Sesquicentennial Minute Podcasts

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and UALR Public Radio KUAR 89.1 FM are producing a series of Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Minutes for broadcast during the commemoration of the war between 2011 and 2015. The radio spots, which can be accessed below, are also being broadcast on KUAF 91.3 FM in Fayetteville, KTXK 91.5 FM in Texarkana, and KASU 91.9 FM in Jonesboro. The Commission is grateful to our partners in public radio for taking part in the sesquicentennial commemoration.


Commemorating the Civil War (February '11)
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Minutes will mark highlights of the Civil War in Arkansas.
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A Political Crisis (February '11)
The election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. President divides the people of Arkansas.
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The Arsenal Crisis (February '11)
The first fighting of the war could have taken place in Little Rock.
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A Secession Convention? (February '11)
The people of Arkansas vote on whether to hold a convention about staying in the Union.
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Arkansas's Free and Slave Population, 1860 (March '11)
More than 25 percent of the state's population in 1860 consists of enslaved people.
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Delegates gather for the secession convention (March '11)
Delegates from around Arkansas gather in Little Rock to debate whether to leave the Union.
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The First Secession Vote (March '11)
A majority of secession convention delegates votes to remain in the Union.
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Fort Sumter Attacked (April 2011)
The Confederate attack on Fort Sumter brings the secession issue to a critical stage.
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Fort Smith Seized (April 2011)
Arkansas militiamen go to seize Fort Smith, only to find the post abandoned.
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Should the Convention Reconvene? (April 2011)
Arkansas Secession Convention Chairman David Walker faces a difficult decision.
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The Secession Vote (May 2011)
Arkansas's Secession Convention chooses to join the Southern Confederacy.
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Presenting Bold Banners (May 2011)
As volunteer companies prepare for war, women present them with flags.
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A Clark County Volunteer (May 2011)
A young volunteer from Arkadelphia prepares for war.
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Training in North Arkansas (June 2011)
Confederate recruits begin receiving their military training at camps in northern Arkansas.
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An Unseen Enemy: Disease (June 2011)
Confederate military camps are swept by epidemics of deadly diseases.
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Training With Hardee (June 2011)
General William Joseph Hardee trains raw recruits to become seasoned soldiers.
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McCulloch Enters Missouri (July 2011)
Ben McCulloch's troops enter Missouri to aid Sterling Price's Missouri State Guard.
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An Offer to Recruit Slaves (July 2011)
A Helena planter offers to recruit a regiment of slaves to fight for the Confederacy.
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Henry Morton Stanley, C.S.A. (July 2011)
A reluctant Arkansas recruit will later gain fame in Africa.
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Surprise Attack at Wilson's Creek (August 2011)
Confederate General Ben McCulloch's army is surprised by a dawn attack on August 10, 2011
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Turning the Tide at Wilson's Creek (August 2011)
Confederate troops rally and drive off Union attackers at Wilson's Creek, Missouri.
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A Costly Victory (August 2011)
Approximately one-third of the Confederate casualties at Wilson's Creek were in Arkansas units.
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A Choice for the Troops (September 2011)
After the battle of Wilson's Creek, Arkansas State Troops have a decision to make.
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The Parsons Regiment (September 2011)
One regiment of Arkansas soldiers had a leaning toward divinity.
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Salt for the Soldiers (September 2011)
As commerce with the North ended, Arkansians began looking toward their own resources.
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Pike's Indian Territory Negotiations (October 2011)
Arkansas's Albert Pike executes treaties between the Confederate government and tribes in the Indian Territory.
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Prison Industry (October 2011)
Confederate officials turn to an unusual source for supplies for their troops.
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Third Arkansas's Trial by Fire (October 2011)
The Third Arkansas Infantry faces its trial by fire in West Virginia.
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Arkansas Peace Society (November 2011)
Confederate authorities discover a secret society of Union sympathizers in northern Arkansas.
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Peace Society Members Arrested (November 2011)
Governor Henry Rector ponders the fate of Arkansas Peace Society members.
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"General" Patrick Cleburne (November 2011)
Helena's Patrick Cleburne is promoted to brigadier general -- or is he?
