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Arkansas in the Civil War: Citizens Feel Brunt of War

March 02, 2015 By: admin Category: 150th Anniversary Project, Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil WarOne hundred and fifty years ago, the “Irregular War” was in full effect. The Civil War in Arkansas was much more than two armies chasing each other within the borders of the state, but the civilians in Arkansas were at the receiving end of lawless bands of guerrillas as well as rogue Federal soldiers.
In a dispatch sent by BrigadierGeneral Cyrus Bussey to Colonel M. LaRue Harrison in Fort Smith, Bussey notes, “It has been represented to me that portions of your command have been committing the most outrageous excesses, robbing and burning houses indiscriminately.” The general continued, “This must cease at once, and the property of the people must be respected.”
According to Bussey, “Hundreds of good Union people are left destitute and become a public charge. The citizens who are at home minding their own business must be encouraged to cultivate their lands, and all officers and soldiers will be required to protect them.”
As the war raged into 1865, even the pro-Union citizens were catching trouble by rogue soldiers. Bussey concluded, “Let war be made on guerrillas and not women and children. Madison and Carroll Counties are specially named as the scene of these outrages. Strict discipline must be enforced in your command.”


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Battle of Helena (March 14, 2015) Arkansas Welcome Center

March 02, 2015 By: admin Category: 2015 Battle of Helena, Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil War
When you come to Helena on March 14, 2015 be sure to stop by the Arkansas Welcome Center at the foot of the bridge for event information. This will be the site of registration in the morning of March 14 and the evening of March 13 (see schedule below).

The friendly staff at the Welcome Center will have brochures on hand for visitors and fresh coffee as always.

While at the Welcome Center be sure to check out the Civil War Helena exhibit which has interpretation of the 1863 battle and artifacts on display from the battle. Contents of the exhibit are on loan from the Delta Cultural Center and the Helena Museum.

BATTLE OF HELENA 152
March 13-15, 2015
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, March 13:
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Participant registration @ AR Welcome Center (after 7 p.m. registration will be on-site @ Fort Curtis)

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Depot open (Civil War exhibit upstairs)

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Visitors Center open
Helena Museum open

Noon – sunset Camps open for visitors

1-7 p.m. Moore Hornor House open for tours

Saturday, March 14:
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Participant registration @ AR Welcome Center

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Depot open (Civil War exhibit upstairs)

9 a.m. – sunset Camps open for visitors

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Visitors Center open
Helena Museum open
Book Fair @ Helena Museum
Trans-Mississippi Civil War Exhibit @ Helena Museum
Moore Hornor House open for tours

11 – 11:30 a.m. Delta Drop-in @ DCC Visitors Center: “Q & A with General U.S. Grant”, featuring living historian Dr. Curt Fields

12 – 1 p.m. 30th Annual Patrick Cleburne Memorial Service @ Confederate Cemetery

1 – 1:30 p.m. Living historian Dr. Curt Fields @ Helena Museum

2:30 p.m. Opening ceremony – Historical commentary provided by Arkansas Civil War historians

3:30 p.m. Final Assault on Fort Curtis

7:30 p.m. Free Warfield Concert featuring instrumentalist, composer, and music historian Bobby Horton @ Fort Curtis (in case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Beth El Heritage Hall.)

Sunday, March 15:
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Visitors Center open
Helena Museum open
Downtown merchants open

Notes:
Schedule subject to change without notice.
Spectator areas will be designated. Please bring your own lawn chairs. Registered food and merchandise vendors will be set up.

Main Street Helena is sponsoring a free shuttle service for reenactors and spectators. The shuttles will make a loop, stopping at historic sites, downtown museums and shops. The shuttle will run:

Friday 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Contact the Delta Cultural Center for more information:
info@DeltaCulturalCenter.com
870-338-4350


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March Arkansas Civil War 150 Events Announced

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

Arkansas In The Civil WarLITTLE ROCK—A re-enactment of the Battle of Helena, a Civil War play, lectures and exhibits are among the March 2015 activities the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.

