S. We still like receiving donations of historical manuscripts and records, but we recognize that not everyone is ready to donate their family papers and memorabilia. This digitization clinic provides them with an option to share the content, while maintaining the originals during their lifetime.”

The Arkansas History Commission was created during the 1905 session of the Arkansas General Assembly for the purpose of collecting and preserving Arkansas’s significant wealth of historic material.

For additional information on the Arkansas History Commission and these clinics, please phone 501-682-6900 or email

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Arkansas in the Civil War: Refugees in Arkansas

March 21, 2015 By: admin Category: 150th Anniversary Project, Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarOne hundred and fifty years ago, large numbers of refugees were having an extremely difficult time in Arkansas. According to a dispatch sent to Lt. Colonel John Levering in Fort Smith, “I am very much embarrassed with the very large number of destitute people who are colonizing near the posts of this command. I fear most of these people will be driven from their colonies by rebel bands, who are already making their appearance in considerable numbers.”

Following several years of war in Arkansas, the land was bereft of any sizable crop nor other food supplies to subsist on. As the irregular war comprised of raids by bushwacker bands of roving outlaws on citizens and Union forces throughout the state, the dispatch noted, “The guerrillas have already made their appearance, robbing people within one mile of my lines. On the north side of the river they are quite numerous; near Fayetteville two or three parties, each numbering 50 to 100.”

Many Arkansas citizens had to relocate within the Union lines for protection from the roaming bands of irregulars. The dispatch noted, “The citizens now occupy every cabin and field within five to ten miles of this place and Van Buren, all of whom expect protection from the Government. The organization of companies for their own protection will amount to nothing. They will be so much scattered that they cannot protect themselves.”

As the war wound down in Arkansas, her citizens were left at the mercy of that same army that invaded in 1862.

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Civil War in Helena

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The Seven Generals Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp in Helena, Arkansas needs your help in funding several historic projects. The camp plays an integral part in the maintenance of battle field sites and preservation of historic properties. A donation in any amount would be greatly appreciated and put to good use!

A list of the sites maintained by the Seven Generals Camp:
1) The Confederate Cemetery, where over 120 Confederates are buried, including General Patrick R. Cleburne, General James C. Tappan, and General Thomas C. Hindman.

2) Civil War Helena interpretative markers- we maintain over 50 historical interpretative panels throughout the city, including the battlefield, Confederate Cemetery, General Tappan's home, Battery C, and many other historic sites.

3) Confederate Memorial Park- We purchased and donated to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. in Columbia, TN approximately an acre of battlefield property that serves as a memorial to the Confederates that fought in and died in the Battle of Helena. Many soldiers are still unaccounted for and this park serves as their "marker". We maintain the park and the costs are mounting in maintenance, an electric bill to keep a light on the 1st National Confederate Flag that flies on a nice 25 foot pole overlooking Fort Curtis across the street.

4) We do living histories often and have a growing number of recruits that want to start re-enacting and doing living histories and interpretative programs. The costs of purchasing new and used Civil War re-enacting supplies are staggering. Any monetary or re-enacting supplies that can be donated would be appreciated.

If you would like to donate used or new re-enacting gear and supplies, we will take any items, even if they need to be fixed or mended. Re-enacting clothing items of all sizes and types needed, including hats. We have a youth program as well, so smaller sizes are welcomed as well. If you would like to donate supplies or equipment, mail it to Seven Generals Camp, PO Box 409, Helena, AR 72342.

The best part is that all items donated to the Seven Generals Sons of Confederate Camp #135's living history program are tax deductible! Upon the arrival of your donation, we will respond with our tax ID# for tax purposes.

Below are a couple choices in donating to the maintenance and preservation of Helena's battlefield:

-Make a one-time donation in any amount

-Make a donation on a regular basis. Those that donate $1000 over time will have their names on a sign of donors on Confederate Memorial Park and you will receive the Lt. William Rector Award, which includes a certificate and a medal. Over time we will start an endowment that will ensure the perpetual upkeep of historic Confederate sites in Helena.

Confederate Memorial Park- Helena, AR

Arkansas In The Civil War

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Because of the valiant support of dedicated individuals across the globe, the money has been raised for the purchase of Confederate Memorial Park in Helena, Arkansas.

We have taken a rare opportunity for the Sons of Confederate Veterans to own a core piece of battlefield and made it a reality! Located in Helena, Arkansas directly across from Fort Curtis and to the side of a Civil War era home (Moore-Hornor Home), both properties of which are maintained by the State of Arkansas (Delta Cultural Center) is approximately an acre of core battlefield that backs up to the site where General Price's troops made an attack on Fort Curtis on July 4, 1863.

On March 15, 2013 the General Executive Committee of the Sons of Confederate Veterans met in Biloxi, MS. At this meeting it was decided that the property will be donated to the SCV- This is a much-needed heritage victory in the Delta!

Your support is greatly needed!
Mail a check or money order today to:

Seven Generals Camp #135
PO Box 409
Helena, AR 72342

Your donation is tax-deductable!

ALL donations are tax-deductible!

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