ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS

ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS

LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved applications for Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers in Craighead and Pulaski counties, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.

The Craighead County marker is sponsored by the Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and will commemorate Private William M. Loudermilk, the last Confederate veteran to die in Arkansas. It will be located at Keller’s Chapel Cemetery in Jonesboro, where Loudermilk is buried.

The Pulaski County marker is sponsored by the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society and will commemorate events leading to the September 1863 duel between Confederate generals John Sappington Marmaduke and Lucius M. Walker. It will be located on the Reed’s Bridge battlefield on Highway 161 in Jacksonville.

Through the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program, the ACWSC works with local partners to help tell the stories of how the Civil War affected communities around the state. The Commission hopes that there will be at least one marker in each of the state’s 75 counties by the end of the commemoration in 2015. Counties that currently do not have Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers are Bradley, Calhoun, Crawford, Franklin, Hot Spring, Howard, Lafayette, Lawrence, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Randolph, Sevier and Sharp.