Calendar of Events

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will sanction suitable events and activities throughout Arkansas during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, 2011-2015. During the time leading up to the sesquicentennial, the ACWSC website will include a calendar of Civil War-related events taking place around the state.

If you have an event you would like included in the ACWSC calendar of events, please fill out the logo-use form below. Questions? Send an e-mail to acwsc@arkansasheritage.org.

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The Commission has established procedures under which activities to be held between 2011 and 2015 will be permitted to display the Commission logo as officially sanctioned Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Events. Please click here for a copy of the ACWSC logo use request form and here for a copy of the ACWS logo use procedures guidelines. The ACWSC logo is a registered trademark and can be used only with the written permission of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Events that have received permission to use the ACWSC logo are marked with the Commission logo on the list below.

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Officially Sanctioned EventAnnual Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day in Arkansas, April 19, 2014
CONTACT:
W. Danny Honnoll, Chief of Staff, Arkansas Division
Arkansas Capital Grounds, NE Corner
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 870-926-2985
http://arkansasscv.org/
info@arkansastoothpick.com

   
 Arkansas Division; Sons of Confederate Veterans – Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day

Event location:
Arkansas Capital Ground next to the Confederate Monument on the NE Corner of Capital Ground.
Time: 11 am
Price:
free

This annual event is emphases the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the men that fought and died from Arkansas.  Also it will be observing Confederate Flag Day in with this event. 
At 11 am the names of the fallen will be read by members of the  Arkansas Division SCV.  The will event will have plenty of photo opportunities and period music.   Numerous individuals will be in period attire. Ladies in mourning attire will lay flowers at the Confederate Monument.  Each year a different keynote speaker to give a speech to the gathering.  There will be a three volley gun salute to the fallen of Arkansas.

Honoring the Dead:

The names of Arkansas soldiers who died during the war years of 1861-1865 will be read at the Confederate monument located at the northeast corner of the capitol grounds. A bell will be rung following each name.

      An estimated 60,000 Arkansawers enlisted in Confederate units and that at least 6,800 are known to have been killed or died of disease during the War. Some of the approximately 2,500 names of those dead will be read during the ceremony.

 

 

 



Officially Sanctioned EventSaline County Library presents: Seminar on the Camden Expedition and the Battle of Jenkins Ferry , April 19, 2014
CONTACT:
Saline County Library
1800 Smithers Drive
Benton, AR 72015
Ph: (501) 778-4766
www.salinecountylibrary.org
stevep@salinecountylibrary.org

Please call the library at (501) 778-4766 to register for
the seminar.  It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 
 
The Saline County Library will host a seminar on the 150th anniversary of the Camden Expedition and the Battle of Jenkins Ferry at the Saline County Library, 1800 Smithers Drive in Benton, Arkansas on Saturday,
April 19th.  Here is the schedule for the event and the topics and speakers listed below:

9:10-9:20am-Introductions and Welcome-Steve Perdue, Head of
Genealogy and Local History Department of the Saline County Library.

9:30-10:30am-Session 1-“Overview of the Red River and Camden
Expeditions” given by Mr. Tom Ezell, historian from Scott, Arkansas.

10:30-10:45am-Break

10:45-11:45am-Session 2-“Fagan and Crawford Saline County’s Own”will be given by Steve Perdue, Head of Genealogy and Local History Department of the Saline County Library.

11:45-1:00pm-Lunch on your own

1:00-2:00pm-Session 3-“The Battle of Jenkins Ferry” will be
given by Mr. Roy Wilson, author of Sheridan and Grant County and Director of the Gifted and Talented department of Sheridan Public Schools.

2:00-2:15pm-Break

2:15-3:15pm-“Remnants of War”-a display by Paul Wright,
civil war re-enactor and collector of artifacts from the Battle of Jenkins
Ferry.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Shawn Fisher, April 22, 2014
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
Ph: 5013279222
rmeadows@aaamissouri.com

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public.  It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.
 
Shawn Fisher, History professor at Harding University, will provide a lecture entitled The Spencer Rifle



Officially Sanctioned EventBrown Bag Lunch Lecture: Racial Atrocities During the Camden Expedition, April 23, 2014
CONTACT:
Old State House Museum
300 W. Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 501.324.9685
http://www.oldstatehouse.com/
info@oldstatehouse.org

The program is free and open to the public.  It begins at noon. Each month the Old State House Museum hosts a lunch time lecture programs with distinguished Arkansans and historians on various topics. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch. Most Brown Bags are held in the Supreme Court Chamber in the East Wing of the building.

