Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Civil War Hub of Arkansas

While sifting through old files at the Helena Museum, the editor of the Arkansas Toothpick has uncovered enough new material to keep Patrick Cleburne fans happy for a while. Though the info is not earth shattering, the info does however give us a glimpse of the character of the great general. There are also several full descriptions of the “Decoration Day” ceremonies in Helena as well. These documents date back to the 1920s.

Back then you did not have separate Memorial Days and Confederate remembrances. Both days were one in the same because America saw her Confederate soldiers as American soldiers. Today we have a tendency to forget the men that wore the grey, but can you imagine southern heritage groups singing “America” today at the grave of General Cleburne? Absolutely not.

Patriotism has waned over the past one hundred years to the point that even American iconography seems to offend these days, let alone Confederate. The new information will be release a little as a time, as the editor is busily transcribing it now. But just a few teasers: did you know Cleburne was quite the poet? And did you know he faced a court martial early in the war?

Also if you know anyone from 14+ that is interested in becoming a Civil War reenactor or living historian, email us at info@arkansastoothpick.com.