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March 31, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, News, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 4, 2015); The annual Confederate Heritage Day ceremony will be held at 11 am Saturday, April 4, on the state capitol grounds. This is another part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans observing the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.
The event is a celebration of three separate events: Arkansas Confederate History and Heritage Month, Confederate Memorial Day and Confederate Flag Day. The program is part of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Events for 2015. During 1865, Arkansas was witness to a skirmish at Dardanelle, Marion, Clarksville, the passage of the 13th amendment by Arkansas Legislators, surrender of Gen. M. Jeff Thompson at Chalk Bluff, and the surrender of all Confederate troops at Jacksonport on June 5, 1865. Arkansas was the fourth most active state in the numbers of Battles/Skirmishes during the War Between the States.
This is the ninetieth year that all three events have been combined into one.
The public is invited to attend and bring examples of the variety of flags used by Arkansas units and of the Confederate government and its army during the War. There will be different patterns of flags on display.
SCV members, Reenactors and Living Historians in period clothing will lay flowers and fire a gun salute at the conclusion of the ceremony (the honor guard is asked to be at Capitol by 10:30am for safety checks on their rifles). Men from SCV camps and reenactors from all over Arkansas are scheduled to attend.
Among those organizations taking part in the event are the Arkansas Reenactors, Children of the Confederacy, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Military Order of Stars and Bars. In the event of rain the Confederate Memorial will be moved inside the capitol building for an abbreviated ceremony.

This event is sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Honoring the Dead

Beginning at 11 a.m., the names of Arkansas soldiers who died during the war years of 1861-1865 will be read at the Confederate monument located at the northeast corner of the capitol grounds. A bell will be rung following each name.
An estimated 60,000 Arkansawers enlisted in Confederate units and that at least 6,800 are known to have been killed or died of disease during the War. Some of the approximately 3,000 names of those dead will be read during the ceremony. Robert Edwards of the David O. Dodd Camp at Benton is in charge of placing the flags at the Confederate Monument before the readings of the names honored soldiers. Honnoll, said “ We started reading the names of the Confederates buried in Arkansas from our book of honor in 2005 we have read 91 pages of names out of the 97 total in our Arkansas Division Final Roll Call book”. “The Arkansas Division SCV plans on completing the readings at this year’s Confederate Heritage Day.”


After the reading of the names of the honored dead the Confederate Heritage Day program will begin at 11:30am.

W. Danny Honnoll of Jonesboro, Past Commander of the Army of Trans Mississippi, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), will be the event emcee. The SCV is an organization of descendants of men who served in the Confederate armed forces. M. Ray Jones of Jonesboro will be the keynote speaker. Jones is past commander of the Arkansas Division SCV and past Quarter Master in Chief of the national SCV.
The Ark Div Honor Guard will fire a three volley salute to the men that serviced the Confederate Army. Mrs. Dale (Bobbie F.) Barnett of Ravenden, will represent the Honnoll Chapter of UDC of Jonesboro. Barnett will be dressed in a mourning dress and represent the widows of the fallen men of Arkansas. She will lay fresh flowers at the Confederate Monument during the program. Greetings of the various organizations will include: President of the Ark Div UDC Kay Tatum, Little Rock Churchill Chapter UDC, Robert Edwards of Benton, the Arkansas Division Commander on behalf of the SCV, M. Ray Jones on behalf of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and Mike Loum of Little Rock on behalf of Military Order of Stars and Bars, A. C. Trip Wilson 27th Ark Inf. Camp of Mountain Home will do the honors as color sergeant. In the event of rain the ceremony will be held on the second for inside the Capitol building.

Confederate Memorial Day

Confederate Memorial Day is a day celebrated in Southern states to remember Confederate dead. It is generally held on the last Sunday in April.
Immediately after the war ended in 1865, Southern women began the tradition of scattering spring flowers on the graves of soldiers, both Confederate and Union, buried in their hometowns.
In 1868, the United States officially picked up the same tradition for the dead of all wars and it became the national Memorial Day, now held on the last Monday in May.

Confederate Flag Day

Confederate Flag Day was designated by Arkansas State Statute 69-110 and establishes the day as the Saturday immediately preceding Easter Sunday.
Flag Day commemorates the wide variety of flags used by the Confederate States government and the military units.


W. Danny Honnoll, Past ATM Cmdr. SCV
Chief of State of the Arkansas Division
Past Arkansas Division Commander 2002-06,
Sons of Confederate Veterans
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Arkansas in the Civil War: Music During a War Era

March 31, 2015 By: admin Category: 150th Anniversary Project by Don Roth, Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarAccording to studies made by one music historian, six of the most popular songs of the Civil War years were: “The Last Rose of Summer,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Annie Laurie,” “Listen to the Mockingbird,” “Lorena,” and “Dixie.” All were prewar favorites and published from 1813-1857 and reflected sentimental themes. “Dixie” (1860) written by Northern minstrel showman Daniel D. Emment, was the only one to make a regional reference. Harry McCarthy’s “The Bonnie Blue Flag” (1861) was the most popular tune addressing the unsettling political times across the South.
Military bands loved playing these favorites as well as newly produced marches that became popular. The works of serious composers from the previous century also received attention.
“Hail Columbia!” played by Northern and Southern musicians served as an informed national anthem in prewar years. The Star Spangled Banner did not become the national anthem in until adopted by Congress in 1931. The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” is said to be the song most closely associated with the Union war aims.
A bugle composition played at the end of a soldiers day, was adopted from the “Tattoo” (1835) in July, 1862 by Union Maj, Gen. Daniel Butterfield while in camp at Harrison’s Landing VA. He reworked the last 5 and one quarter bars of the “Tattoo” itself adopted from a French bugle call, and with bugler O. W. Norton of the 83d PA, refined the piece into what was later named “Tapps.” By 1867, the U. S. Army established “Tapps” as the official “lights-out” call. (Patricia Faust, Historical Times Illustrated Civil War Encyclopedia, 1986.)

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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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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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