Arkansas In The Civil WarOne hundred and fifty years ago, Union forces in Little Rock celebrated George Washington’s birthday by putting on display a pass and review of the Third Arkansas Cavalry (US). According to the National Democrat newspaper, following “a salute of 13 guns by Vaughan’s Battery announced the arrival of Maj. General Steele…the Regiment broke into columns of platoons and passed in review, presenting an appearance worthy the gallant Colonel, and all the officers and men of the Regiment.”

Meanwhile in Helena, the Union garrison was facing the issue of civilians and soldiers in the U.S. army helping the Confederate cause. While civilians and soldiers were assisting the Confederates by means of food and clothing, General Buford drafted a dispatch noting, “I deem it the province of the military to punish all infractions of the laws, and to bring to justice all who are working for the overthrow of our Government, either as soldiers in the rebel Army or by supplying rebels with clothing and sustenance.”

The Arkansas River was very difficult to navigate during the Civil War. This week one hundred and fifty years ago the steamboat Linden was put out of service by running into a snag near Little Rock: “The result was the sinking of a transport full of stores by running on a snag, and the Linden was sunk on going to her assistance. The vessels could not get within 15 miles of Little Rock, and are now all stuck in the river, where they may be detained the rest of the season.”