Racial Atrocities During the Camden Expedition: Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele led a Union army into southwest Arkansas in the spring of 1864 to join another army in Louisiana and invade Texas. He never made it past Camden and barely made it back to Little Rock. The Camden Expedition was marred by racial atrocities by both sides, in fighting at Poison Spring, Marks’ Mills and Jenkins’ Ferry. This program will present evidence of the atrocities from accounts by both Union and Confederate soldiers.


Mark Christ is community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage He joined the AHPP in 1990 after eight years as a professional journalist. A 1982 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he received his Master’s degree in 2000 from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council and is a member of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association. He has written and edited several books, including “Rugged and Sublime” The Civil War in Arkansas, Sentinels of History: Reflections on Arkansas Properties Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, “Getting Used To Being Shot At”: The Spence Family Civil War Letters, “All Cut to Pieces and Gone to Hell”: The Civil War, Race Relations and the Battle of Poison Spring, “The Earth Shook and Trees Trembled”: Civil War Arkansas 1863-1864, “The Die is Cast: Arkansas Goes to War, 1861,” and Civil War Arkansas, 1863: The Battle for a State, which won the 2010 Douglas Southall Freeman Award.



Officially Sanctioned EventMacArthur Museum of AR Military History presents: Roy Wilson, April 24, 2014
CONTACT:
MacArthur Museum of AR Military History
503 E. 9th St.
Little Rock, AR 72202
Ph: 501-376-4602
www.arkmilitaryheritage.com/
smcateer@littlerock.org

"The Battle of Jenkins' Ferry" lecture by Roy Wilson.  Roy Wilson will present a lecture on the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry and its importance in the Camden Expedition.  Wilson will focus on the decisions and people that caused the battle to occur when and how it did.  Pictures of the battle's location in the Saline River bottoms and individual stories of participants are highlighted. 
 
This event is free and open to the public.  It will begin at 7 p.m.



Officially Sanctioned EventFort Lincoln Wild Game Heritage Dinner, April 26, 2014
CONTACT:
Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest
corner of Hazel and Ash streets
DeValls Bluff, AR 72041
Ph: 501-944-5414
carnold@quinstreet.com

1st annual Southern Heritage Wild Game Dinner on April 26th at 5:30
pm at the Old gym on hazel st in DeValls Bluff. There will be live music
provided by Preservation Theory, Scott Quimby, Pastor of First Baptist Church Stuttgart. Guest speaker Dr. Jim Lagrone. Dyan Bonhert will speak about food during the Civil War. Tickets will be sold for this event. Tickets are $10.00 per person, under 8 years of age free. 



Officially Sanctioned EventACWSC Commission meeting, April 30, 2014
CONTACT:
ACWSC
900 W Capitol Ave #100
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 501-324-9880
http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com
angela@arkansasheritage.org

The next Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in the Bessie B. Moore Conference room in the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock. The meeting is free and open to the public.



Officially Sanctioned EventOld State House Museum presents: Brown Bag Lecture Series, April 30, 2014
CONTACT:
Old State House Museum
300 W Markham St
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: (501) 324-9685
http://www.oldstatehouse.com/
info@oldstatehouse.org

This event begins at noon, and is free and open to the public.  Drinks will be provided. 

The topic of the lecture is The Battle of Jenkins' Ferry.
The Camden Expedition's Jenkins' Ferry battle comes alive with events and pictures of today's battlefield locations of the battle on April 29 and 30, 1864, as General Steele's retreat from Camden was caught by the Confederates at the Saline River. Join us as stories and struggles of the personalities involved are shared marking the exact Sesquicentennial moments of the battle.   

Roy Wilson is in his 40th year of service to the Sheridan Schools, having taught Arkansas and American history and government classes for over three decades.  Currently he serves as the district's Gifted and Talented/Advanced Placement Coordinator, and is a member of the Central Office Administrative Team.  Wilson is the author of SHERIDAN AND GRANT COUNTY, published in 2012, as part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America Series.  In 1998, his work detailed
the life story of his teacher mentor, Wilma Stephens Thornton, longtime
Grant County teacher, in Where the Roses Never Fade.  During his
career in education, Wilson has received twelve teaching awards, including three national and six statewide awards.  In 2002 he was selected Walmart's Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  Previously, he received the State Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Arkansas Outstanding American History Teacher award.  One of his economics units earned first place in the nation sponsored by the National Council of Economic Education.  A graduate of Glenwood High School, he holds the B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees from Henderson State University.  All his ancestors once resided in southern Grant County and northern Dallas County, whose stories of hardship fueled a lifelong interest in local history. 



