FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 2, 2015
FOR STATEWIDE RELEASE
ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION APPROVES THREE HISTORICAL MARKERS
LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved applications for Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers in Searcy, Pulaski and Randolph counties, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.
The approved markers are:
* Witts Springs in the Civil War, commemorating a Confederate raid into Missouri and a skirmish in Searcy County. Sponsored by Witts Springs Community Voices, the marker will be placed on the old Witts Springs School campus on Highway 16
* Camps on Bayou Meto, commemorating Confederate camps and Union operations along Bayou Meto in modern-day Jacksonville. Sponsored by the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society, the marker will be placed at 315 Division Street in Jacksonville
* Camp Shaver, commemorating the camp where the Seventh Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A., mustered and trained in 1861. Sponsored by the Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the marker will be placed at 2500 Highway 62 West in Pocahontas.
Through the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program, the ACWSC works with local partners to help tell the stories of how the Civil War affected communities around the state. To date, 139 markers have been approved, with at least one in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties.
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is housed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.