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.


SM Podcast Episode 001 - Commemorating the Civil War SM Podcast Episode 001 - Commemorating the Civil War (940 KB)

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Minutes will mark highlights of the Civil War in Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 002 - A Political Crisis SM Podcast Episode 002 - A Political Crisis (946 KB)

The election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. President divides the people of Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 003 - The Arsenal Crisis SM Podcast Episode 003 - The Arsenal Crisis (942 KB)

The first fighting of the war could have taken place in Little Rock.

SM Podcast Episode 004 - A Secession Convention SM Podcast Episode 004 - A Secession Convention (942 KB)

The people of Arkansas vote on whether to hold a convention about staying in the Union.

SM Podcast Episode 005 - Arkansas's Free and Slave Population, 1860 SM Podcast Episode 005 - Arkansas's Free and Slave Population, 1860 (938 KB)

More than 25 percent of the state's population in 1860 consists of enslaved people.

SM Podcast Episode 006 - Delegates gather for the secession convention SM Podcast Episode 006 - Delegates gather for the secession convention (938 KB)

Delegates from around Arkansas gather in Little Rock to debate whether to leave the Union.

SM Podcast Episode 007 - The First Secession Vote SM Podcast Episode 007 - The First Secession Vote (938 KB)

A majority of secession convention delegates votes to remain in the Union.

SM Podcast Episode 008 - Fort Sumter Attacked SM Podcast Episode 008 - Fort Sumter Attacked (938 KB)

The Confederate attack on Fort Sumter brings the secession issue to a critical stage.

SM Podcast Episode 009 - Fort Smith Seized SM Podcast Episode 009 - Fort Smith Seized (942 KB)

Arkansas militiamen go to seize Fort Smith, only to find the post abandoned.

SM Podcast Episode 010 - Should the Convention Reconvene SM Podcast Episode 010 - Should the Convention Reconvene (938 KB)

Arkansas Secession Convention Chairman David Walker faces a difficult decision.

SM Podcast Episode 011 - The Secession Vote SM Podcast Episode 011 - The Secession Vote (471 KB)

Arkansas's Secession Convention chooses to join the Southern Confederacy.

SM Podcast Episode 012 - Presenting Bold Banners SM Podcast Episode 012 - Presenting Bold Banners (471 KB)

As volunteer companies prepare for war, women present them with flags.

SM Podcast Episode 013 - A Clark County Volunteer SM Podcast Episode 013 - A Clark County Volunteer (471 KB)

A young volunteer from Arkadelphia prepares for war.

SM Podcast Episode 014 - Training in North Arkansas SM Podcast Episode 014 - Training in North Arkansas (935 KB)

Confederate recruits begin receiving their military training at camps in northern Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 015 - An Unseen Enemy - Disease SM Podcast Episode 015 - An Unseen Enemy - Disease (936 KB)

Confederate military camps are swept by epidemics of deadly diseases.

SM Podcast Episode 016 - Training With Hardee SM Podcast Episode 016 - Training With Hardee (937 KB)

General William Joseph Hardee trains raw recruits to become seasoned soldiers.

SM Podcast Episode 017 - McCulloch Enters Missouri SM Podcast Episode 017 - McCulloch Enters Missouri (938 KB)

Ben McCulloch's troops enter Missouri to aid Sterling Price's Missouri State Guard.

SM Podcast Episode 018 - An Offer to Recruit Slaves SM Podcast Episode 018 - An Offer to Recruit Slaves (938 KB)

A Helena planter offers to recruit a regiment of slaves to fight for the Confederacy.

SM Podcast Episode 019 - Henry Morton Stanley CSA SM Podcast Episode 019 - Henry Morton Stanley CSA (938 KB)

A reluctant Arkansas recruit will later gain fame in Africa.

SM Podcast Episode 020 - Surprise Attack at Wilson's Creek SM Podcast Episode 020 - Surprise Attack at Wilson's Creek (471 KB)

Confederate General Ben McCulloch's army is surprised by a dawn attack on August 10, 2011

SM Podcast Episode 021 - Turning the Tide at Wilsons Creek SM Podcast Episode 021 - Turning the Tide at Wilsons Creek (471 KB)

Confederate troops rally and drive off Union attackers at Wilson's Creek, Missouri.

SM Podcast Episode 022 - A Costly Victory SM Podcast Episode 022 - A Costly Victory (471 KB)

Approximately one-third of the Confederate casualties at Wilson's Creek were in Arkansas units.

SM Podcast Episode 023 - A Choice for the Troops SM Podcast Episode 023 - A Choice for the Troops (471 KB)

After the battle of Wilson's Creek, Arkansas State Troops have a decision to make.

SM Podcast Episode 024 - The Parsons Regiment SM Podcast Episode 024 - The Parsons Regiment (471 KB)

One regiment of Arkansas soldiers had a leaning toward divinity.