Officially Sanctioned EventCamden Expedition Historical Marker Dedication, May 3, 2014
CONTACT:
Kay Tatum
503 E. 9th Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
Ph: (501) 529-3802
kay.tatum@yahoo.com

This event is free and open to the public.  It begins at 1 p.m.

The Camden Expedition (March 23 – May 3, 1864) represented a lost opportunity for the Confederates in Arkansas to turn the Civil War in its favor. In the spring of 1864, Union General, Frederick Steele received orders to march south to Shreveport and join Federal armies coming from Louisiana under General Nathaniel Banks. Their combined forces planned to launch an invasion of Texas as part of the Red River Campaign. The Arkansas component of his plan was known as
the Camden Expedition.
The Red River Campaign proved to be a terrible loss for the Union troops. Steele’s troops seized the river port city of Camden on April 15, but evacuated less than two weeks later after suffering defeats at Poison Spring and Marks’ Mills.  His army narrowly averted capture at Jenkins’ Ferry before returning to the Arsenal Building at Little Rock on May 3 1864, after what was called
“forty days of disaster”.
 
The Camden Expedition Marker is a project of the General T. J. Churchill Chapter #1373 United Daughters of
the Confederacy. This project is supported
in part by grants from the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, the Arkansas Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional financial assistance provided by the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Mr. Ron Fuller and Mr. John Tatum.
 
Please join us for the 150thCommemoration of the Camden Expedition. 



Officially Sanctioned EventLiving History School Days, May 9, 2014
CONTACT:
Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest
corner of Hazel and Ash streets
DeValls Bluff, AR 72041
Ph: 501-944-5414
carnold@quinstreet.com

May 9th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old DVB School Grounds
 
All schools are invited
 
Early evening prayer service at Rhodes Park
 
Movie night at the Community Center
 
This event is free and open to the public.



Officially Sanctioned EventSchool Days, May 9, 2014
CONTACT:
Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Foundation
572 Sycamore St
DeValls Bluff, AR 72041
Ph: 501-944-5414
carnold@quinstreet.com

This event is an excellent opportunity for students and others to learn about Civil War history in Prairie County and engage in other educational activities! Here are some of the highlights for this year:

1)     Over 50 Civil War re-enactors and history
makers will participate;

2)     Re-enactors will have a canon firing
demonstration;

3)     A Fingerprint ID station will be at
the event;

4)     A Civil War “Doctor” will talk about
medical treatment of soldiers;

5)     A Civil War “Embalmer” will explain
the process of embalming;

6)     Museum artifacts will be on display.

Also, lunch will be served free of charge! Please RSVP to Billy White, Director at 501-516-6064 with a count of those that will be attending. Be sure to let us know how many will want the
free lunch, including teachers and bus drivers! We look forward to your participation!



Officially Sanctioned EventFort Lincoln Freedom Fest, May 10, 2014
CONTACT:
Arnold Family Foundation and Delta Cultural Center
710 E. Sycamore St.
DeValls Bluff, AR 72041
Ph: 870-998-2005
http://www.arnoldfamilyfoundation.org/
info@arkansastoothpick.com

This event will feature educational programming and entertainment for all ages.  Event will include:
 
Artillery and Infantry

demonstrations
 
Educational projects
 
skirmish
 
tours of original fortifications in Devalls Bluff

Music

vendors

arts and crafts

Event location: Devalls Bluff Community Center

Time: 9am-7PM

Free admission



Officially Sanctioned EventGrand Prairie Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Shawn Fisher, May 13, 2014
CONTACT:
Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
215 Front St SW
Lonoke, AR 72086
Ph: (501) 676-6750
www.ipa.net/~jack5/?
rmeadows@aaamissouri.com

Shawn Fisher will present a program on Civil War Body Armor.

The event will be at the Lonoke County Museum at 7:00 P.M. It is free and open to the public.



