Podcasts

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission's podcast page features short lectures by authorities on different aspects of the war in the state. The podcasts are being produced in cooperation with the School of Mass Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Special thanks go to David Weekley, Rudy Aldor, Dennis Geswein, Tristan Stuart, Adam Richmond, Mary-Britton Norton, Laura Morgan, Justin Roberts,Simone Lewis and Mary Mills of the School of Mass Communication for their assistance. Additional assistance was provided by Josh Jenkins of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and by the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.


The Arsenal Crisis
The Little Rock Arsenal Crisis: Stephan McAteer of the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History discusses the 1861 crisis that almost sparked the Civil War.
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Men and Women in Crisis
Men and Women in Crisis: Dr. Michael B. Dougan, retired Arkansas State University historian, discusses the people who attended the secession convention in Little Rock.
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The Arkansas Army
The Arkansas Army: Dr. Michael B. Dougan, retired Arkansas State University historian, discusses the creation of Arkansas’s first military organization after the state seceded from the Union.
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The Arkansas Peace Society
The Arkansas Peace Society: James J. Johnston discusses a secret society of Unionists who opposed secession in 1861.
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Arkansas Politics, 1860
Dr. Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock explains the political situation in Arkansas on the eve of the Civil War.
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Unionism in Arkansas
Dr. Thomas A. DeBlack of Arkansas Tech University explores the strong Union sentiment that prevailed in many parts of Arkansas during the Civil War.
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Why They Joined
Dr. Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock explores the motivations of the Arkansas men who enlisted in the Confederate army at the beginning of the Civil War.
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War in the Southern Delta
Dr. Tom DeBlack of Arkansas Tech University discusses warfare along the Mississippi River in southeast Arkansas.
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Why They Continued to Fight
Dr. Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock discusses the experiences of Arkansas Confederate soldiers as they endured years of warfare.
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The Secession Convention
The Secession Convention: Dr. Michael B. Dougan, retired Arkansas State University historian, discusses the 1861 Secession Convention that led Arkansas to leave the Union.
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Huntersville
Huntersville: Cary Bradburn of the North Little Rock History Commission, author of "On The Opposite Shore: The Making of North Little Rock," tells the story of the Civil War complex that once stood on the north bank of the Arkansas River.
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Elias Cornelius Boudinot
Elias Cornelius Boudinot: Dr. Michael B. Dougan, retired Arkansas State University historian, tells the story of a Native American who made his mark on Arkansas Civil War history.
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C.S.S. Pontchartrain
C.S.S. Pontchartrain: Mark K. Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission tells the story of a once-feared Confederate gunboat.
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N. Bart Pearce
N. Bart Pearce: Dr. Michael B. Dougan, retired Arkansas State University historian, tells us about Arkansas's forgotten general.
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General Thomas C. Hindman
General Thomas C. Hindman: Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System, discusses the controversial Arkansas command of the general from Helena.
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Mexican War Veterans in Civil War Arkansas
Mexican War Veterans in Civil War Arkansas: William A. Frazier, editor of "Ready, Booted and Spurred: Arkansas in the U.S.-Mexican War," discusses the impact of Mexican War veterans on the Civil War in Arkansas.
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Omelia Thomas: From Slavery to Freedom
Omelia Thomas: From Slavery to Freedom: Ornett Grind of Arkansas State Parks tells the story of one African-American family in Arkansas.
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Little Rock as a Hospital Town
Little Rock as a Hospital Town: Cynthia DeHaven Pitcock, professor of Medical Humanities at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, tells us about fledgling efforts to treat the wounded in Arkansas.
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Racial Atrocities During the Camden Expedition
Racial Atrocities During the Camden Expedition: Mark K. Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission recounts atrocities at the 1864 battles of Poison Spring and Jenkins' Ferry.
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The River War in Arkansas
The River War in Arkansas: Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System, tells how the Civil War was fought on the rivers of Arkansas.
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General Dandridge McRae
General Dandridge McRae: Alan Thompson of Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park speaks about the troubled career of an Arkansas Confederate general.