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A Challenge to a Duel (December 2011)
Angry words fly between the state's Adjutant General and the editor of the Arkansas Gazette.
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Peace Society Chain Gang (December 2011)
Members of the Arkansas Peace Society are marched to Little Rock bound in logging chains.
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Reluctant Confederates (December 2011)
Arkansas Peace Society Members are given a choice: Enlist or go to prison.
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Expedition to the Indian Territory (December 2011)
Troops from Arkansas pursue Native American Unionists in the Indian Territory.
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John Brown's Diary (January 2012)
Camden merchant John Brown ruminates on Arkansas's fate on New Year's Day, 1862.
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Memphis To Little Rock Railroad (January 2012)
The most important Civil War railroad in Arkansas is dedicated.
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Van Dorn Takes Command (January 2012)
Confederate General Earl Van Dorn takes command of Rebel forces in Arkansas.
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A Runaway Slave (February 2012)
An Arkansas Gazette advertisement seeks a man seeking his freedom.
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First Fighting in Arkansas (February 2012)
The First Missouri Cavalry Regiments, U.S. and C.S., shed the first blood in Arkansas.
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Action at Dunagin's Farm (February 2012)
Union and Confederate troops square off against each other at Dunagin's Farm in Benton County.
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The Sack of Fayetteville (February 2012)
Confederate troops grab more than supplies when passing through Fayetteville.
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March to Pea Ridge (March 2012)
Earl Van Dorn's Confederate Army of the West marches through the Boston Mountains to Pea Ridge.
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An Interrupted Breakfast (March 2012)
Union General Franz Sigel's breaksfast in Bentonville is interrupted -- by the Confederate army.
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Fighting at Leetown (March 2012)
Two Confederate generals lose their lives to Union skirmishers.
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Fighting at Elkhorn Tavern (March 2012)
Savage fighting at Elkhorn Tavern on Pea Ridge.
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Curtis's Assault (March 2012)
Union General Samuel Curtis's Army of the Southwest takes the battle to the Confederates at Pea Ridge.
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A Disastrous Retreat (March 2012)
The Confederate Army of the West faces a daunting retreat through north Arkansas.
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Arkansas Abandoned, April 2012
Confederate Gen. Earl Van Dorn takes his army east of the Mississippi, along with everything else.
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Arkansas at Shiloh, April 2012
Arkansas Confederate regiments suffer heavy casualties in the first great battle of the Western Theater, Shiloh.
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A City of Hospitals, 2012
Little Rock becomes a city of hospitals as casualties of Pea Ridge and Shiloh inundate the Arkansas capital.
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Secession Threat (May 2012)
Arkansas Governor Henry Rector threatens to secede ... from the Confederacy!
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Curtis Returns (May 2012)
Union General Samuel Curtis and his Army of the Southwest returns to Arkansas and threatens Little Rock.
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Fight at Chalk Bluff (May 2012)
A sharp skirmish is the first of many at this northeast Arkansas river crossing.
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Whitney's Lane (May 2012)
A bitter battle yields Arkansas's first war crimes.
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Hindman Takes Command (May 2012)
Thomas Carmichael Hindman seeks to reverse Confederate fortunes in Arkansas.
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Union Army Lives Off The Land (June 2012)
The Union Army of the Southwest cuts its supply line to Missouri and lives of the land in eastern Arkansas.
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General Orders 17 (June 2012)
Confederate General Thomas Hindman issues an order that will have far-reaching consequences.
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Fortifying Saint Charles (June 2012)
Confederate troops place cannon at Saint Charles to block a Union flotilla on the White River.
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The Deadliest Shot of the Civil War (June 2012)
A Confederate shell brings disaster to the crew of the U.S.S. Mound City.
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First Arkansas Cavalry U.S. (July 2012)
The first elements of what would become a crack Union guerrilla-huning regiment are recruited.
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A General Resigns (July 2012)
Confederate General Albert Pike resigns his commission and retires to Greasy Cove.
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Fighting at Hill's Plantation (July 2012)
An attempt to halt the Union Army of the Southwest near Cotton Plant fails.
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A Deadly Camp (July 2012)
Deadly diseases await Confederate soldiers in southwest Arkansas.