SM Podcast Episode 025 - Salt for the Soldiers SM Podcast Episode 025 - Salt for the Soldiers (471 KB)

As commerce with the North ended, Arkansians began looking toward their own resources.

SM Podcast Episode 026 - Pike's Indian Territory Negotiations SM Podcast Episode 026 - Pike's Indian Territory Negotiations (471 KB)

Arkansas's Albert Pike executes treaties between the Confederate government and tribes in the Indian Territory.

SM Podcast Episode 027 - Prison Industry SM Podcast Episode 027 - Prison Industry (471 KB)

Confederate officials turn to an unusual source for supplies for their troops.

SM Podcast Episode 028 - Third Arkansas's Trial by Fire SM Podcast Episode 028 - Third Arkansas's Trial by Fire (472 KB)

The Third Arkansas Infantry faces its trial by fire in West Virginia.

SM Podcast Episode 029 - Arkansas Peace Society SM Podcast Episode 029 - Arkansas Peace Society (938 KB)

Confederate authorities discover a secret society of Union sympathizers in northern Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 030 - Peace Society Members Arrested SM Podcast Episode 030 - Peace Society Members Arrested (938 KB)

Governor Henry Rector ponders the fate of Arkansas Peace Society members.

SM Podcast Episode 031 - General Patrick Cleburne SM Podcast Episode 031 - General Patrick Cleburne (938 KB)

Helena's Patrick Cleburne is promoted to brigadier general -- or is he?

SM Podcast Episode 032 - A Challenge to a Duel SM Podcast Episode 032 - A Challenge to a Duel (938 KB)

Angry words fly between the state's Adjutant General and the editor of the Arkansas Gazette.

SM Podcast Episode 033 - Peace Society Chain Gang SM Podcast Episode 033 - Peace Society Chain Gang (938 KB)

Members of the Arkansas Peace Society are marched to Little Rock bound in logging chains.

SM Podcast Episode 034 - Reluctant Confederates SM Podcast Episode 034 - Reluctant Confederates (938 KB)

Arkansas Peace Society Members are given a choice: Enlist or go to prison.

SM Podcast Episode 035 - Expedition to the Indian Territory SM Podcast Episode 035 - Expedition to the Indian Territory (938 KB)

Troops from Arkansas pursue Native American Unionists in the Indian Territory.

SM Podcast Episode 036 - John Brown's Diary SM Podcast Episode 036 - John Brown's Diary (938 KB)

Camden merchant John Brown ruminates on Arkansas's fate on New Year's Day, 1862.

SM Podcast Episode 037 - Memphis To Little Rock Railroad SM Podcast Episode 037 - Memphis To Little Rock Railroad (938 KB)

The most important Civil War railroad in Arkansas is dedicated.

SM Podcast Episode 038 - Van Dorn Takes Command SM Podcast Episode 038 - Van Dorn Takes Command (938 KB)

Confederate General Earl Van Dorn takes command of Rebel forces in Arkansas.

SM podcast Episode 039 - A Runaway Slave SM podcast Episode 039 - A Runaway Slave (938 KB)

An Arkansas Gazette advertisement seeks a man seeking his freedom.

SM Podcast Episode 040 - First Fighting in Arkansas SM Podcast Episode 040 - First Fighting in Arkansas (938 KB)

The First Missouri Cavalry Regiments, U.S. and C.S., shed the first blood in Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 041 - Action at Dunagin's Farm SM Podcast Episode 041 - Action at Dunagin's Farm (938 KB)

Union and Confederate troops square off against each other at Dunagin's Farm in Benton County.

SM Podcast Episode 042 - The Sack of Fayetteville SM Podcast Episode 042 - The Sack of Fayetteville (938 KB)

Confederate troops grab more than supplies when passing through Fayetteville.

SM Podcast Episode 043 - March to Pea Ridge SM Podcast Episode 043 - March to Pea Ridge (938 KB)

Earl Van Dorn's Confederate Army of the West marches through the Boston Mountains to Pea Ridge.

SM Podcast Episode 044 - An Interrupted Breakfast SM Podcast Episode 044 - An Interrupted Breakfast (938 KB)

Union General Franz Sigel's breaksfast in Bentonville is interrupted -- by the Confederate army.

SM Podcast Episode 045 - Fighting at Leetown SM Podcast Episode 045 - Fighting at Leetown (938 KB)

Two Confederate generals lose their lives to Union skirmishers.

SM Podcast Episode 046 - Fighting at Elkhorn Tavern SM Podcast Episode 046 - Fighting at Elkhorn Tavern (938 KB)

Savage fighting at Elkhorn Tavern on Pea Ridge.

