24Jul/16

Today in Arkansas During the Civil War (July 24)

Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of ArkansasOn this day in Arkansas Civil War history, expeditions were being launched from Helena in 1862. The Union army under the direction of Samuel R. Curtis, had just entered Helena on a few days prior. Expeditions were launched to scout the countryside for food and general intelligence. Today marks the third day in an expedition launched from Helena to Arkansas in the Civil War: A Military Atlas[/caption]Coldwater, Mississippi. It also marks the start of another expedition from Helena to Marianna, which would last three days. The Union army had plenty of soldiers for simultaneous expeditions with the 10,000 that entered the Delta with General Curtis.

Military actions in this “Today in Arkansas During the Civil War” column can be traced better using the Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas. You can trace the same roads they walked in many cases in this atlas. You can find obscure references to communities mentioned in Civil War records that can be located in this atlas. Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas is the perfect companion book for this “Today in History” series.

If you know of any other military actions or other things that happened that we did not post on a certain day, send us an email to info@arkansastoothpick.com.

23Jul/16

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas Press Kit Page 3 (Book Reviews)

Since the publication of Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas, the reviews on Amazon have been very good. In the first month we received three five-star reviews that show how significant this atlas was for their lives. These reviews show the varying degrees in which this atlas is being used and appreciated.

This volume is indeed a must-have for anyone studying the Civil War in Arkansas and anyone studying family history during or following the Antebellum period. With over three thousand historic sites indexed, this volume is a reference book every professional or amateur historian must have.

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas

Click HERE for PAGE 1 of the Press Kit
Click HERE for Page 2 of the Press Kit

23Jul/16

Today in Arkansas During the Civil War (July 23)

Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of ArkansasToday in Arkansas Civil War history: Today marked the second day in a four day expedition from Helena to Coldwater, Mississippi. Also today in 1862, there was a skirmish at Bole’s Farm.

Military actions in this “Today in Arkansas During the Civil War” column can be traced better using the Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas. You can trace the same roads they walked in many cases in this atlas. You can find obscure references to communities mentioned in Civil War records that can be located in this atlas. Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas is the perfect companion book for this “Today in History” series.

If you know of any other military actions or other things that happened that we did not post on a certain day, send us an email to info@arkansastoothpick.com.

22Jul/16

Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas Newsletter July 2016

Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of ArkansasThe Arkansas Civil War Roundtable meets the 4th Tuesday, at 7:00p.m. of every month except December. We meet at 2nd Presbyterian Church at the corner of Cantrell Rd. and Pleasant Valley Drive. 2nd Presbyterian is one block east of the Cantrell exit off I-430.

Many thanks to Brian Brown for his talk in June on Abel Streight vs Nathan Bedford Forrest: The Mule Raid. This was full of antics and fowl ups.
Our speaker for our July 26, meeting will be Dr. Cheryl White, Assistant Professor of History at LSU- Shreveport, LA. Her talk will be on Confederate General Leonidas Polk. Dr. White is the co-author of two books, Historic Haunts of Shreveport and Wicked Shreveport, and the author of Confederate General Leonidas Polk: Louisiana’s Fighting Bishop. Hopefully she will bring copies of this book. If you would like, we are meeting with Dr. White at Franke’s (11121 N. Rodney Parham) at 5:30p.m. for a meet and eat. Come join us for some fellowship time and to get to know Dr. White before the regular meeting.

Below is a listing of the upcoming speakers and subjects for 2016:
July 26th, Dr. Cheryl White; Gen. Leonidas Polk
Aug. 23rd, Ron Kelley; his new book; Arkansas in the Civil War: 1861: Diary of a State (Diary of a State: Arkansas in the Civil War) (Volume 2)
Sept. 27th, Tom DeBlack; Civil War Figures
Oct 25th, Hank Simmons; Confederate Bonds
Nov. 24th, Drew Hodges topic to be announced
We do not meet in December

We hope you can make all of our meetings. As you can see we have some great programs this year!

On Sunday, July 17 in the Arkansas Democrat/Gazette was an article about a book, National Geographic The Civil War: A Traveler’s Guide. This book is developed in partnership with the Blue and Gray Education Society and the book aims “to put the war in historical perspective and present the breadth of the conflict.” Highlights include a state-by-state breakdown of more than 600 battlefields and Civil War related sites. There is a 16-page section on Arkansas. You can order this book through National Geographic for $25.95 or get it through Amazon Prime for $17.60. Sounds like a good read.

The next meeting of the AR Civil War Roundtable will be Tuesday, August 23rd with Ron Kelley as our speaker.

