New book on pre-Civil War Arkansas!
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For the past one hundred and fifty years, scholars and avid readers alike have ignored events and personalities that shaped the Arkansas political and cultural landscape. 1860 proved to be one of, if not the most pivotal year in the state's political history. With the fate of the Democratic Party in jeopardy, Black Republicanism was on the rise on the national level, but there was another story developing- another history of a people in a developing frontier state- that found themselves amidst a political, cultural, and agricultural revolution.
Diary of a State: 1860 contains documents ranging from newspaper articles from several prominent publishers in 1860 as well as government documents from the state and several counties, diary entries, and others. This book is not meant to act as a narrative history of Arkansas, nor is it a definitive work, but rather it gives the twenty-first century reader a chronological glimpse of forgotten rhetoric and politico.
Many of the authors of these documents have been long-forgotten and this book brings back to life those personalities and events that have gone unnoticed over the past one hundred and fifty years.
Get your Arkansas SCV car tags today!
If your car tags expire this month, consider replacing your current tags with the new Arkansas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates! The plate can be purchased by anyone registered in the state of Arkansas- NOTE: you do NOT have to be a member in the Sons of Confederate Veterans to purchase this plate. Most Arkansas Revenue Departments around the state were issued these new license plates and should be available in your area!
Do not forget to get your new Sons of Confederate Veterans plate when you renew your tags! Funds raised by the sell of these plates will go to educational outreach and preservation of Southern heritage in Arkansas.
If you have any questions, contact Tom Bird at: 501-388-3805 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchase a flag that flew over General Cleburne's grave
The Seven General Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp in Helena, Arkansas needs your help. By purchasing a flag that flew over General Patrick R. Cleburne's grave, you will be helping establish several preservation projects in Helena. One of the projects funded by the purchase of a flag is keeping Confederate flags on each graven the historic Confederate Cemetery. The other project funded by the purchase of a flag is the design, construction, and maintenance of Confederate Memorial Park- located at the corner of Beech and Elm Streets in historic downtown Helena, Arkansas.
Two flags are available for purchase:
1) A First National Confederate Flag (seven star design)
2) A Hardee Flag
Both designs are 3 feet x 5 feet, are 100% polyester and are guaranteed their authenticity. When you purchase a flag, your will get: your choice of flag and a full color certificate of authenticity which will note the dates that your flag flew over the Confederate Cemetery, only a few feet from Major General Patrick R. Cleburne's grave.
Your purchase is 100% tax-deductible and you will be given a tax ID# with each flag sold.
or send a check or money order to:
Seven Generals SCV Camp
PO Box 409
Helena, AR 72342
(note: each flag is $25.00 or you can order the set of both of them for $40.00. Add $8.50 for shipping. If you order the set for $40.00, we will combine shipping)
Tour the Battle of Helena, Arkansas!
Delta Heritage Tours in Helena has on staff Ron Kelley and Don Roth, both Arkansastoothpick historians that research and write the 150th columns for over twenty newspapers statewide. The Civil War in Helena tours cover all the Confederate approaches to the Battle of Helena, Batteries A,B,C,and D, Freedom Park, Fort Curtis, and the Confederate Cemetery. This comprehansive tour gives the heritage tourist a first-hand knowledge of the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. Tours last at least three hours. For your custom Civil War tour, call Delta Heritage Tours: 870-995-2698.
Terry's Texas Rangers Camp 1937
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne (1828-1864)
"I am with the South in death, in victory or defeat. I never owned a Negro and care nothing for them, but these people have been my friends and have stood up to me on all occasions.
In addition to this, I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation of the constitution and the fundamental principles of the government. They no longer acknowledge that all government derives its validity from the consent of the governed."
"If this cause that is so dear to my heart is doomed to fail, then I pray heaven may let me fall with it, while my face is turned toward the enemy and my right arm battling for that which I know to be right."
Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish."
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.
On the history of war...
Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.