Officially Sanctioned EventACWSC GRANT DEADLINES FOR 2014, May 16, 2014
CONTACT:
Angela Kubaiko
324 Center Street, Suite 1500
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 501-324-9880
http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com
angela@arkansasheritage.org

The deadline for grant applications is 4:30 p.m. on May 16, 2014. The application must be in the office by 4:30 p.m. on 5/16/2014.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits Wooster/ Roadrunners Extension Homemakers Club, May 12, 2014 - May 25, 2014
CONTACT:
Marie Wilson
7 Reed Road
Wooster, AR 72181
Ph: 501-581-7371
lgred@cyberback.com

 

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.

The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.
The exhibt will be available for viewing during normal City Hall hours. There is no admission fee.



Officially Sanctioned EventGrand Prairie Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Tom DeBlack, June 10, 2014
CONTACT:
Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
215 Front St SW
Lonoke, AR 72086
Ph: (501) 676-6750
www.ipa.net/~jack5/?
rmeadows@aaamissouri.com

Tom DeBlack will present a program on the Arkansas Homefront.

The event will be at the Lonoke County Museum at 7:00 P.M. It is free and open to the public.



Brown Bag Lunch Lecture presents: Michael Dougan , June 11, 2014
CONTACT:
Old State House Museum
300 W. Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 501.324.9685
http://www.oldstatehouse.com/
info@oldstatehouse.org

The program is free and open to the public.  It begins at noon. Each month the Old State House Museum hosts a lunch time lecture programs with distinguished Arkansans and historians on various topics. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch. Most Brown Bags are held in the Supreme Court Chamber in the East Wing of the building.
 
Michael Dougan will speak on the Confederate government in Arkansas.
 
Michael B. Dougan hails from Neosho, Mo. His BA was from Southwest Missouri State College and his doctorate from Emory University. He taught at Arkansas State University from 1970 to 2005. The author of books and articles on various fields  Arkansas history.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Philip McMath , June 24, 2014
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
Ph: 5013279222
rmeadows@aaamissouri.com

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public.  It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.
 
 Philip McMath, an attorney, will provide a lecture entitled David O. Dodd.



Officially Sanctioned EventGrand Prairie Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Mark Christ, July 8, 2014
CONTACT:
Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
215 Front St SW
Lonoke, AR 72086
Ph: (501) 676-6750
www.ipa.net/~jack5/?
rmeadows@aaamissouri.com

Mark Christ will present a program on Gen JO Shelby & Summer ‘64.

The event will be at the Lonoke County Museum at 7:00 P.M. It is free and open to the public.



Officially Sanctioned EventGrand Prairie Civil War Roundtable presents: Mark Christ, July 8, 2014
CONTACT:
Rick Meadows
215 Front St SW
Lonoke, AR 72086
Ph: (501) 676-6750
rmeadows@aaamissouri.com

This meeting will feature a lecture by Mark Christ. The topic is to be announced at a later date.

Speaker Mark Christ is Community Outreach Director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. He is a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association. Christ was named a 2013 recipient of the Civil War Trust's State Preservation Leadership Award, and Christ’s most recent nonfiction book “Civil War Arkansas 1863” was recently selected as the winner of the 2013 Worthen Prize, awarded by the Central Arkansas Library System.
 
This event will begin at 7P.M.  It is free and open to the public.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Tom DeBlack, July 22, 2014
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
Ph: 5013279222
rmeadows@aaamissouri.com

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public.  It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.
 Tom DeBlack, professor at Arkansas Tech, will provide a lecture entitled Conditions on the Home front.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Mark Christ, August 26, 2014
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
Ph: 5013279222
rmeadows@aaamissouri.com

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public.  It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.
 
Mark Christ will provide a lecture entitled J.O. Shelby's Summer of '64.
 
Mark Christ is community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage  He has written and edited several books, including “Rugged and Sublime” The Civil War in Arkansas, Sentinels of History: Reflections on Arkansas Properties Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, “Getting Used To Being Shot At”: The Spence Family Civil War Letters, “All Cut to Pieces and Gone to Hell”: The Civil War, Race Relations and the Battle of Poison Spring, “The Earth Shook and Trees Trembled”: Civil War Arkansas 1863-1864, “The Die is Cast: Arkansas Goes to War, 1861,” Civil War Arkansas, 1863: The Battle for a State, which won the 2010 Douglas Southall Freeman Award, "Today We Marched Again," and "I Do With This Cruel War Was Over."