22Jul/16

Today in Arkansas During the Civil War (July 22)

Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of Arkansas
Today in Arkansas history during the Civil War on July 22, 1861, General Hardee arrives in Arkansas to take chage of the troops here. It is then when he discovers Arkansas troops have very few arms, ammunition, or clothing. The commanding General then informs General Price in Missouri that he cannot assist in saving MIssouri for the Confederacy until the organization of Arkansas troops was completed. Many state troops balked at being transferred to Confederate control and went home.

Today in 1862 (July 22, 1862) an expedition began from Helena to Coldwater, Mississippi.

Today in 1864 (July 22, 1864) there was a skirmish near Pine Bluff.

Military actions in this “Today in Arkansas During the Civil War” column can be traced better using the Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas. You can trace the same roads they walked in many cases in this atlas. You can find obscure references to communities mentioned in Civil War records that can be located in this atlas. Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas is the perfect companion book for this “Today in History” series.

If you know of any other military actions or other things that happened that we did not post on a certain day, send us an email to info@arkansastoothpick.com.

21Jul/16

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas Press Kit Page 2 (Author Biographies)

The two historians that came together in the most unlikely of circumstances created the only known published and available atlas of Arkansas in the Civil War. The full color pages help historians and researchers find previously unknown sites.

Randy Puckett lives in Conway and is the “map guy” that created the full color atlas pages over the span of ten years. His love for maps is obvious when you see the full color illustrations of Arkansas in 1864 in this atlas.

Ron Kelley comes from a historical background and serves as the Editor of the the Arkansas Toothpick publications, including this atlas. He works in Helena, Arkansas as a public historian and is the field reporter for The Helena World newspaper- one of the oldest still-functioning newspapers in the state.

Take the time to read this page of our media kit to learn a little more about Randy Puckett and Ron Kelley. You will be seeing a lot more of their work soon.

For the publications we release, a full press kit will be sent to media outlets all over the state. Below is the first page of the latest press kit for Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas:

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas


To purchase this book, click HERE!

Click HERE to go back and read page one of the Press Kit!

20Jul/16

Rare Artillery Shell on Display in Helena

These photos are of a very rare artillery shell on loan by Charles Maggio. This shell would have been fired by the battery section of the 1st Indiana/5th Kansas “Steel” rifle, as the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion note. There were very few battles during the Civil War in which these would have been fired, Helena was one of them. The Blakley, or Steel rifle was situated in the area near current day Cleo Dunning Park sits in the north section of Helena. These shells are on display at the Helena Museum in the Civil War room.

If you want to highlight an artifact you have seen in an Arkansas museum or interpretative center, email us at info@arkansastoothpick.com

Blakley Shell- Civil War

Blakley Shell- Civil War in the Helena Museum (Arkansas)

Blakley Shell- Civil War in the Helena Museum (Arkansas)

Blakley Shell- Civil War in the Helena Museum (Arkansas)

19Jul/16

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas Press Kit Page 1

The latest publication by Arkansas Toothpick Publishing, LLC debuted at #1 new best seller on Amazon and the sales are still doing well. Because the Arkansas Toothpick will soon be expanding our printed services to the Civil War community in Arkansas, we would appreciate any reviews our readers can give on Amazon. We also appreciate all our faithful readers and new fans of the Civil War in Arkansas.

For the publications we release, a full press kit will be sent to media outlets all over the state. Below is the first page of the latest press kit for Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas:

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas


To purchase this book, click HERE!

17Jul/16

Arkansas Toothpick Update

Arkansas Toothpick Publishing, LLCSummer is always a busy time for historians. This summer is certainly no exception! We have been maintaining this large site for many years and now we have a publishing company associated with it. With that said, we will be announcing big things this fall as the Toothpick will expand its Arkansas Civil War discoveries, announcements, etc. The truth is that there are so many talents and amazing historians throughout the state that will never be given a chance at publication of their discoveries.

Those days are numbered! If you would like to try your hand at publishing a column on an area of the Civil War that you are familiar with, we would love to hear from you! If you want to submit your Arkansas Civil War-related art, photography, etc. email us info@arkansastoothpick.com. Exact plans will not be released to the public for another several months, but there will be an opportunity for you to become a published historian and make a little money! Send us your columns, articles, essays, art, photos- but they must be original and it must involve Arkansas in the Civil War somehow. We will get back with you about the project we are working on right now behind the scenes.

If you have ordered and read any of our books from Amazon, please take a moment to write us a review! We need all the reviews we can get! The following books we would appreciate your time in giving us a review:

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Warning: As you visit the battlefields in Arkansas this summer, please take heat precautions! This summer is shaping up to be hotter than usual. But while you are there, snap a few photos and send them to us!