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ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2015 ANNOUNCED

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

Arkansas In The Civil WarLITTLE ROCK—A Civil War play, lectures and exhibits are among the February 2015 activities the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today. Civil War sesquicentennial events during February include:

* “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” the Arkansas History Commission’s traveling exhibit, will be at Arkansas State University – Mountain Home February 2-15; call (870) 508-6100 or email tanderson@asumh.edu for more information

* South Arkansas Historic Preservation Society will feature Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission speaking on Union soldier Jacob Haas on February 2 in El Dorado; call (870) 862-9890 or email info@soarkhistory.com for more information.

* It’s In The Bag: Lunch ‘N Learn at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock will feature the cast of “The Whipping Man,” a Civil War play, on February 3; call (501) 683-3593 or email info@mosaictemplarscenter.com for more information.

* “The Whipping Man,” a Civil War-themed play, will be at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre through February 8 and will feature a “talk-back” series to interact with the cast and experts; call (501) 378-0405 or visit http://www.therep.org/.

* White County Civil War Roundtable will feature Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission speaking on a soldier in the 9th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment on February 5 in Searcy; call (501) 593-3020 or email larry.binz@gmail.com for more information.

* War on the Water: Gunboats on the White River, an exhibit at Lower White River State Park in Des Arc, will open February 8; call (870) 256-3711 or email lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Nevada County Depot and Museum at Prescott through February 8; call (870) 887-5821 or email curator@depotmuseum.org for more information.

* Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table will feature William Baker speaking on “How Robert E. Lee Lost His Arlington Estate” at the Lonoke County Museum in Lonoke on February 10; call (501) 676-6750 or email misslata@sbcglobal.net for additional information.

* Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, featuring Dr. Kelly Jones speaking on “Opportunity on the Edge of the South: Slaves in the Wilds of Arkansas,” will be held on February 11 at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

* Batesville Area Civil War Roundtable will present Scott Akridge speaking on Civil War activities in White County on February 12 in Batesville; call (870) 793-7725 or email mcmiller@ipa.net for more information.

* Arkansas Stories Project will present Charley Sandage and Harmony singing Arkansas-based songs, many on Civil War themes, at the Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock on February 13; call (870) 585-2496 or email cvsandage@gmail.com for additional information.

* All I Possess is Yours: Civil War Love Letters and Valentines will be presented on February 14 at Jacksonport State Park; call (870) 523-2143 or email jacksonport@arkansas.com for more information.

* Civil War Roundtable of the Delta will feature Lori Walker speaking on the Freedom Trail, a network of African American sites between Pine Bluff and Helena, on February 16 at Beth El Heritage Hall in Helena-West Helena; email armedic73@hotmail.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Bradley House Museum at Jasper February 27 through March 8; call (870) 446-6247 or email history@ritternet.com for more information.

* Civil War Round Table of Arkansas will feature Rob McGregor speaking on Nathan Bedford Forrest when it meets at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on February 28; email brianb1578@aol.com for more information.

* Civil War and the Mississippi River, a program featuring Jack Myers of the Delta Cultural Center speaking on riverine warfare, will be held February 28 at Mississippi River State Park in Marianna; call (870) 295-4040 or email mississippiriver@arkansas.com for more information.

* Des Arc Rangers: Co. B, 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, an exhibit on a Confederate unit raised in the area, will continue at Lower White River Museum State Park at Des Arc during February; call (870) 256-3711 or email lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.com for more information.

* “Washington 1864: Conflict on the Doorstep,” an exhibit on the capital of Confederate Arkansas in the final months of the Civil War, will continue at Historic Washington State Park during February; call (870) 983-2226 or email HistoricWashington@arkansas.com for more information.

* “‘Freedom! Oh, Freedom’: Arkansas’s People of African Descent and the Civil War, 1861-1866” will continue at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock during February; call (501) 683-3593 or email info@mosaictemplarscenter.com for more information.

For more information on these and other sesquicentennial events, visit http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.

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

January 31, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, News, Preservations, 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 Grant 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 James W. Honnoll Chapter 2607, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and will commemorate Confederate units recruited in Craighead County. It will be located at the Southern Heritage Confederate Park at 117 Southwest Drive in Jonesboro.

The Grant County marker is sponsored by the Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield and will commemorate Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith’s headquarters during the battle at Jenkins’ Ferry and fighting along Cox’s Creek. It will be located at the Leola Pole Mill in Leola.

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


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A MAJOR VICTORY IN ARKANSAS FOR FREEDOM OF HERITAGE

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

Arkansas In The Civil WarOn Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, the people of Arkansas witnessed a major victory in the struggle for heritage rights, common sense, and genuine brotherhood.
At the State Capitol in Little Rock, the House State Agencies and Government Affairs Committee rejected a proposal that would have removed Robert E. Lee from the State Holiday which jointly celebrates the lives of General Lee and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

According to news reports, “opponents of the measure packed the committee hearing room.” The Arkansas Division of the S.C.V. was prominent in the opposition to this divisive piece of political correctness, and should be congratulated by all for their forthright actions.

John Crain, an attorney from Mountain Home, said that removing General Lee from the holiday would mean that, “my ancestry and my heritage is not worth honoring. I think Martin Luther King, if he were here today standing beside me, would tell you, ‘Why can’t we celebrate a birthday of two men, one of color and a white man? Surely we’ve progressed that far in our race relations’.”

This victory for all Americans is surely to confuse and anger the apostles of sanctimonious division and “identity politics”. The national media, ever committed to generating heat rather than light, will belittle us once again as racist troglodytes, and “demand a recount”.

But if we stand firm, and make our case sincerely, always taking the sensible high road , we will begin to make headway nationally as more people see that the “hate” in this debate is coming from those who wish to eliminate every vestige of our Confederate heritage.

I once had the privilege of spending a few days aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea, one of our nation’s most honored aircraft carriers. I was curious about the old question, “How long does it take to turn an aircraft carrier around?”

The Captain explained that it depended on any number of circumstances; the speed of the ship, the seas and the weather, the preparation of the deck and the readiness of the crew.

“But the simple answer is,” he smiled, “that with every crewman working together, it doesn’t take as long as you think.”

With all of us working together in the concentrated effort to turn around the massive attack against us, it will take time, perhaps years. But it will not take as long as we think. And like the men on that great ship, it is our duty.

Ben Jones
Chief of Heritage Operations


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Battle of Helena: The Historic Angle of Attack

January 31, 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 the Helena battlefield drone from 75 feet above Confederate Memorial Park, located at the corner of Beech and Elm Streets. This angle is looking back north. It was this position that the Confederate army launched an attack toward Fort Curtis on July 4, 1863. The attack path is what you see in this photo. The original fort was where you see the large church in the background. Over 200 Confederates never got off this hill and were captured and taken prisoner behind the red home you see closest to the camera.

The drone was launched on the same property on which the final assault on Fort Curtis will take place during the 152nd Battle of Helena slated for March 13-15, 2015.

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Battle of Helena (March 13-15) Overhead of Confederate Memorial Park

January 30, 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 downtown Helena. The ground closest to the drone camera will be the site of the final attack on Fort Curtis during the 152nd Battle of Helena. In the distance you can see Fort Curtis. Fort Curtis will be where spectators will line and watch the final phase of the battle coming toward them. The final assault will take place around 4pm on March 14 following a mile march and fighting all the way to the fort from the original ridgetop road the Confederate army used he morning of July 4, 1863.

As you can see, the Helena Battlefield Crew has a lot of work to do to get ready for the event.

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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!

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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