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Skirmish at Orient Ferry (July 2012)
Texas Rebels and Kansas Yankees fight a savage skirmish in northeast Arkansas.
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The First Emancipations (July 2012)
Union General Samuel Curtis frees Arkansas slaves months before the Emancipation Proclamation is announced.
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Danley and Johnson, Ex Parte (August 2012)
A Supreme Court decision shakes up the politicial situation in Confederate Arkansas.
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Building Fort Curtis (August 2012)
Construction begins on the main Federal defensive position in Helena.
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Holmes Takes Command (August 2012)
Theophilus Holmes takes command of Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi.
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Skirmish at Jonesboro (August 2012)
Confederate and Union cavalry battle on the steps of the Craighead County Courthouse.
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Building Fort Hindman (September 2012)
Confederate forces begin fortifying the approaches to Little Rock on the Arkansas River.
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Commandeering Confederates (September 2012)
Confederate General Thomas Hindman builds an army -- a hungry army.
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Hindman Invades Missouri (September 2012)
A small Confederate army establishes a foothold in southwestern Missouri.
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A Richmond Apology (September 2012)
Confederate President Jefferson Davis issues an apology to the governors of the Trans-Mississippi.
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A Future Governor Wounded (October 2012)
Among the hundreds of Arkansas soldiers wounded in the battle of Corinth, Mississippi, is a future governor of the state.
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Army of the Frontier (October 2012)
Federal forces in southwest Missouri are reorganized to form the Army of the Frontier.
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Camp Nelson (October 2012)
Disease ravages a Confederate camp outside of Little Rock.
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A Failed Expedition (November 2012)
A Union raid on the Confederate base at Arkansas Post comes to a soggy conclusion.
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Governor Flanagin (November 2012)
The colonel of the Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles becomes Arkansas's Confederate governor.
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Battle of Cane Hill (November 2012)
Union and Confederate troops fight over twelve miles of the rugged Boston Mountains.
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A Grueling Forced March (December 2012)
Union General Francis Herron's Missouri Division makes a monumental forced march from Springfield to Prairie Grove.
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Opening Moves at Prairie Grove (December 2012)
Both sides suffer heavy casualties at the beginning of the Battle of Prairie Grove.
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Blunt Arrives at Prairie Grove (December 2012)
Union General James Blunt's Kansas Division arrives at Prairie Grove in the nick of time.
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Prairie Grove Casualties (December 2012)
Union and Confederate losses are heavy in the battle of Prairie Grove.
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Raid on Van Buren (December 2012)
The Prairie Grove Campaign ends with a Union push against Van Buren.
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The Blue Wing (December 2012)
The capture of a Union steamboat bodes ill for the Confederates at Arkansas Post.
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Battle of Arkansas Post, Part 1 (January 2013)
Confederate Fort Hindman engages in fierce combat with Union gunboats at Arkansas Post.
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Battle of Arkansas Post, Part 2 (January 2013)
Facing an overwhelming force of Union soldiers, Confederates raise white flags at Arkansas Post.
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Raids Along the White River (January 2013)
Saint Charles faces the brunt of Union raids on towns along the White River.
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Burning of Hopefield (February 2013)
Following attacks on Mississippi River shipping, an Arkansas town is burned.
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Kirby-Smith's Confederacy (February 2013)
A new general is ordered to take command of the Department of the Trans-Mississippi.
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Skirmish at McGrew's Mill (February 2013)
Southwest Arkansas Unionists and deserters meet homeguard troops at McGrew's Mill.
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Hospital or Spy Den? (March 2013)
Union leaders accuse a Confederate hospital at Cane Hill of harboring a den of spies.
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A Change of Commanders (March 2013)
Confederate General Thomas Hindman moves east of the Mississippi, while General Sterling Price returns to the Trans-Mississippi.
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A Raid Up the St. Francis River (March 2013)
Colonel Powell Clayton leads a successful raid up the St. Francis River.
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Resistance to Conscription (March 2013)
Camden merchant John Brown documents efforts to resist conscription into the Confederate army.
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Battle of Fayetteville (April 2013)
Arkansas Confederates fight Arkansas Unionists in the streets of Fayetteville.
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Raising Black Regiments (April 2013)
A speech in Helena precedes the enlistment of the state's first black infantry regiment.
