Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of Arkansas
Today in Arkansas history during the Civil War on July 22, 1861, General Hardee arrives in Arkansas to take chage of the troops here. It is then when he discovers Arkansas troops have very few arms, ammunition, or clothing. The commanding General then informs General Price in Missouri that he cannot assist in saving MIssouri for the Confederacy until the organization of Arkansas troops was completed. Many state troops balked at being transferred to Confederate control and went home.

Today in 1862 (July 22, 1862) an expedition began from Helena to Coldwater, Mississippi.

Today in 1864 (July 22, 1864) there was a skirmish near Pine Bluff.

Military actions in this “Today in Arkansas During the Civil War” column can be traced better using the Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas. You can trace the same roads they walked in many cases in this atlas. You can find obscure references to communities mentioned in Civil War records that can be located in this atlas. Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas is the perfect companion book for this “Today in History” series.

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