27Jul/16

Today in Arkansas During the Civil War (July 27)

Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of ArkansasOn July 27, 1864, the Federal army was on day 2 of a three day scouting expedition to Searcy and West Point. The same day in 1864 saw a military action at Massard’s Prairie near Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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.

27Jul/16

Archeologist to Address Latest Findings at the Battle of Big Creek (Battle of Wallace’s Ferry)

Dr. Carl CrexlerArcheologist Carl Drexler will present his latest discoveries in his work on the Battle of Big Creek Wednesday night at 7pm at the Delta Cultural Center Visitor Center at 141 Cherry Street. Drexler has been looking for the 1864 battle site for several years and through research and excavations, he has found the most Civil War era artifacts to suggest the site may have been located.

According to a preliminary report from Drexler, the archeological work was completed by staff from the Arkansas Archeological Survey (ARAS) research stations at Southern Arkansas University and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Also included in the archeology were volunteers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Arkansas Archeological Society. The archeological research and site work was funded in part through a grant by the Arkansas Humanities Council.

The 1864 battle site on Big Creek was also known as an action at Wallace’s Ferry. In short, the United States Colored Troops found themselves several miles outside the comfort and security of the relative safety of the Union garrison in Helena. In the countryside in Phillips lurked the Confederate army whose mission it was to disrupt and harass the Union at every given opportunity. That opportunity presented itself on July 26, 1864 when the USCT became surrounded by enemy cavalry. The contest lasted five hours before a Union cavalry unit opened a gap for the USCT to narrowly escape back to Helena.

Drexler will identify his search patterns over the past few years and discuss the evidence recently found to suggest a military action. The program is free and open to the public.

26Jul/16

Today in Arkansas During the Civil War (July 26)

Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of ArkansasJuly 26 saw a lot of activity in the Arkansas Delta region around Helena. July 26, 1862 was the third and final day of an expedition that left Helena on July 24 to Marianna and it was the first day of a three day scout to Searcy and West Point. The same date in 1863 saw a skirmish near Bayou Meto, while this date in 1864 was witness to a bloody action at Wallace’s Ferry at Big Creek in Phillips County.

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.

25Jul/16

Today in Arkansas During the Civil War (July 25)

Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of ArkansasJuly 25 was an active day during the Civil War in Arkansas. July 25, 1862 marked the second day of a three day expedition that left Helena to Marianna on July 24 and it was also the fourth day of an expedition launched from Helena to Coldwater, Mississippi.

In 1863 on this date there was a skirmish in Brownsville and in 1864 on this date there was a military affair in Benton and a scout in Yell County (through August 11).

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.

24Jul/16

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas Press Kit Page 4 (List of Historic Sites Indexed)

Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of ArkansasStudents of Arkansas History agree that a definitive atlas of Antebellum Arkansas is challenging to find. This authoritative volume includes newly digitized Arkansas historical sites that have come to represent a vivid picture of the state over one hundred and fifty years ago. This book brings to life the numerous landscapes on which countless human dramas played out during the Civil War in Arkansas. Created by one of the Confederacy’s leading trans-Mississippi cartographers, this indispensable aid to the Arkansas historian and genealogist combines colorful, detailed maps of an atlas with accompanying cartographers notes to facilitate context of the thousands of historical sites included in this atlas:
• Academies: 2
• Battlefields: 4
• Bridges: 192
• Businesses: 119
• Camps: 99
• Churches: 133
• Cotton Gins: 5
• Ferries: 68
• Fords: 240
• Fortifications: 3
• Forts: 5
• Houses: 1,348
• Lakes: 124
• Landings: 30
• Mountains: 316
• Municipalities: 376
• Post Offices: 14
• Prairies: 404
• Schools: 7
• Rivers 925
• Townships 1,567
• Road (segments) 3,409

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas

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

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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.