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Medicine in the Trans-Mississippi
Medicine in the Trans-Mississippi: Cynthia DeHaven Pitcock, professor of medical humanities at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, describes the elaborate efforts made to provide medical supplies west of the Mississippi River.
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Confederate Women of Arkansas
Confederate Women of Arkansas: Ellen Lewis of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission describes the experiences of Arkansas women during the Civil War.
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The Williams Clan: "Mountain Feds"
The Williams Clan: "Mountain Feds": Dr. Kenneth C. Barnes of the University of Central Arkansas discusses the Civil War experiences of a family of Arkansas Unionists.
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The U.S.S. Tyler
The U.S.S. Tyler: Jack Myers of the Delta Cultural Center explores the Civil War career of a river steamboat turned timber-clad warship.
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A New Beginning for the U.S.C.T.
A New Beginning for the U.S.C.T.: Historian Archie Moore discusses how soldiers in the United States Colored Troops seized their first opportunities for formal education.
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Post Defense Colonies
Post Defense Colonies: Alan Thompson of Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park discusses a novel method of protecting Unionist settlements in northwest Arkansas.
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From Contraband to Soldier
From Contraband to Soldier: Historian Ronnie A. Nichols discusses the path African Americans followed as they sought their freedom.
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Confederate Grizzlies
Confederate Grizzlies: Dr. Bill Gurley of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences discusses the Missouri Division of General Mosby M. Parsons.
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Battlefield Archeology
Battlefield Archeology: Dr. Jamie Brandon of the Arkansas Archeological Survey discusses how archeologists view Civil War battlefields.
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Raising Regiments of African Descent
Raising Regiments of African Descent: Historian Ronnie A. Nichols discusses the many African-American regiments that were recruited in Arkansas.
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Mosby M. Parsons: Confederate General, Murder Victim
Mosby M. Parsons: Confederate General, Murder Victim: Dr. Bill Gurley of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences discusses the life and death of an officer who saw much action in Arkansas.
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"Doc" Rayburn
"Doc" Rayburn: Alan Thompson of Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park discusses the colorful career of a cross-dressing Confederate guerrilla.
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Guerilla Fighting in the West
Guerilla Fighting in the West: Dr. Buck T. Foster, visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, describes the vicious irregular warfare around Fort Smith.
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At War with the U.S. Colored Troops
At War with the U.S. Colored Troops: Archie Moore of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission discusses the many issues facing African American soldiers in the Civil War.
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Poison Spring in the Newspapers
Poison Spring in the Newspapers: Sonny Rhodes of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Mass Communications discusses how Northern and Southern newspapers reported the vicious battle of Poison Spring.
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Slavery and Slave Resistance
Slavery and Slave Resistance: Jodi Morris of Central High School National Historic Site discusses slavery and slave resistance in Arkansas.
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The Battle of Pine Bluff
The Battle of Pine Bluff: Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission discusses the October 25, 1863, battle of Pine Bluff.
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Hungry in Fort Smith
Hungry in Fort Smith: Dr. Buck T. Foster, visiting professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, discusses the shortage of supplies in Fort Smith and the suffering it caused.
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The Second Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.)
The Second Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.): Brian Robertson of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies discusses the career of a Union guerilla-hunting regiment.
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The Battle of Saint Charles
The Battle of Saint Charles: William Stevens of the C.S.S. Pontchartrain Project discusses the engagement where "the deadliest shot of the Civil War" was fired.
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War Comes to Washington
War Comes to Washington: Josh Williams of Historic Washington State Park examines the politics of and military preparation for the beginning of the Civil War.
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A Civil War Tragedy
The first-place winner in the Northwest Arkansas Civil War Podcast Contest, grades K-5: Kingston Elementary School 3rd and 4th grade gifted and talented class, Kingston, for “A Civil War Tragedy in Huntsville, Arkansas.”
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The Flag, As Told By Jane Bailey
Second-place winner in the Northwest Arkansas Civil War Podcast Contest, grades K-5: Lauren Ada, Forest Heights Elementary School, Harrison, for “The Flag, as Told by Jane Bailey.”