SM Podcast Episode 047 - Curtis's Assault SM Podcast Episode 047 - Curtis's Assault (938 KB)

Union General Samuel Curtis's Army of the Southwest takes the battle to the Confederates at Pea Ridge.

SM Podcast Episode 048 - A Disastrous Retreat SM Podcast Episode 048 - A Disastrous Retreat (938 KB)

The Confederate Army of the West faces a daunting retreat through north Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 049 - Arkansas Abandoned SM Podcast Episode 049 - Arkansas Abandoned (938 KB)

Confederate Gen. Earl Van Dorn takes his army east of the Mississippi, along with everything else.

SM Podcast Episode 051 - A City of Hospitals SM Podcast Episode 051 - A City of Hospitals (938 KB)

Little Rock becomes a city of hospitals as casualties of Pea Ridge and Shiloh inundate the Arkansas capital.

SM Podcast Episode 052 - Secession Threat SM Podcast Episode 052 - Secession Threat (938 KB)

Arkansas Governor Henry Rector threatens to secede ... from the Confederacy!

SM Podcast Episode 053 - Curtis Returns SM Podcast Episode 053 - Curtis Returns (938 KB)

Union General Samuel Curtis and his Army of the Southwest returns to Arkansas and threatens Little Rock.

SM Podcast Episode 054 - Fight at Chalk Bluff SM Podcast Episode 054 - Fight at Chalk Bluff (938 KB)

A sharp skirmish is the first of many at this northeast Arkansas river crossing.

SM Podcast Episode 055 - Whitney's Lane SM Podcast Episode 055 - Whitney's Lane (938 KB)

A bitter battle yields Arkansas's first war crimes.

SM Podcast Episode 056 - Hindman Takes Command SM Podcast Episode 056 - Hindman Takes Command (938 KB)

Thomas Carmichael Hindman seeks to reverse Confederate fortunes in Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 057 - Union Army Lives Off The Land SM Podcast Episode 057 - Union Army Lives Off The Land (938 KB)

The Union Army of the Southwest cuts its supply line to Missouri and lives of the land in eastern Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 058 - General Orders 17 SM Podcast Episode 058 - General Orders 17 (938 KB)

Confederate General Thomas Hindman issues an order that will have far-reaching consequences.

SM Podcast Episode 059 - Fortifying Saint Charles SM Podcast Episode 059 - Fortifying Saint Charles (938 KB)

Confederate troops place cannon at Saint Charles to block a Union flotilla on the White River.

SM Podcast Episode 060 - The Deadliest Shot of the Civil War SM Podcast Episode 060 - The Deadliest Shot of the Civil War (938 KB)

A Confederate shell brings disaster to the crew of the U.S.S. Mound City.

SM Podcast Episode 061 - First Arkansas Cavalry US SM Podcast Episode 061 - First Arkansas Cavalry US (938 KB)

The first elements of what would become a crack Union guerrilla-huning regiment are recruited.

SM Podcast Episode 062 - A General Resigns SM Podcast Episode 062 - A General Resigns (938 KB)

Confederate General Albert Pike resigns his commission and retires to Greasy Cove.

SM Podcast Episode 063 - Fighting at Hill's Plantation SM Podcast Episode 063 - Fighting at Hill's Plantation (938 KB)

An attempt to halt the Union Army of the Southwest near Cotton Plant fails.

SM Podcast Episode 064 - A Deadly Camp SM Podcast Episode 064 - A Deadly Camp (938 KB)

Deadly diseases await Confederate soldiers in southwest Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 065 - Skirmish at Orient Ferry SM Podcast Episode 065 - Skirmish at Orient Ferry (938 KB)

Texas Rebels and Kansas Yankees fight a savage skirmish in northeast Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 066 - The First Emancipations SM Podcast Episode 066 - The First Emancipations (938 KB)

Union General Samuel Curtis frees Arkansas slaves months before the Emancipation Proclamation is announced.

SM Podcast Episode 067 - Danley and Johnson, Ex Parte SM Podcast Episode 067 - Danley and Johnson, Ex Parte (938 KB)

A Supreme Court decision shakes up the politicial situation in Confederate Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 068 - Building Fort Curtis SM Podcast Episode 068 - Building Fort Curtis (938 KB)

Construction begins on the main Federal defensive position in Helena.

SM Podcast Episode 069 - Holmes Takes Command SM Podcast Episode 069 - Holmes Takes Command (938 KB)

Theophilus Holmes takes command of Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi.

SM Podcast Episode 070 - Skirmish at Jonesboro SM Podcast Episode 070 - Skirmish at Jonesboro (938 KB)

Confederate and Union cavalry battle on the steps of the Craighead County Courthouse.

SM Podcast Episode 071 - Building Fort Hindman SM Podcast Episode 071 - Building Fort Hindman (938 KB)

Confederate forces begin fortifying the approaches to Little Rock on the Arkansas River.

