Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Civil War Hub of Arkansas

As always, there is a lot to report in this week’s update. Over the past week Arkansas has been inundated by flooding; Helena was no exception. As fragile as the soil and trenches are on Crowley’s Ridge, there have been mudslides all over the battlefield. Amid the rainfall over the past month, there have been some very disturbing discoveries as remnants of grave monuments from the original pre-Civil War cemetery atop Crowley’s Ridge on Battery C.

New discoveries have become commonplace as documents never before published are surfacing, new trenches are being found, and there is a drive to expand the battlefield as property becomes available in downtown Helena, Arkansas.

There is also an interest in training volunteers on battlefield preservation and living history. If either of these sounds like something you would like to do, we would love to have you. For those very interested in becoming a living historian, most of your supplies can be taken care of. Living historians and volunteers have more access to the lesser-known sections of battlefield.

We will be welcoming the largest steamboat again on March 20 as the American Queen stops again. That will be a great day to visit our Civil War sites, as there will be living historians at Fort Curtis to answer any questions you may have on the Civil War in the Delta.