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The Battle of Pea Ridge
First-place winner in the Northwest Arkansas Civil War Podcast Contest, grades 6-8: Maggie Weber and Sarah Strickland, Hellstern Middle School, Springdale, for “The Battle of Pea Ridge.”
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Dr. Keller and the Civil War in Arkansas
Second-place winner in the Northwest Arkansas Civil War Podcast Contest, grades 6-8: Rebekah Love, Trevor Clark, and Alex Eremiev, Hellstern Middle School, Springdale, for “Dr. Keller and the Civil War in Arkansas.”
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The Girl I Left Behind Me
First-place winner in the Northwest Arkansas Civil War Podcast Contest, grades 9-12: Sophia Calzada, home school, Fayetteville, for “'The Girl I Left Behind Me' and the Battle of Pea Ridge.”
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Elkhorn Tavern
Second-place winner in the Northwest Arkansas Civil War Podcast Contest, grades 9-12: Rachel Brewer and Ryan Gunter, Benton County School of the Arts High School, Rogers, for “Elkhorn Tavern.”
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Arkansas Men in the U.S. Colored Troops
Arkansas Men in the U.S. Colored Troops: Dr. Charles Bolton, retired University of Arkansas at Little Rock history professor, discusses black men from Arkansas who served in the Union army.
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Batesville: A Divided City
Batesville: A Divided City: Dr. George Lankford of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial discusses how the people of Batesville dealt with secession and war.
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Arkansas Battlefield Archeology
Arkansas Battlefield Archeology: Carl Carlson-Drexler of the Arkansas Archeological Survey discusses archeological investigations of Arkansas battle sites.
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Education from Civil War to Civil Rights
Education from Civil War to Civil Rights: Jodi Morris of Central High School National Historic Site talks about the development of education for African American children in Arkansas.
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Washington Arkansas, 1860
Washington, Arkansas, 1860: Josh Williams of Historic Washington State Park discusses how that Hempstead County town reacted to the election of 1860.
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WPA Memories of the Civil War
WPA Memories of the Civil War: Susan Young of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History tells of Civil War memories recorded by the Works Progress Administration.
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Arkansas Confederates in Alton Prison
Arkansas Confederates in Alton Prison: Travis Ratermann of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program discusses the experiences of Arkansas soldiers in the Alton, Illinois, prisoner of war camp.
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Soldiers or Outlaws?
Soldiers or Outlaws? Dr. George Lankford of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission discusses the difficulty of defining the irregular troops of the Ozarks.
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Marmaduke-Walker Duel
Marmaduke-Walker Duel: Mark K. Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission discusses the fatal confrontation of two Confederate generals.
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Bill Dark
Bill Dark: Dr. Buck T. Foster, visiting professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, discusses the short, violent career of an Arkansas bushwhacker.
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E.W. Gantt
E.W. Gantt: Peggy Lloyd of the South Arkansas Regional Archives discusses a rabid secessionist turned ardent Unionist.
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Nancy Morton and Prairie Grove
Nancy Morton and Prairie Grove: Susan Young of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History discusses an eyewitness account of the battle of Prairie Grove.
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Camp and Civilian Archeology
Camp and Civilian Archeology: Carl Carlson-Drexler discusses archeological investigations of military camps and Civil War-era civilian sites in Arkansas.
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Refashioning Black Identity
Refashioning Black Identity: Little Rock historian Grif Stockley discusses the refashioning of identity for black Arkansans as they gained their freedom.
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Lessons Learned from the Civil War
Lessons Learned from the Civil War: Dr. Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock discusses why we should commemorate, indeed celebrate, the Civil War.
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Nelson Hackett
Nelson Hackett: Dr. Charles Bolton, retired University of Arkansas at Little Rock history professor, discusses the international case of an escaped Fayetteville slave.
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Martin Hart
Martin Hart: Dr. Buck T. Foster, visiting professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, discusses the actions of a renegade Texan who served both North and South.
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Captain John W. Dunnington
Captain John W. Dunnington: William Stevens of the C.S.S. Pontchartrain project discusses the commander of a Confederate gunboat on Arkansas waters.