SM Podcast Episode 072 - Commandeering Confederates SM Podcast Episode 072 - Commandeering Confederates (938 KB)

Confederate General Thomas Hindman builds an army -- a hungry army.

SM Podcast Episode 073 - Hindman Invades Missouri SM Podcast Episode 073 - Hindman Invades Missouri (938 KB)

A small Confederate army establishes a foothold in southwestern Missouri.

SM Podcast Episode 074 - A Richmond Apology SM Podcast Episode 074 - A Richmond Apology (938 KB)

Confederate President Jefferson Davis issues an apology to the governors of the Trans-Mississippi.

SM Podcast Episode 075 - A Future Governor Wounded SM Podcast Episode 075 - A Future Governor Wounded (938 KB)

Among the hundreds of Arkansas soldiers wounded in the battle of Corinth, Mississippi, is a future governor of the state.

SM Podcast Episode 076 - Army of the Frontier SM Podcast Episode 076 - Army of the Frontier (938 KB)

Federal forces in southwest Missouri are reorganized to form the Army of the Frontier.

SM Podcast Episode 077 - Camp Nelson SM Podcast Episode 077 - Camp Nelson (938 KB)

Disease ravages a Confederate camp outside of Little Rock

SM Podcast Episode 078 - A Failed Expedition SM Podcast Episode 078 - A Failed Expedition (938 KB)

A Union raid on the Confederate base at Arkansas Post comes to a soggy conclusion.

SM Podcast Episode 079 - Governor Flanagin SM Podcast Episode 079 - Governor Flanagin (938 KB)

The colonel of the Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles becomes Arkansas's Confederate governor.

SM Podcast Episode 080 - Battle of Cane Hill SM Podcast Episode 080 - Battle of Cane Hill (938 KB)

Union and Confederate troops fight over twelve miles of the rugged Boston Mountains.

SM Podcast Episode 081 - A Grueling Forced March SM Podcast Episode 081 - A Grueling Forced March (938 KB)

Union General Francis Herron's Missouri Division makes a monumental forced march from Springfield to Prairie Grove.

SM Podcast Episode 082 - Opening Moves at Prairie Grove SM Podcast Episode 082 - Opening Moves at Prairie Grove (938 KB)

Both sides suffer heavy casualties at the beginning of the Battle of Prairie Grove.

SM Podcast Episode 083 - Blunt Arrives at Prairie Grove SM Podcast Episode 083 - Blunt Arrives at Prairie Grove (938 KB)

Union General James Blunt's Kansas Division arrives at Prairie Grove in the nick of time.

SM Podcast Episode 084 - Prairie Grove Casualties SM Podcast Episode 084 - Prairie Grove Casualties (938 KB)

Union and Confederate losses are heavy in the battle of Prairie Grove.

SM Podcast Episode 085 - Raid on Van Buren SM Podcast Episode 085 - Raid on Van Buren (938 KB)

The Prairie Grove Campaign ends with a Union push against Van Buren.

Sm Podcast Episode 086 - The Blue Wing Sm Podcast Episode 086 - The Blue Wing (938 KB)

The capture of a Union steamboat bodes ill for the Confederates at Arkansas Post

SM Podcast Episode 087 - Battle of Arkansas Post, Part 1 SM Podcast Episode 087 - Battle of Arkansas Post, Part 1 (938 KB)

Confederate Fort Hindman engages in fierce combat with Union gunboats at Arkansas Post.

SM Podcast Episode 088 - Battle of Arkansas Post, Part 2 SM Podcast Episode 088 - Battle of Arkansas Post, Part 2 (938 KB)

Facing an overwhelming force of Union soldiers, Confederates raise white flags at Arkansas Post.

SM Podcast Episode 089 - Raids Along the White River SM Podcast Episode 089 - Raids Along the White River (938 KB)

Saint Charles faces the brunt of Union raids on towns along the White River.

SM Podcast Episode 090 - Burning of Hopefield SM Podcast Episode 090 - Burning of Hopefield (938 KB)

Following attacks on Mississippi River shipping, an Arkansas town is burned.

SM Podcast Episode 091 - Kirby-Smith's Confederacy SM Podcast Episode 091 - Kirby-Smith's Confederacy (938 KB)

A new general is ordered to take command of the Department of the Trans-Mississippi.

SM Podcast Episode 092 - Skirmish at McGrew's Mill SM Podcast Episode 092 - Skirmish at McGrew's Mill (938 KB)

Southwest Arkansas Unionists and deserters meet homeguard troops at McGrew's Mill.

SM Podcast Episode 093 - Hospital or Spy Den SM Podcast Episode 093 - Hospital or Spy Den (469 KB)

Union leaders accuse a Confederate hospital at Cane Hill of harboring a den of spies.

