One hundred and fifty years ago Arkansas was under siege by the United States Army. While the citizens and Confederate Army evacuate the city of Fayetteville, Arkansas, citizens and the citizen army throughout the state were steadily making preparations for remainder of the War in Arkansas; there were many logistical issues to overcome.
Perhaps the most important logistical of paramount porportions regards sustaining the citizens and the armies in the state. An 1862 article in the Arkansas State Gazette noted that the problem is that many farmers and planters have joined the army and thus labor shortages could quite possibly hinder the production of food stuffs: “It is our opinion that, by reason of it, twenty thousand laborers will be withdrawn from that branch of the industry of the country which is chiefly engaged in producing such staple articles of provisions as are necessary to sustain life.”
Likewise this week one hundred and fifty years ago, as according to the Arkansas True Democrat, the famous American musician of the nineteenth century, Harry Macarthy, “was playing at Richmond about a week ago. In his bills he styles himself ‘The Arkansas Comedian.’ He has a lot of new national songs, among which are “The Volunteer,” “Stars and Bars,” “Scott taking the Oath,” and “Missouri. “. Macarthy’s most popular song during the Civil War was “Bonnie Blue Flag”.
Arkansas continued to brace for the impending battles in North Arkansas as planters and farmers in South Arkansas continued to churn out record cotton crops and tons of corn to sustain her soldiers and citizens.