Pulaski, Craighead County Civil War 150 Markers! ACWSC E-Newsletter

Friday, January 23, 2015

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LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved applications for Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers in Craighead and Pulaski counties, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.

The Craighead County marker is sponsored by the Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and will commemorate Private William M. Loudermilk, the last Confederate veteran to die in Arkansas. It will be located at Keller’s Chapel Cemetery in Jonesboro, where Loudermilk is buried.

The Pulaski County marker is sponsored by the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society and will commemorate events leading to the September 1863 duel between Confederate generals John Sappington Marmaduke and Lucius M. Walker. It will be located on the Reed’s Bridge battlefield on Highway 161 in Jacksonville.

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. The Commission hopes that there will be at least one marker in each of the state’s 75 counties by the end of the commemoration in 2015. Counties that currently do not have Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers are Bradley, Calhoun, Crawford, Franklin, Hot Spring, Howard, Lafayette, Lawrence, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Randolph, Sevier and Sharp.

To date, 103 markers in 61 counties have been approved. Marker applications are available at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/historical-markers/markers.aspx.

For more information on sesquicentennial plans, visit www.arkansascivilwar150.com or e-mail acwsc@arkansasheritage.org.

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.



The Winter 2014 issue of the Arkansas Battlefield Update newsletter is now available on the AHPP’s web site at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/publications/. The newsletter includes articles on the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s plans to commemorate the 1865 passage of the 13th Amendment in the state, battlefield preservation efforts in Prescott and Jacksonville, the activities of the regional Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail organizations, and other information on the Civil War in Arkansas. Click on the Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail logo to read the newsletter. If you would like to be put on the mailing list for hard copies of the newsletter, send your name and mailing address to acwsc@arkansaspreservation.org

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