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The Selfridge Ditch (April 2013)
A Union naval officer devises a plan to combat guerrillas on the Mississippi River.
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The Blockade's Result (May 2013)
The Union blockade results in tough decisions by Little Rock's newspapers.
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Retreat to Chalk Bluff (May 2013)
John Sappington Marmaduke saves his Confederate army at Chalk Bluff.
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Trial By Fire (May 2013)
Black Arkansas troops experience their first combat in an expedition down the Mississippi River.
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To Attack Helena (June 2013)
Lt. Gen. Theophilus Holmes devises a plan to relieve pressure on Vicksburg.
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An Earstwhile Rebel (June 2013)
Confederate Col. Edward Gantt finds the grass greener on the Union side of the fence.
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A Once and Future Senator? (June 2013)
A former U.S. Senator considers a return to Congress.
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A Miserable March (June 2013)
Confederate troops find the long march to Helena to be a miserable one.
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Helena's Defenses (July 2013)
The Union garrison at Helena prepares for a Confederate attack.
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Ambiguous Orders (July 2013)
A single word causes fatal confusion for the Confederate attackers at Helena.
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Battle of Helena (July 2013)
Confederate troops attack the Union post at Helena on July 4, 1863.
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Bloody Aftermath at Helena (July 2013)
Heavy casualties at Helena leave a gruesome aftermath.
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A Ride Down Crowley's Ridge (July 2013)
Union cavalrymen from southeast Missouri make the opening moves in the Little Rock Campaign.
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A Hated General (August 2013)
West Point discipline does not sit well with the volunteer soldiers of the Union cavalry.
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A Wretched March (August 2013)
The Union army approaching Little Rock finds marching through east Arkansas to be singularly miserable.
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Malaria in Clarendon (August 2013)
Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele's Union army is tormented by malaria as it occupies Clarendon.
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Battle at Bayou Meto (August 2013)
Confederate troops halt the Union advance on Little Rock in a hard fight at Reed's Bridge on Bayou Meto.
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Return to Fort Smith (September 2013)
Federal troops quietly reclaim Fort Smith for the Union on September 1, 1863.
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Devil's Backbone
A Confederate delaying action has mixed results on Devil's Backbone Ridge.
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Marmaduke-Walker Duel (September 2013)
Two Confederate generals settle their differences with 1851 Navy Colts.
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Battle for Little Rock (September 2013)
Union troops drive Confederate forces from Little Rock and capture the state capital.
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Confederate Morale (September 2013)
Confederate morale hits the doldrums in the wake of their loss of Little Rock.
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Battle Trophy (October 2013)
Dobbins' First Arkansas Cavalry loses its battle flag in a skirmish at Tulip.
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A Farewell to Blunt (October 2013)
The hard-fighting Union General James G. Blunt is relieved of command of the Army of the Frontier.
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Battle of Pine Bluff (October 2013)
Gen. John S. Marmaduke's Confederates attack Col. Powell Clayton's Union cavalry at Pine Bluff on October 25, 1863.
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Fighting for Freedom (October 2013)
African American freedmen play a key role in the Union defense of Pine Bluff on October 25, 1863.
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A Boston Mountain Raid (November 2013)
Marcus LaRue Harrison's Federal troops and William Brooks's Confederates square off in the Rugged Boston Mountains.
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Cotton Controversy (November 2013)
Cotton remains a valuable and controversial commodity in Civil War Arkansas.
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Fortifying Little Rock (November 2013)
After capturing Little Rock, Union troops take steps to defend the capital city.
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Confederate Foragers (November 2013)
Camden merchant John Brown finds the Confederate garrison of Camden every bit as sinister as Yankee troops.
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A Post in Batesville (December 2013)
Union guerrilla fighters establish a garrison in Batesville.
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A Spy Arrested (December 2013)
A Camden teenager is arrested with information on Union troops in Little Rock.
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Guerrillas on the Prairie (December 2013)
A lost wallet leads to an ambush by guerrillas.
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New Years Day 1864 (January 2014)
Arkansas wakes up to record-setting cold temperatures on January 1, 1864.
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David O Dodd (January 2014)
Camden teen-ager and Confederate spy David O. Dodd is hanged in Little Rock.
