Arkansas Toothpick- The Civil War Hub of ArkansasOn August 2, 1862 there was a skirmish in Jonesboro. It was day one of a two day battle in th e North East Arkansas community. In 1864 there were two skirmishes in east Arkansas: one was in Osceola and the other was one of many skirmishes in Helena. August 2, 1864 also marked day two of a five day operation in easten Arkansas (August 1-5).

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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