Arkansas In The Civil War
Join us May 24-26 in historic Helena. This observance of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Helena is sponsored by the Delta Cultural Center, the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and the Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, May 24:
Spectators are encouraged to visit the camps during the day. Registered food and merchandise vendors will be open for business.

All Day Reenactor, Artillery and Vendor set up

9 AM – 5 PM Participant Registration Open
Delta Cultural Center Depot

Noon-7 PM Vendors Open at Cherry Street Pavilion
Noon-5 PM Moore-Hornor Home Open for Tours
Noon-Sunset Camps Open for Visitors
5 PM After-hours viewing of “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” exhibit
Delta Cultural Center Visitors Center
7 PM Battle Briefing at Beth El Heritage Hall
(Open to Reenactors and the Public)

Saturday, May 25:
Designated areas will be provided for viewing the assault on the Fort. Some activities are restricted to registered Reenactors only. Spectators will hear distant gunfire moving closer to town as the morning progresses and the activity nears Fort Curtis.
Battle of Helena Reenactment Event:

9 AM-Sunset Camps Open for Visitors

8 AM-10 AM Participant Registration Open
Delta Cultural Center Depot

9 AM-Noon Moore-Hornor Home Open for Reenactment Tours
Living History & Civil War hospital interpretation

9 AM Confederate Army begin their march through Crowley’s Ridge toward Helena

9 AM-11 PM Skirmish atop the ridge road toward Battery C
10 AM-9 PM Vendors Open at Cherry Street Pavilion
10 AM First shots of the Battle of Helena 150
(Confederates start driving in Federal pickets)

11AM-1PM Spectators Witness the Battle of Helena 150 reenactment
Designated viewing area near Fort Curtis

11 AM-11:30 AM Skirmish on historic Battery C
11:30 AM-Noon Attack on Battery C and Fort Curtis
(Federal retreat from Battery C to Fort Curtis – Confederates pursue)

Noon-5 PM Moore-Hornor Home Open for Regular Tours

Noon-1 PM Final charge onto Fort Curtis
1 PM Battle of Helena Reenactment concludes
3 PM-7 PM Artillery training in Fort Curtis
(Registered Reenactors Only)
Battle of Helena 150 Lectures:
The reenactment will be followed by a series of Civil War lectures at Beth El Heritage Hall 406 Perry Street in Historic Downtown Helena. The lectures are free and open to the public.

2 PM Music by Harmony
3 PM Dyan Bohnert: “Food and Medicine of the Civil War and Before”

4 PM Mark Christ: “The Battle of Helena”

5 PM Music by Harmony
6 PM Jack Myers: “U.S.S. Tyler”

Downtown Evening Events:
Spectators are encouraged to attend the artillery demonstration and free outdoor concert.

Sunset Artillery demonstration on levee near Cherry Street Pavilion

8:30 PM Civil War concert and dance at the Cherry Street Pavilion

Sunday, May 26:
Spectators are welcome to observe the reenactment along the banks of the Mississippi River in the Helena River Park.

Secondary Battle of Helena 150 Reenactment:

8:00 – 9:30 AM Battle at Fort Curtis

10:00 AM Worship Service at Cherry Street Pavilion

11:00 AM Battle of Helena 150 Concludes
11:15 AM Artillery training in Fort Curtis
(Registered Reenactors Only)

Notes:
Some activities and events are for reenactors only.
Spectator areas will be designated.
Please bring your own lawn chairs.
Registered food and merchandise vendors will be set up.