SM Podcast Episode 094 - A Change of Commanders SM Podcast Episode 094 - A Change of Commanders (469 KB)

Confederate General Thomas Hindman moves east of the Mississippi, while General Sterling Price returns to the Trans-Mississippi.

SM Podcast Episode 095 - A Raid Up the St Francis River SM Podcast Episode 095 - A Raid Up the St Francis River (469 KB)

Colonel Powell Clayton leads a successful raid up the St. Francis River.

SM Podcast Episode 096 - Resistance to Conscription SM Podcast Episode 096 - Resistance to Conscription (469 KB)

Camden merchant John Brown documents efforts to resist conscription into the Confederate army.

SM Podcast Episode 097 - Battle of Fayetteville SM Podcast Episode 097 - Battle of Fayetteville (469 KB)

Arkansas Confederates fight Arkansas Unionists in the streets of Fayetteville.

SM Podcast Episode 098 - Raising Black Regiments SM Podcast Episode 098 - Raising Black Regiments (469 KB)

A speech in Helena precedes the enlistment of the state's first black infantry regiment.

SM Podcast Episode 099 - The Selfridge Ditch SM Podcast Episode 099 - The Selfridge Ditch (469 KB)

A Union naval officer devises a plan to combat guerrillas on the Mississippi River.

SM Podcast Episode 100 - The Blockade's Result SM Podcast Episode 100 - The Blockade's Result (469 KB)

The Union blockade results in tough decisions by Little Rock's newspapers.

SM Podcast Episode 101 - Retreat to Chalk Bluff SM Podcast Episode 101 - Retreat to Chalk Bluff (469 KB)

John Sappington Marmaduke saves his Confederate army at Chalk Bluff.

SM Podcast Episode 102 - Trial By Fire SM Podcast Episode 102 - Trial By Fire (469 KB)

Black Arkansas troops experience their first combat in an expedition down the Mississippi River.

SM Podcast Episode 103 - To Attack Helena SM Podcast Episode 103 - To Attack Helena (469 KB)

Lt. Gen. Theophilus Holmes devises a plan to relieve pressure on Vicksburg.

SM Podcast Episode 104 - An Earstwhile Rebel SM Podcast Episode 104 - An Earstwhile Rebel (469 KB)

Confederate Col. Edward Gantt finds the grass greener on the Union side of the fence.

SM Podcast Episode 105 - A Once and Future Senator SM Podcast Episode 105 - A Once and Future Senator (469 KB)

A former U.S. Senator considers a return to Congress.

SM Podcast Episode 106 - A Miserable March SM Podcast Episode 106 - A Miserable March (469 KB)

Confederate troops find the long march to Helena to be a miserable one.

SM Podcast Episode 107 - Helena's Defenses SM Podcast Episode 107 - Helena's Defenses (469 KB)

The Union garrison at Helena prepares for a Confederate attack.

Sm Podcast Episode 108 - Ambiguous Orders Sm Podcast Episode 108 - Ambiguous Orders (469 KB)

A single word causes fatal confusion for the Confederate attackers at Helena.

SM Podcast Episode 109 - Battle of Helena SM Podcast Episode 109 - Battle of Helena (469 KB)

Confederate troops attack the Union post at Helena on July 4, 1863.

SM Podcast Episode 110 - Bloody Aftermath at Helena SM Podcast Episode 110 - Bloody Aftermath at Helena (469 KB)

Heavy casualties at Helena leave a gruesome aftermath.

SM Podcast Episode 111 - A Ride Down Crowley's Ridge SM Podcast Episode 111 - A Ride Down Crowley's Ridge (469 KB)

Union cavalrymen from southeast Missouri make the opening moves in the Little Rock Campaign.

SM Podcast Episode 112 - A Hated General SM Podcast Episode 112 - A Hated General (469 KB)

West Point discipline does not sit well with the volunteer soldiers of the Union cavalry.

SM Podcast Episode 113 - A Wretched March SM Podcast Episode 113 - A Wretched March (469 KB)

The Union army approaching Little Rock finds marching through east Arkansas to be singularly miserable.

SM Podcast Episode 114 - Malaria in Clarendon SM Podcast Episode 114 - Malaria in Clarendon (469 KB)

Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele's Union army is tormented by malaria as it occupies Clarendon.

SM Podcast Episode 115 - Battle at Bayou Meto SM Podcast Episode 115 - Battle at Bayou Meto (469 KB)

Confederate troops halt the Union advance on Little Rock in a hard fight at Reed's Bridge on Bayou Meto.

SM Podcast Episode 116 - Return to Fort Smith SM Podcast Episode 116 - Return to Fort Smith (469 KB)

Federal troops quietly reclaim Fort Smith for the Union on September 1, 1863.

SM Podcast Episode 117 - Devil's Backbone SM Podcast Episode 117 - Devil's Backbone (469 KB)

A Confederate delaying action has mixed results on Devil's Backbone Ridge.