Civil War sesquicentennial events during March include:

* Civil War Roundtable of Hot Springs Village will feature Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission speaking on the battle of Arkansas Post on March 2; call (501) 922-0367 or email joropo@suddenlink.net for more information.

* Sultana Exhibit depicting the 1865 disaster on the Mississippi River will be on display at the Bella Vista Commons in Marion March 6 through 25; call (870) 739-6041 or email chamber@marionarkansas.org for more information.

* 22nd Annual Camden Daffodil Festival featuring Civil War re-enactors and tours of antebellum homes will be held March 6 and 7 in Camden; email cfreeland@cablelynx.com or visit http://www.camdendaffodilfestival.com for more information.

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

* Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table will feature Stuart Towns speaking on Civil War memorialization at the Lonoke County Museum in Lonoke on March 10; call (501) 676-6750 or email misslata@sbcglobal.net for additional information.

* Batesville Area Civil War Roundtable will present Brian Brown speaking on “Scoundrels and Rogues of the Civil War” on March 12 in Batesville; call (870) 793-7725 or email mcmiller@ipa.net for more information.

* Arkansas Chamber Singers will present “Music of the Civil War Era” March 13 through15 at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock; email info@ar-chambersingers.org for more information.

* Ozarks Arts Council will feature “Shenandoah: The Musical” March 13 through 22 in Ozark; call (870) 391-3504 or email vallen@ozarkartscouncil.org for more information.

* General Patrick Cleburne Memorial Service will be held March 14 at the Helena Confederate Cemetery in Helena-West Helena; email danny@honnoll.com for more information.

* Battle of Helena Re-Enactment will be held March 14 at Helena-West Helena; call (870) 592-0079 or email ronald@arkansasheritage.org for additional information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Hobbs State Park/Conservation Area in Rogers March 16-29; call (479) 789-5000 or email hobbs@arkansas.com for more information.

* “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” the Arkansas History Commission’s traveling exhibit, will be at the College of the Ouachitas in Malvern March 16 to April 14; call (501) 332-0208 or email mharper@coto.edu for more information.

* Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, featuring Dr. Carl Drexler of the Arkansas Archeological Survey speaking on recent Civil War Archeology will be held on March 18 at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

* Watersheds of War, programs on how the Arkansas River system affected events and people in the Civil War, will be presented at the Plantation Agriculture Museum at Scott on March 21; call (501) 961-1409 or email plantationagrimuseum@arkansas.com for additional information.

* We Are All Americans: Native Americans in the Civil War will be held on March 28 at Toltec Mounds State Park; call (501) 961-9442 or email toltecmounds@arkansas.com for more information.

* Civil War Round Table of Arkansas will feature Ron Kelly of the Delta Cultural Center speaking on the Battle of Helena when it meets at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on March 31; email brianb1578@aol.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 March; call (870) 256-3711 or email lowerwhiterivermuseum@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 March; call (501) 683-3593 or email info@mosaictemplarscenter.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 continue during March; call (870) 256-3711 or email lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.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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Diary of a State: 1860 (Video)

February 24, 2015 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, Diary of a State: 1860, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas, Videos


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PLANS REVEALED FOR BATTLE OF HELENA OBSERVANCE

February 24, 2015 By: admin Category: 2015 Battle of Helena, Arkansas in the Civil War, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil War

HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR – The 152nd observance of the Battle of Helena will be held the weekend of March 13-15. Both Union and Confederate camps will be set up in, and around, Fort Curtis. Special events will take place during the weekend, with the main event happening on Saturday afternoon. All events are free and open to the public.

Registration is required for all reenactment participants. Reenactors can register at the Arkansas Welcome Center beginning on Friday, March 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., registration will be on-site at Fort Curtis. The historic Moore Hornor House will be open for tours from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the general public can visit the campsites from noon until sunset.

A variety of activities will take place on Saturday, March 14. Registration will continue on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Arkansas Welcome Center. From 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. spectators and reenactors can visit the Helena Museum to see a Trans-Mississippi Civil War exhibit and enjoy a book fair. The Moore Hornor House will also be open during this time for tours.

