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Battle of Helena 152- Camp sites preparations

January 27, 2015 By: admin Category: 2015 Battle of Helena, Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

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This photo is from above Confederate Memorial Park in Helena. In the photo, you see the Moore-Hornor home in the distance. Civilian/Military camps will be set up around this home during the Battle of Helena 152 event slated for March 13-15, 2015. The high grasses in the foreground will be the site of the Confederate military camp.

The Helena Battlefield Crew still has a lot of work to get done, but things are progressing very well. The flag you see in the photo is the 1st National Confederate Flag, which marks the vicinity of the Confederate high water mark during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. Over 200 Confederates were taken prisoner in the back yard of the home you see.

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Battle of Helena (March 13-15, 2015) Fort Curtis

January 26, 2015 By: admin Category: 2015 Battle of Helena, Arkansas in the Civil War, Living Histories, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

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This photo is from 50 feet in the air of the site of the 152nd Battle of Helena slated for March 13-15. This overhead shot shows the interior of Fort Curtis located at the corners of Elm/York and Columbia Streets in historic downtown Helena.

The fort will be full of Union soldiers over the MArch weekend doing living history as they garrison the site. This will also be the site of a 7:30pm Bobby Horton concert on March 14, 2015. Horton is well-known for his Civil War-era musical performances.

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Battle of Helena 152 Preparations Continue

January 25, 2015 By: admin Category: The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

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Prearations continue in downtown Helena for the 152nd Batle of Helena slated for March 13-15, 2015. The site featured in this photo will be the Confederate military camp. The Battlefield Crew is charged with the mission of preserving and maintaining the battle sites in Helena. The site in the photo above is part of the original battlefield.

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WINTER 2014 ARKANSAS BATTLEFIELD UPDATE ONLINE

January 25, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, News, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarThe Winter 2014 issue of the Arkansas Battlefield Update newsletter is now available on the AHPP’s web site at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/publications/. The newsletter includes articles on the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s plans to commemorate the 1865 passage of the 13th Amendment in the state, battlefield preservation efforts in Prescott and Jacksonville, the activities of the regional Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail organizations, and other information on the Civil War in Arkansas. Click on the Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail logo to read the newsletter. If you would like to be put on the mailing list for hard copies of the newsletter, send your name and mailing address to acwsc@arkansaspreservation.org.


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ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION APPROVES CRAIGHEAD, PULASKI COUNTY HISTORICAL MARKERS

January 25, 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 Craighead and Pulaski counties, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.

The Craighead County marker is sponsored by the Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and will commemorate Private William M. Loudermilk, the last Confederate veteran to die in Arkansas. It will be located at Keller’s Chapel Cemetery in Jonesboro, where Loudermilk is buried.

The Pulaski County marker is sponsored by the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society and will commemorate events leading to the September 1863 duel between Confederate generals John Sappington Marmaduke and Lucius M. Walker. It will be located on the Reed’s Bridge battlefield on Highway 161 in Jacksonville.

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, Randolph, Sevier and Sharp.

To date, 103 markers in 61 counties have been approved. Marker applications are available at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/historical-markers/markers.aspx.

For more information on sesquicentennial plans, visit http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/ or e-mail acwsc@arkansasheritage.org.

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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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

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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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