SM Podcast Episode 118 - Marmaduke-Walker Duel SM Podcast Episode 118 - Marmaduke-Walker Duel (469 KB)

Two Confederate generals settle their differences with 1851 Navy Colts.

SM Podcast Episode 119 - Battle for Little Rock SM Podcast Episode 119 - Battle for Little Rock (469 KB)

Union troops drive Confederate forces from Little Rock and capture the state capital.

SM Podcast Episode 120 - Confederate Morale SM Podcast Episode 120 - Confederate Morale (469 KB)

Confederate morale hits the doldrums in the wake of their loss of Little Rock.

SM Podcast Episode 121 - Battle Trophy SM Podcast Episode 121 - Battle Trophy (469 KB)

Dobbins' First Arkansas Cavalry loses its battle flag in a skirmish at Tulip.

SM Podcast Episode 122 - A Farewell to Blunt SM Podcast Episode 122 - A Farewell to Blunt (469 KB)

The hard-fighting Union General James G. Blunt is relieved of command of the Army of the Frontier.

SM Podcast Episode 123 - Battle of Pine Bluff SM Podcast Episode 123 - Battle of Pine Bluff (0 KB)

Gen. John S. Marmaduke's Confederates attack Col. Powell Clayton's Union cavalry at Pine Bluff on October 25, 1863.

SM Podcast Episode 124 - Fighting for Freedom SM Podcast Episode 124 - Fighting for Freedom (469 KB)

African American freedmen play a key role in the Union defense of Pine Bluff on October 25, 1863.

SM Podcast Episode 125 - A Boston Mountain Raid SM Podcast Episode 125 - A Boston Mountain Raid (469 KB)

Marcus LaRue Harrison's Federal troops and William Brooks's Confederates square off in the Rugged Boston Mountains.

SM Podcast Episode 126 - Cotton Controversy SM Podcast Episode 126 - Cotton Controversy (469 KB)

Cotton remains a valuable and controversial commodity in Civil War Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 127 - Fortifying Little Rock SM Podcast Episode 127 - Fortifying Little Rock (469 KB)

After capturing Little Rock, Union troops take steps to defend the capital city.

SM Podcast Episode 128 - Confederate Foragers SM Podcast Episode 128 - Confederate Foragers (469 KB)

Camden merchant John Brown finds the Confederate garrison of Camden every bit as sinister as Yankee troops.

SM Podcast Episode 129 - A Post in Batesville SM Podcast Episode 129 - A Post in Batesville (469 KB)

Union guerrilla fighters establish a garrison in Batesville.

SM Podcast Episode 130 - A Spy Arrested SM Podcast Episode 130 - A Spy Arrested (469 KB)

A Camden teenager is arrested with information on Union troops in Little Rock.

SM Podcast Episode 131 - Guerrillas on the Prairie SM Podcast Episode 131 - Guerrillas on the Prairie (469 KB)

A lost wallet leads to an ambush by guerrillas.

SM Podcast Episode 132 - New Years Day 1864 SM Podcast Episode 132 - New Years Day 1864 (469 KB)

Arkansas wakes up to record-setting cold temperatures on January 1, 1864.

SM Podcast Episode 133 - David O Dodd SM Podcast Episode 133 - David O Dodd (469 KB)

Camden teen-ager and Confederate spy David O. Dodd is hanged in Little Rock.

SM Podcast Episode 134 - Skirmish at Lunenburg SM Podcast Episode 134 - Skirmish at Lunenburg (469 KB)

An Izard County skirmish reveals the fratricidal nature of Civil War Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 135 - A New Constitution SM Podcast Episode 135 - A New Constitution (469 KB)

Unionist delegates meet in Little Rock to draft a new state constitution.

SM Podcast Episode 136 - Disaster at Waugh's Farm SM Podcast Episode 136 - Disaster at Waugh's Farm (469 KB)

A Union expedition runs into trouble at Waugh's Farm near Batesville.

SM Podcast Episode 137 - Sinking of the USS Linden SM Podcast Episode 137 - Sinking of the USS Linden (469 KB)

The U.S.S. Linden falls victim to the fickle Arkansas River.

Sm Podcast Episode 138 - Third Arkansaw Cavalry Sm Podcast Episode 138 - Third Arkansaw Cavalry (469 KB)

A new Arkansas cavalry unit forms to fight Confederate guerrillas.

SM Podcast Episode 139 - Bushwhackers Hanged SM Podcast Episode 139 - Bushwhackers Hanged (469 KB)

A pair of notorious bushwhackers meet justice at the Little Rock Penitentiary.

SM Podcast Episode 140 - An Expedition Begins SM Podcast Episode 140 - An Expedition Begins (469 KB)

Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele marches from Little Rock March 23 on the disastrous Camden Expedition.

