Arkansas Civil War

Arkansas Civil War

LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned several events for March 2012, including exhibits, lectures, and activities marking the 150th anniversary of the battle of Pea Ridge, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.

Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation will hold events March 9 through 11 at the park and in the city of Bentonville, including a Civil War music concert with Bobby Horton, soldier encampments, battlefield tours, and a memorial service. Call (479) 451-8122 for more information.

Among the other Civil War sesquicentennial events during March are:

·“Civil War Arkansas, 1863-1865,” the ACWSC’s traveling exhibit, will be at the Lawrence County Library in Walnut Ridge through March 4; call (870) 886-3222 for more information.

·“Confederate Mining and Recruitment,” a lecture by James Johnston in conjunction with the Buffalo National River, will be held March 6 at the Newton County Library in Jasper; call (870) 446-2983 or email newtonark@yahoo.com for more information.

·Sultana Exhibit, an exhibit on the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history in which hundreds of Union soldiers perished, will be at the Marion Chamber of Commerce March 6 through 26; call (870) 739-6041 or email chamber@marionarkansas.org for more information.

·Confederate Salt Works Historical Marker Dedication, including cannon and re-enactors, will be held March 10 at Bald Knob City Hall; call (501) 344-8323 for more information.

·“The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Pea Ridge or Elkhorn Tavern,” a lecture by Dr. William Shea, will be held March 12 at the Saline County Library in Benton; call (501) 778-4766 or email sperdue@saline.lib.ar.us for more information.

·“An Enduring Union” Exhibit, an exhibit at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock focusing on why Arkansas commemorates its Civil War veterans, will conclude its run on March 12; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

·“Civil War Arkansas, 1863-1865,” the ACWSC’s traveling exhibit, will be at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Library March 13 through April 12; call (870) 460-1080 for more information.

·“Archeologies of the Civil War in Arkansas,” a lecture by Dr. Jamie Brandon, will be held as part of the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock on March 15; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

·“Lakeport Plantation Presents Author: Dr. Robert Patrick Bender,” a lecture by the author of Worthy of the Cause for Which They Fight: The Civil War Diary of General Daniel Harris Reynolds, 1861-1865, will be held at the Lakeport Plantation near Lake Village on March 17; call (870) 265-6031 or email lakeport.ar@gmail.com for more information.

·General Patrick Cleburne Memorial, an annual tribute to the Confederate general buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena, will be held March 17; call (870) 592-0079 or email info@arkansastoothpick.com for more information.

·“Reel to Real” Exhibit, an exhibit at Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum contrasting artifacts from the movie Gone with the Wind with items from Civil War Arkansas, will continue during March; call (501) 324-9351 or email info@historicarkansas.org 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.