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Suppressing Guerrillas
Suppressing Guerrillas: Dr. George Lankford of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission discusses efforts by both Union and Confederate leaders to curb guerrilla activity in north-central Arkansas.
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Robert Mecklin's Recollections
Robert Mecklin's Recollections: Susan Young of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History discusses the sometimes shocking memories of a civilian during the Civil War.
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From U.S.C.T. to Central High
From U.S.C.T. to Central High: Rhonda Stewart of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies explores her ancestral connections to the Civil War and the Central High Crisis.
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Washington, Arkansas, 1862
Washington, Arkansas, 1862: Josh Williams of Historic Washington State Park discusses the impact of the second year of the Civil War on the Hempstead County seat.
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The Battle of Massard Prairie
The Battle of Massard Prairie: Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission discusses an 1864 battle south of Fort Smith.
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David O. Dodd, Man and Myth
David O. Dodd, Man and Myth: Dr. Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock discusses the truth and the legend surrounding the "Boy Martyr of the Confederacy."
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Bats and the Civil War
Bats and the Civil War: Jane Jones-Schulz of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission discusses the key role that bats played in Civil War Arkansas.
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Solon Borland
Solon Borland: Steve Teske of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies explores the Civil War career of an Arkansas politician and soldier.
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War on the White River
War on the White River: Anna Pfeifler of the Arkansas History Commission discusses warfare along the White River during the Civil War.
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J.R. Eakin, Confederate Editor
J.R. Eakin, Confederate Editor: Sonny Rhodes of the UALR College of Mass Communications discusses the editor of the Washington Telegraph.
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Clothing Confederate Arkansas
Clothing Confederate Arkansas: David Sesser of Henderson State University discusses how Confederate Arkansas kept its soldiers clothed and armed.
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The Battle of Big Creek
The Battle of Big Creek: Brian Robertson of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies discusses an 1864 battle that primarily involved U.S. Colored Troops.
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Hot Springs in the Civil War
Hot Springs in the Civil War: Dr. Wendy Richter of Ouachita Baptist University explores Civil War activity in the spa city.
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Forgotten Fauna
Forgotten Fauna: Jane Jones-Schultz of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission discusses animals familiar to Civil War soldiers, but extinct today.
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The Battle of Fitzhugh's Woods
The Battle of Fitzhugh's Woods: Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission talks about an 1864 battle in Woodruff County.
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Confederate Nitre Mining in the Ozarks
Confederate Nitre Mining in the Ozarks: James Johnston discusses an important Confederate manufacturing operation.
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Archeology of Dooley's Ferry
Archeology of Dooley's Ferry: Dr. Carl Carlson-Drexler of the Arkansas Archeological Survey discusses a Civil War-era domestic community and what it can tell us today.
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Jayhawkers and Jayhawking
Jayhawkers and Jayhawking: James Johnston discusses the evolution of a Civil War term and its proponents.
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African American Women in Northwest Arkansas
African American Women in Northwest Arkansas: Rebecca Howard of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville tells the stories of two black women during the Civil War.
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Disease in Helena
Disease in Helena: David Sesser of Henderson State University discusses the illnesses that plagued soldiers in Helena.
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Battle of Jenkins' Ferry
Battle of Jenkins' Ferry: Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission talks about the bloody battle that ended the 1864 Camden Expedition.
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Lakeport Plantation
Dr. Blake Wintory of Arkansas State University discusses the state's only surviving Mississippi River planation home.
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Refugees Into and Out Of the Ozarks
James Johnston discusses the passage of refugees through the rugged Ozark Mountains.
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Hermannsburg
Rebecca Howard of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville discusses the fate of a German community in northwest Arkansas.
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Frederick Steele
Ben Boulden of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences discusses the career of Arkansas's Union commander.
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Washington, Arkansas, 1863
Josh Williams of Historic Washington State Park discusses 1863 in the Confederate capital.
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Desolation in the Ozarks
James Johnston discusses desolation in the Ozarks, where neighbors were more dangerous than armies.
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