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Renew Your Car Tags With the new Arkansas SCV License Plate

October 01, 2014 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, News, Preservations, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarIf your car tags expire this month, consider replacing your current tags with the new Arkansas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates! The plate can be purchased by anyone registered in the state of Arkansas- NOTE: you do NOT have to be a member in the Sons of Confederate Veterans to purchase this plate. Most Arkansas Revenue Departments around the state were issued these new license plates and should be available in your area!

Don’t forget to get your new Sons of Confederate Veterans plate when you renew your tags! Funds raised by the sell of these plates will go to educational outreach and preservation of Southern heritage in Arkansas.

If you have any questions, contact Tom Bird at: 501-388-3805 or email:wtbird77728@yahoo.com.


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Arkansas in the Civil War: Monticello, Arkansas serves as Confederate Hub

September 29, 2014 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, Confederate forces were scattered across the state while the Union army and navy acted and reacted to intelligence reports coming in to Little Rock. In a dispatch sent this week one hundred and fifty years ago, we learn that a concentration of Confederate forces in Monticello was “intended for operation against your lines [in Little Rock] and to cover Price’s operations in Missouri, and the attack is more likely to be made upon Pine Bluff, or, by crossing the Arkansas low down, upon your communications at Devall’s Bluff.”

Monticello during the Civil War was a Confederate hub. Road systems were likened to a proverbial spiderweb coming together in the Drew County seat. Hundreds of men from the area joined Confederate service there and served as a headquarters for several generals throughout the latter part of the war in Arkansas.

Military actions in the state one hundred and fifty years ago include a skirmish at White Oak Creek on the 29th; a skirmish at Hickory Station on October 1; and a scout was sent from Helena to Alligator Bayou from October 1-4. For a complete list of military actions that occurred in Arkansas during the Civil War, go to www.arkansastoothpick.com.


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Arkansas Monument to be placed in Franklin, Tenn October 25, 2014

September 27, 2014 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, News, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas


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Arkansas Toothpick Welcomes New Column on the Red River Campaign

September 23, 2014 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, Red River Column, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarWith the battlefields of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove receiving center stage in the state thorough their parks, visitor centers and large operating budgets, the other Civil War campaigns that occurred in Arkansas are sometimes overlooked. However, they were no less deadly and their outcomes often affecting the path Arkansas followed during the rebellion.

Such was the case in the Saline River bottoms 150 years ago when two vast armies snaked their way across Southern Arkansas. One was an army of blue, desperately seeking to return to the safety of Little Rock. The other, an army of grey, was seeking to destroy their foe at any cost. The resulting Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry was the culmination of the failed 1864 Camden Expedition.

It was the largest, and deadliest conflict of the Arkansas portion of the Red River Campaign.

It was a battle that saw six generals go down that day in those muddy river bottoms – four of them would be mortally wounded, that battle being their last. It was a battle where horrific atrocities occurred – on both sides.

I have devoted over thirty years reading and researching the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry. I have walked that battlefield hundreds of times, standing in that deadly space where 150 years ago war raged.

In the coming months, I will introduce you to the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry in a new light, to bring forth facets of the battle that will cause you to rethink what you know, or don’t know about one of Arkansas’ largest, and least talked about, Civil War battles.

Joe Walker is the author of “Harvest of Death: The Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, Arkansas,” the first major work in fifty years focusing on one of the largest and bloodies Civil War battles in Arkansas history. Through the use of previously unpublished photographs and stories, Walker brings the battle to life as never before.

For more information, visit Joe Walker’s website: http://www.1864arkansas.com and his blog: http://blog.1864arkansas.com


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Arkansas in the Civil War: Scouts Search Countryside for Confederate Forces

September 22, 2014 By: admin Category: 150th Anniversary Project, Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarThroughout the Civil War, many expeditions and scouts were sent from Helena to scout the surrounding countryside for enemy locations, for food, and for general geography scouting. Such a scout left Helena on September 22, 1864 and returned on the 28th. The unit charged with this expedition was the 60th U.S.C.T.

Having left Helena, the unit patrolled roads and bayous for signs of the enemy. Few were found as deserters who could not keep up with the fast-moving Confederate forces scattered across the Delta. One of the successes of the expedition included the “pressing” of nearly a dozen horses into service for the US army and a few head of cattle were found. Relative peace was starting to settle on the Delta as Confederate forces headed toward Missouri.

Other military actions that occurred in Arkansas this week one hundred and fifty years ago include an expedition from Little Rock to Fort Smith from September 25-October 13; a skirmish at Vache Grass on the 26; an affair at Clarksville on the 28th; and a skirmish at White Oak Creek on the 29th. For a complete list of military actions that occurred in Arkansas during the Civil War, go to www.arkansastoothpick.com.


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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!

The Arkansas Toothpick is the largest repository of Arkansas Civil War history and heritage. Observing the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States is a task that the Toothpick does not take lightly, as we have posted original and exclusive articles on events in Arkansas on a weekly and chronological basis since 2010 (150 years after 1860). The purpose of the "150 Years Ago..." articles, written and researched by Ron Kelley and Don Roth, is to give a true reflection of the political, martial, and other aspects of Arkansas history leading up to and through the American Civil War.

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