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Civil War Roundtable of the Delta Monday Night in Helena

May 15, 2015 By: admin Category: 2015 Battle of Helena, Arkansas in the Civil War, News, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarThe next Civil War Roundtable of the Delta will be held 6 p.m., Monday, May 18 at Beth El Heritage Hall.
Mark Christ, Community Outreach Director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and John House, archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, will discuss the 2004 discovery of Confederate graves.
Clear-cutting in the vicinity of Battery D in Helena in 2004 disturbed a mass grave of Confederate soldiers in the area through which Brig. Gen. James Fagan’s Arkansas division attacked Union forces at the battery. The remains that were recovered were reburied in the Confederate Cemetery in Helena.

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Professional Development for Teachers

May 12, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, News, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarThe Department of Arkansas Heritage will be presenting professional development workshops across Arkansas this summer for Arkansas History teachers of all grade levels.

The schedule is:

June 15th: DeQueen-Mena Co-op
June 18th: ArchFord Co-op
June 24-25th: Southeast Co-op
July 6: O.U.R. Co-op
July 15-16: Wilbur D. Mills Co-op
July 22: Department of Arkansas Heritage
July 29-30: Northwest Co-op
July 31: University of Central Arkansas

You can read about the full array of topics at

Topics include “Arkansas Geography,” “The Trail of Tears in Arkansas,” “Civil Rights in Arkansas,” “Natural Heritage of the Civil War in Arkansas,” “Artist Residency Grants,” “Arkansas Borders: How We Got In This Shape,” and many more.

Details can be found at

For more information, email Allison Reavis at, or call at 501-324-9346.

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May 12, 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 an application for an Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker in Lafayette, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.

The marker, which is sponsored by the Lewisville Lions Club, will commemorate Civil War activities in Lafayette County and the African American legislators who represented Lafayette County during Reconstruction. The marker will be placed at a roadside picnic area on Highway 29 north of Lewisville.

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, Hot Spring, Howard, Lawrence, Montgomery, Polk and Sharp.

To date, 122 markers in 67 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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FORT LINCOLN FREEDOM FEST 2015: Adding new attractions while building on tradition

April 24, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, Living Histories, News, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarLITTLE ROCK, AR (March 29, 2015) – The Arnold Family Foundation has announced that the 5th Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest will be held this year on Saturday, May 2nd at the DeValls Bluff Community Center & Museum in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas.
The festival began in 2011 in honor of the historic significance and pivotal role that DeValls Bluff, along with the surrounding area, played during The Civil War. It attracts people from all over the state, as well as out of state, each year with its historic representations, exhibits and its family-friendly atmosphere.

The 5th Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest is expected to grow significantly in size and in attendance this year. Event organizers are rolling out even more things for festival-goers to do. Included are: two musical stages featuring 6 musical acts [Preservation Theory headline], a Car and Motorcycle Show ending with the People’s Choice Award for the best car and motorcycle to be held at First Baptist Church parking lot, a Bass tournament on the banks of White River to start at sunrise on May 2nd, the annual 5K run/family 2K walk, start time 8:00 a.m., shuttle rides all day to the actual Fort Lincoln, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a rock climbing wall, the UAMS Mammo Van, Arkansas Women’s Resource and the Arkansas Arts Center Artmobile and many other things for the entire family. This year’s festival will also extend its hours from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and the festival is FREE to enter.

Other Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest planned events beginning April 2015 include: The Miss Fort Lincoln Beauty Pageant will take place on Saturday, April 11th at the DeValls Bluff Community Center. You can find more information at Ft. Lincoln, or call Hannah Jones at (501) 951-4027.
The 2nd Annual Southern Heritage Wild Game Dinner will be held at the former DeValls Bluff School Gym on Saturday, April 18th 5:30 PM. Tickets (only $10) are going fast for this wild game supper, which will feature deer, duck, and wild turkey. Special guest speaker Steve “Wildman” Wilson with Arkansas Game and Fish.

The 3rd Annual School Days will feature The Life and Exploits Deputy United States Marshall Bass Reeves (The Lone Black Ranger) to take place at the old DeValls Bluff School Grounds is April 30-May 1 from 9-2. All schools are invited. 15 “living history stations” will present living lessons in history. Space is limited so please RSVP.

The DeValls Bluff Community Center & Museum is located at 710 East Sycamore Street, in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas just 50 miles east of Little Rock on Highway 70. For more information regarding these events, please go to, or contact the museum at (870) 998-2012 or Billy White, Festival Dir., at (501) 516-6064.

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Arkansas in the Civil War: Refugee Colonies Running Short on Food

April 21, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarOne hundred and fifty years ago, the commanding officer in Pine Bluff was very concerned about the fate of refugees in the area. Forced from their homes due to one reason or another, civilians bore the brunt of the suffering and dismay, especially toward the end of the war. With two armies having ravished the countryside of practically all food supplies, civilians were at the mercy of untold intangibles.

In response to his inquiring if anything could be done for the refugees, Powell Clayton received a response from Major-General J.J. Reynolds noting, “Their destitute condition demands that they be subsisted until they are able to raise crops… The officer detailed is authorized to have and use public means of transportation for their benefit; is also charged with procuring seeds, plowing their grounds, constructing cabins, &c.” Reynolds continued, “It is suggested that an abandoned plantation in the vicinity of your post should be appropriated for their use, and all who are unable to provide for themselves be required to remove to it. This removes them from contact with the troops, and is for this reason a precaution against demoralization.”

Pine Bluff was just one among several sites refugees sought protection from roaming bands of bushwhackers and from starvation. For more information on refugee colonies and other Arkansas Civil War topics, go to

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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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