SM Podcast Episode 141 - Holmes Relieved SM Podcast Episode 141 - Holmes Relieved (469 KB)

Lt. Gen. Theophilus Holmes relinquishes command of Confederate Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 142 - Unionist Elections SM Podcast Episode 142 - Unionist Elections (469 KB)

A Unionist goverment is elected in a questionable polling.

SM Podcast Episode 143 - An Editor Exiled SM Podcast Episode 143 - An Editor Exiled (469 KB)

Arkansas Gazette founder William E. Woodruff is exiled from Little Rock.

SM Podcast Episode 144 - 'Hard Little Fight' at Fitzhugh's Woods SM Podcast Episode 144 - 'Hard Little Fight' at Fitzhugh's Woods (469 KB)

Confederate cavalry attack Minnesota and Missouri troops in Woodruff County.

SM Podcast Episode 145 - Camden Occupied SM Podcast Episode 145 - Camden Occupied (469 KB)

Gen. Frederick Steele's Union army seeks supplies in Camden.

SM Podcast Episode 146 - Disastrous Battles SM Podcast Episode 146 - Disastrous Battles (469 KB)

Union troops lose disastrous battles at Poison Spring and Marks' Mills.

SM Podcast Episode 147 - Racial Atrocities in the Camden Expedition SM Podcast Episode 147 - Racial Atrocities in the Camden Expedition (469 KB)

Both Confederate and Union soldiers show no mercy in Camden Expedition battles.

SM Podcast Episode 148 - Jenkins' Ferry SM Podcast Episode 148 - Jenkins' Ferry (469 KB)

Steele's army fights a desperate rear-guard action on the Saline River.

SM Podcast Episode 149 - Camden Campaign Ends SM Podcast Episode 149 - Camden Campaign Ends (469 KB)

Union General Frederick Steele's battered army returns to Little Rock.

SM Podcast Episode 150 - Selecting Senators SM Podcast Episode 150 - Selecting Senators (469 KB)

Arkansas legislators struggle to elect two United States Senators.

SM Podcast Episode 151 - Shelby Heads North SM Podcast Episode 151 - Shelby Heads North (469 KB)

Confederate J.O. Shelby crosses the Arkansas River to wreak havoc with Union forces.

SM Podcast Episode 152 - Battle of Ditch Bayou SM Podcast Episode 152 - Battle of Ditch Bayou (469 KB)

Confederate troops win a one-sided victory in Chicot County.

SM Podcast Episode 153 - Chasing Buck Brown SM Podcast Episode 153 - Chasing Buck Brown (469 KB)

A daring Confederate guerrilla makes a raid in northwest Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 154 - Queen City SM Podcast Episode 154 - Queen City (469 KB)

The only Union warship lost to Confederate fire in Civil War Arkansas is sunk at Clarendon.

SM Podcast Episode 155 - Shelby Gains Control SM Podcast Episode 155 - Shelby Gains Control (469 KB)

Confederate Gen. J.O. Shelby deals with bands of deserters and outlaws in northeast Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 156 - Battle at Big Creek SM Podcast Episode 156 - Battle at Big Creek (469 KB)

United States Colored Troops battle Confederate cavalry on Big Creek near Helena.

SM Podcast Episode 157 - Disaster at Des Arc Bayou SM Podcast Episode 157 - Disaster at Des Arc Bayou (0 KB)

Confederate cavalry smash a Union contingent in White County.

SM Podcast Episode 158 - Massard Prairie SM Podcast Episode 158 - Massard Prairie (469 KB)

The Sixth Kansas Cavalry suffers a major loss south of Fort Smith.

SM Podcast Episode 159 - The Fate of Bushwhackers SM Podcast Episode 159 - The Fate of Bushwhackers (469 KB)

Four young Confederate bushwhackers meet justice in Fort Smith.

SM Podcast Episode 160 - Battle on the Grand Prairie SM Podcast Episode 160 - Battle on the Grand Prairie (234 KB)

Confederate General J.O. Shelby destroys Union hay-cutting operations on the Grand Prairie.

SM Podcast Episode 161 - Plantation Raids SM Podcast Episode 161 - Plantation Raids (234 KB)

Confederate Col. Archibald Dobbins leads devastating raids on Union-leased plantations outside of Helena.

SM Podcast Episode 162 - Sinking of the JH Miller SM Podcast Episode 162 - Sinking of the JH Miller (234 KB)

Three teen-aged Rebel cavalrymen capture and burn a Union transport vessel.

SM Podcast Episode 163 - Arkansas Union Militia SM Podcast Episode 163 - Arkansas Union Militia (1173 KB)

Arkansas Unionists young and old are entered into militia units in Little Rock and Fort Smith.

