Interested in reliving history?
If you are interested in witinessing history coming alive or if you want to participate in living history events and Civil War reenactments, come to Helena, Arkansas! We have a Civil War-themed historic community where history thrives! Below is a list of upcoming Civil War events in Helena that are all free to the public. If you are interested in joining the ranks of a Union artillery group, a Union infantry group, or a Confederate infantry group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or simply just show up at one of the following events:
June 22: Underground Railroad tour in Helena (10AM-7PM). Reenactors will be at Fort Curtis.
June 28: American Queen riverboat in town. Reenactors at Freedom Park and Fort Curtis (8AM-noon)
July 4: Commemoration of the Battle of Helena. Reenactors will hold educational programs from 4:30AM to 3PM
July 6: Freedom Fest. Reenactors will host educational programs throughout the day downtown on Cherry Street.
July 11: Civil War Roundtable of the Delta at Beth El Heritage Hall. Speaker will be Don Roth and the topic will be Alf Johnson's Confederate Spy Company with focus of the White River expeditions.
Tour the Battle of Helena, Arkansas!
Delta Heritage Tours in Helena has on staff Ron Kelley and Don Roth, both Arkansastoothpick historians that research and write the 150th columns for over twenty newspapers statewide. The Civil War in Helena tours cover all the Confederate approaches to the Battle of Helena, Batteries A,B,C,and D, Freedom Park, Fort Curtis, and the Confederate Cemetery. This comprehansive tour gives the heritage tourist a first-hand knowledge of the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. Tours last at least three hours. For your custom Civil War tour, call Delta Heritage Tours: 870-995-2698.
Harvest of Death now available!
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Terry's Texas Rangers Camp 1937
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne (1828-1864)
"I am with the South in death, in victory or defeat. I never owned a Negro and care nothing for them, but these people have been my friends and have stood up to me on all occasions.
In addition to this, I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation of the constitution and the fundamental principles of the government. They no longer acknowledge that all government derives its validity from the consent of the governed."
"If this cause that is so dear to my heart is doomed to fail, then I pray heaven may let me fall with it, while my face is turned toward the enemy and my right arm battling for that which I know to be right."
Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish."
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.
On the history of war...
Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.