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits Faulkner County Museum, November 10, 2014 - November 23, 2014
CONTACT:
Faulkner County Museum
801 Locust Street
Conway, AR 72032
Ph: 501-329-5918
http://faulknercountymuseum.org/
fcm@conwaycorp.net

 

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.

The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.
The museum is open Monday - Thursday, 9-4 pm. Admission to the exhibit is free.



Officially Sanctioned EventOld State House Museum presents: Brown Bag Lecture Series, January 21, 2015
CONTACT:
Old State House Museum
300 W Markham St
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: (501) 324-9685
http://www.oldstatehouse.com/
info@oldstatehouse.org

This event begins at noon. It is free and open to the public.  Drinks will be provided. 
 
RICHARD L. HARTNESS, SR. is a native of Wynne, Cross County, Arkansas. He graduated from Wynne High School (1962) and Arkansas State University (BS-1968, MA-1978). He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University, where he is researching information on the first tenured Black professors in Arkansas colleges and universities.  He developed an interpretive plan for the WWII Japanese-American Relocation Center at Jerome, Arkansas. And, he recently contributed portions of the narrative for a Civil War Sesquicentennial marker at historic Wittsburg, Arkansas, as well as the entire narrative found on the Tri-County Corner marker on CR 800 (on the St. Francis River near Parkin), where Poinsett, Crittenden, and St. Francis counties came together before Cross County was formed.
 
Mr. Harness will present a lectrue on Robert Sander Burke.  (1823-1894)

Robert S. Burke was one of fourteen children born to William L. Burke and Elizabeth B. (Sanders) Burke in North Carolina. The family moved to Georgia for a short time before making their home in Pickens County, Alabama. While in Georgia, Robert became a surveyor, and family tradition says he came to Arkansas in the early 1840s with a team of
federal surveyors sent to lay out township and range lines in the young state. Montgomery County was created in 1842, and Robert served as their county surveyor from 1852 to 1866.[NOTE: Incidentally, his two surveyor’s transits are now in the possession of the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.]
 
    In December 1849 he married Elizabeth Ann Morrow, whose family had migrated to the state from Indiana. The couple settled in Gap Township, Montgomery County, for the first seventeen years of their
marriage, then in 1866 moved to Colbath Township, Clark County, an area taken from Clark County in 1873 and styled “Clark Township” of Pike County. Then, from 1880 to 1882 Robert was the Pike County surveyor. The Burkes would have a total of eleven children from 1850 to 1877, while he surveyed and conducted subsistence farming to support his growing family.

       During the Civil War he was elected Captain of a group of Montgomery County mounted volunteers, initially called “Burke’s Company,” and by war’s end was mustered into Confederate service as Company “B,” Newton’s 10thArkansas Cavalry Regiment. This unit, as so many others like it, was composed primarily of boys too young for conscription and older men, who may have served on active duty in other units before joining local “home guard” militias.

     In November 1894 he was thrown by his snake-spooked horse, suffered a fractured hip, caught pneumonia and died. His widow, Elizabeth would live another four years before she passed away.



Officially Sanctioned EventAnnual Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day in Arkansas, April 4, 2015
CONTACT:
W. Danny Honnoll, Chief of Staff, Arkansas Division
Arkansas Capital Grounds, NE Corner
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 870-926-2985
http://arkansasscv.org/
info@arkansastoothpick.com

 
Annual Arkansas Division; Sons of Confederate Veterans – Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day

Event location:
Arkansas Capital Ground next to the Confederate Monument on the NE Corner of Capital Ground.
Date:
April 4, 2015
Time:
11 am
Price:
free

 
This annual event is emphases the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the men that fought and died from Arkansas.  Also it will be observing Confederate Flag Day in with this event. 
 
At 11 am the names of the fallen will be read by members of the  Arkansas Division SCV.  The will event will have plenty of photo opportunities and period music.   Numerous individuals will be in period attire. Ladies in mourning attire will lay flowers at the Confederate Monument.  Each year a different keynote speaker to give a speech to the gathering.  There will be a three volley gun salute to the fallen of Arkansas.

Honoring the Dead:

The names of Arkansas soldiers who died during the war years of 1861-1865 will be read at the Confederate monument located at the northeast corner of the capitol grounds. A bell will be rung following each name.

      An estimated 60,000 Arkansawers enlisted in Confederate units and that at least 6,800 are known to have been killed or died of disease during the War. Some of the approximately 2,500 names of those dead will be read during the ceremony.

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