Living historian Dr. Curt Fields will be on hand portraying General U.S. Grant. The Delta Cultural Center’s Delta Drop-in program will feature Dr. Fields in a session called, “Q & A with General U.S. Grant,” from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the DCC’s Visitors Center. Visitors can also interact with Dr. Fields at the Helena Museum from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. In addition, the 30th annual Patrick Cleburne memorial service will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Helena’s Confederate Cemetery.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Curtis. Arkansas Civil War historians will provide spectators with a historical perspective of the battle with ongoing commentary. The final assault on the fort, complete with charging Confederate soldiers and Union cannon fire, will take place at approximately 3:30 p.m.

A special Warfield Concert is planned for Saturday evening. Instrumentalist, composer, and music historian Bobby Horton will perform at 7:30 p.m. inside Fort Curtis. This concert is open to the general public, and concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to this free performance. Locals may recall the talented Horton as part of the group, “Three on a String.”
Activity will abound in downtown Helena on Sunday morning! The Delta Cultural Center’s Visitors Center, the Helena Museum and several of the downtown merchants will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Main Street Helena is sponsoring a free shuttle for reenactors and spectators to help them get around to museums, historic sites, shops and parking. Shuttles will run on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Gallery hours at the DCC Visitors Center at 141 Cherry Street and the nearby DCC Depot at 95 Missouri Street are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. “King Biscuit Time,” the nation’s longest-running blues radio program, is hosted each weekday at the DCC Visitor’s Center by “Sunshine” Sonny Payne, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. “Delta Sounds,” hosted by DCC Assistant Director Thomas Jacques and Payne, is broadcast each Friday from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, interested persons can call the Delta Cultural Center at (870)-338-4350 or toll free at (800)-358-0972 or visit the DCC online at www.deltaculturalcenter.com.
The Delta Cultural Center shares the vision of all seven agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage – to preserve and promote Arkansas heritage as a source of pride and satisfaction. Other agencies within the department are the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council and the Natural Heritage Commission.

BATTLE OF HELENA 152
March 13-15, 2015
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, March 13:
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Participant registration @ AR Welcome Center (after 7 p.m. registration will be on-site @ Fort Curtis)

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Depot open (Civil War exhibit upstairs)

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Visitors Center open
Helena Museum open

Noon – sunset Camps open for visitors

1-7 p.m. Moore Hornor House open for tours

Saturday, March 14:
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Participant registration @ AR Welcome Center

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Depot open (Civil War exhibit upstairs)

9 a.m. – sunset Camps open for visitors

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Visitors Center open
Helena Museum open
Book Fair @ Helena Museum
Trans-Mississippi Civil War Exhibit @ Helena Museum
Moore Hornor House open for tours

11 – 11:30 a.m. Delta Drop-in @ DCC Visitors Center: “Q & A with General U.S. Grant”, featuring living historian Dr. Curt Fields

12 – 1 p.m. 30th Annual Patrick Cleburne Memorial Service @ Confederate Cemetery

1 – 1:30 p.m. Living historian Dr. Curt Fields @ Helena Museum

2:30 p.m. Opening ceremony – Historical commentary provided by Arkansas Civil War historians

3:30 p.m. Final Assault on Fort Curtis

7:30 p.m. Free Warfield Concert featuring instrumentalist, composer, and music historian Bobby Horton @ Fort Curtis (in case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Beth El Heritage Hall.)

Sunday, March 15:
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Delta Cultural Center’s Visitors Center open
Helena Museum open
Downtown merchants open

Notes:
Schedule subject to change without notice.
Spectator areas will be designated. Please bring your own lawn chairs. Registered food and merchandise vendors will be set up.

Main Street Helena is sponsoring a free shuttle service for reenactors and spectators. The shuttles will make a loop, stopping at historic sites, downtown museums and shops. The shuttle will run:

Friday 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Contact the Delta Cultural Center for more information:
info@DeltaCulturalCenter.com
870-338-4350


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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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