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Skirmish at Lunenburg (January 2014)
An Izard County skirmish reveals the fratricidal nature of Civil War Arkansas.
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A New Constitution (January 2014)
Unionist delegates meet in Little Rock to draft a new state constitution.
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Disaster at Waugh's Farm (February 2014)
A Union expedition runs into trouble at Waugh's Farm near Batesville.
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Sinking of the U.S.S. Linden (February 2014)
The U.S.S. Linden falls victim to the fickle Arkansas River.
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Third Arkansa Cavalry (February 2014)
A new Arkansas cavalry unit forms to fight Confederate guerrillas.
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Bushwhackers Hanged (March 2014)
A pair of notorious bushwhackers meet justice at the Little Rock Penitentiary.
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An Expedition Begins (March 2014)
Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele marches from Little Rock March 23 on the disastrous Camden Expedition.
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Holmes Relieved (March 2014)
Lt. Gen. Theophilus Holmes relinquishes command of Confederate Arkansas.
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Unionist Elections (March 2014)
A Unionist goverment is elected in a questionable polling.
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An Editor Exiled (March 2014)
Arkansas Gazette founder William E. Woodruff is exiled from Little Rock.
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'Hard Little Fight' at Fitzhugh's Woods (April 2014)
Confederate cavalry attack Minnesota and Missouri troops in Woodruff County.
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Camden Occupied (April 2014)
Gen. Frederick Steele's Union army seeks supplies in Camden.
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Disastrous Battles (April 2014)
Union troops lose disastrous battles at Poison Spring and Marks' Mills.
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Racial Atrocities in the Camden Expedition (April 2014)
Both Confederate and Union soldiers show no mercy in Camden Expedition battles.
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Jenkins' Ferry (April 2014)
Steele's army fights a desperate rear-guard action on the Saline River.
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Camden Campaign Ends (May 2014)
Union General Frederick Steele's battered army returns to Little Rock.
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Selecting Senators (May 2014)
Arkansas legislators struggle to elect two United States Senators.
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Shelby Heads North (May 2014)
Confederate J.O. Shelby crosses the Arkansas River to wreak havoc with Union forces.
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Battle of Ditch Bayou (June 2014)
Confederate troops win a one-sided victory in Chicot County.
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Chasing Buck Brown (June 2014)
A daring Confederate guerrilla makes a raid in northwest Arkansas.
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Queen City (June 2014)
The only Union warship lost to Confederate fire in Civil War Arkansas is sunk at Clarendon.
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Shelby Gains Control (June 2014)
Confederate Gen. J.O. Shelby deals with bands of deserters and outlaws in northeast Arkansas.
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Battle at Big Creek (July 2014)
United States Colored Troops battle Confederate cavalry on Big Creek near Helena.
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Disaster at Des Arc Bayou (July 2014)
Confederate cavalry smash a Union contingent in White County.
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Massard Prairie (July 2014)
The Sixth Kansas Cavalry suffers a major loss south of Fort Smith.
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The Fate of Bushwhackers (July 2014)
Four young Confederate bushwhackers meet justice in Fort Smith.
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Battle on the Grand Prairie (August 2014)
Confederate General J.O. Shelby destroys Union hay-cutting operations on the Grand Prairie.
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Plantation Raids (August 2014)
Confederate Col. Archibald Dobbins leads devastating raids on Union-leased plantations outside of Helena.
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Sinking of the J.H. Miller (August 2014)
Three teen-aged Rebel cavalrymen capture and burn a Union transport vessel.
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Arkansas Union Militia (September 2014)
Arkansas Unionists young and old are entered into militia units in Little Rock and Fort Smith.
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Price's Raid (September 2014)
Confederate General Sterling Price leads 12,000 men on a star-crossed raid into Missouri.
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Prince John Magruder (September 2014)
Confederate Arkansas receives a flamboyant new commander.
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Dueling Elections (October 2014)
Confederate and Union Arkansas hold elections for the state General Assembly.
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Medal of Honor (October 2014)
Congress honors a Union cavalryman serving in Arkansas.
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Plundering Pike's Home (October 2014)
Union troops loot the Little Rock home of a Confederate general.
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