Preservation Opportunities

The legacy of the Civil War in Arkansas is represented in the fields and forests in which the soldiers fought and died, the letters and diaries that record the thoughts and feelings of the men and women who lived during the war, and the flags, uniforms and other artifacts that provide tangible links to the people who used them. The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is dedicated to the preservation of these precious reminders of the Civil War. The following organizations are working to preserve Arkansas’s Civil War legacy:

REED’S BRIDGE BATTLEFIELD PRESERVATION SOCIETY, INC., c/o Jacksonville Museum of Military History, 100 Veterans Drive, Jacksonville, AR 72076. Phone (501) 833-0565. The Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society is working to preserve the core area of the August 27, 1863, battle of Reed’s Bridge, or Bayou Meto – the best-preserved battlefield of the 1863 campaign that resulted in the capture of Little Rock by Union forces. Click here to read a pdf copy of the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield preservation plan. Click here to read the text of the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the battlefield.

FRIENDS OF JENKINS' FERRY BATTLEFIELD: Join the effort to preserve the site of the April 30, 1864, battle where Frederick Steele's Union army fought off pursuing Confederates to end the failed Camden Expedition. Learn more at http://jenkinsferry.com/. Click here  to read the preservation plan for the Jenkins' Ferry Battlefield.

PRAIRIE D'ANE BATTLEFIELD PRESERVATION:The Nevada County Depot and Museum, in cooperation with the Prescott-Nevada County Economic Development Foundation, The Civil War Trust and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is working to acquire 808 acres of the Prairie D'Ane Battlefield near Prescott.

The Nevada County Depot and Museum is accepting contributions: see http://www.depotmuseum.org/. The property appraised at $1.4 million, but the owners are offering it to the museum for $900,000. With half of the purchase price anticipated to come from federal funds, there is about $200,000 needed to complete the transaction and preserve this National Historic Landmark site from the Camden Expedition, which will be sensitively developed as a heritage tourism site.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the Nevada County Depot and Museum, 403 West First Street South, Prescott, AR 71857; be sure to specify that they are targeted toward the Prairie D'Ane Battlefield Preservation Project.

SAVE DUNAGIN'S FARM BATTLEFIELD:Join the grassroots effort to preserve the site of this key engagement in the 1862 Pea Ridge Campaign by following http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Dunagins-Farm-Civil-War-Battlefield/169852119706346

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