The General Patrick R. Cleburne, Arkansas Society of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, has made a big impact in historical preservation, in the state, over the past few years. The Society is small in numbers but they have the expertise when it comes to getting things done. The Society has three (3) chapters in the state, they being the Captain James Tyrie Wright Chapter, in Harrison, the General James Fagan Chapter, in Jonesboro, and the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry Chapter, in Sheridan.The Wright Chapter stays busy working with the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on their clean up days and picking up liter along the highways approaching the park. The chapter has sponsored and erected a number of Sesquicentennial Markers at various sites throughout Northwest Arkansas. They have a Christmas get together each year and sponsor a Lee – Jackson dinner and keep Confederate flag on the veteran’s graves in the area. The Wright Chapter is by far the largest chapter in the state.
The Fagan Chapter is probably the most active chapter within the Society. They are constantly giving educational and historical programs and are involved in historical preservation through out Northeast Arkansas. They have two members that are on the Sesquicentennial Commission, Danny Honnell and Ray Jones. They, too, have had a hand at placing a number of the 150th commemoration markers at a number of sites in their area.
The Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry Chapter, probably the most inactive chapter, but we have managed to keep our head above the water. We were honored by being able to help the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) in their placing of a Sesquicentennial Marker at Tulip Arkansas. We, also, in a small way, been able to support the Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry, a battlefield preservation group that our chapter helped founder several years back. We have also been honored by the UDC by being invited to bring greeting at their annual Division convention and other
events they have sponsored.
The Society, as a whole , has sponsored the Museum of the Confederacy, in Richmond, Virginia, the Lee Chapel in Lexington, Virginian and the Confederate Cemetery, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Under the leadership of Society Commander Gordon Hale, the Walker family cemetery in Fayetteville has been restored. Sammy Massey, a member of the Wright chapter and a micro ball point pin artist, has drawn a picture of General Patrick Cleburne and these pictures are being sold by the Society to finance the General Patrick R. Cleburne Scholarship fund.
Any MOSB member, within the state, who has not been a part in at least some of these projects should consider joining in all the fun, excitement and fellowship. It is most awarding.