SM Podcast Episode 164 - Price's Raid SM Podcast Episode 164 - Price's Raid (1173 KB)

Confederate General Sterling Price leads 12,000 men on a star-crossed raid into Missouri.

SM Podcast Episode 165 - Prince John Magruder SM Podcast Episode 165 - Prince John Magruder (1173 KB)

Confederate Arkansas receives a flamboyant new commander.

SM Podcast Episode 166 - Dueling Elections SM Podcast Episode 166 - Dueling Elections (1173 KB)

Confederate and Union Arkansas hold elections for the state General Assembly.

SM Podcast Episode 167 - Medal of Honor SM Podcast Episode 167 - Medal of Honor (1173 KB)

Congress honors a Union cavalryman serving in Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 168 - Plundering Pike's Home SM Podcast Episode 168 - Plundering Pike's Home (1173 KB)

Union troops loot the Little Rock home of a Confederate general.

SM Podcast Episode 169 - Farewell to Steele SM Podcast Episode 169 - Farewell to Steele (1173 KB)

Union General Frederick Steele is relieved from command of the Seventh Army Corps.

SM Podcast Episode 170 - Fort Lincoln SM Podcast Episode 170 - Fort Lincoln (1173 KB)

A DeValls Bluff fortification gets a special designation.

SM Podcast Episode 171 - Second Battle of Fayetteville SM Podcast Episode 171 - Second Battle of Fayetteville (1173 KB)

Confederates attack Fayetteville as Price's army retreats from Missouri.

SM Podcast Episode 172 -- Death of a General SM Podcast Episode 172 -- Death of a General (1173 KB)

General Patrick Cleburne is among the many Arkansawyers killed at the Battle of Franklin.

SM Podcast Episode 173 -- Price's Raid Ends SM Podcast Episode 173 -- Price's Raid Ends (1173 KB)

Sterling Price's broken Confederate army limps back into Arkansas after a disastrous raid.

SM Podcast Episode 174 -- Cross-Dressing Guerrilla SM Podcast Episode 174 -- Cross-Dressing Guerrilla (1173 KB)

Confederate guerrilla Howell "Doc" Rayburn pulls a fast one in DeValls Bluff.

SM Podcast Episode 175 - Fort Smith Abandoned SM Podcast Episode 175 - Fort Smith Abandoned (1173 KB)

The Union garrison at Fort Smith is ordered to abandon the post.

SM Podcast Episode 176 - The Last Offensive SM Podcast Episode 176 - The Last Offensive (1173 KB)

Confederate troops attack the Arkansas River line in their last offensive of the war.

SM Podcast Episode 177 - Bad Rations SM Podcast Episode 177 - Bad Rations (1173 KB)

The rations issued to Arkansas's Confederate troops are less than desirable.

SM Podcast Episode 179 - Death of a Scout SM Podcast Episode 179 - Death of a Scout (1173 KB)

The death of Union scout Jeff Williams ignites a family vendetta.

SM Podcast Episode 180 - Arkansas Valley Farm Colonies SM Podcast Episode 180 - Arkansas Valley Farm Colonies (1173 KB)

Unionist farmers in the western Arkansas River Valley band together to grow food and defend themselves.

SM Podcast Episode 181 - Union Depredations SM Podcast Episode 181 - Union Depredations (1173 KB)

Union troops commit shocking depredations in Johnson County.

SM Podcast Episode 182 - A Day of Prayer SM Podcast Episode 182 - A Day of Prayer (1173 KB)

Confederate President Jefferson Davis's call for a day of prayer has mixed results.

SM Podcast Episode 183 - Black Confederates SM Podcast Episode 183 - Black Confederates (1173 KB)

The Confederate Congress approves recruiting African American soldiers.

SM Podcast Episode 184 - A Guerrilla Escapes SM Podcast Episode 184 - A Guerrilla Escapes (1173 KB)

A wily Confederate guerrilla taunts his pursuers.

SM Podcast Episode 185 - Lee Surrenders SM Podcast Episode 185 - Lee Surrenders (1173 KB)

Arkansas reacts to the news of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.

SM Podcast Episode 186 - The 13th Amendment SM Podcast Episode 186 - The 13th Amendment (1173 KB)

Arkansas Unionist General Assembly approves the 13th Amendment, bringing the abolition of slavery one step closer.

SM Podcast Episode 187 - Lincoln Assassinated SM Podcast Episode 187 - Lincoln Assassinated (1173 KB)

Arkansas learns of the news of the murder of President Abraham Lincoln.

SM Podcast Episode 188 - The Sultana SM Podcast Episode 188 - The Sultana (1173 KB)

The deadliest maritime disaster in American history occurs on the Mississippi River near Marion, Arkansas.

SM Podcast Episode 189 - Food Riots SM Podcast Episode 189 - Food Riots (1173 KB)

The women of Lewisville seize food from Confederate storehouses as the situation in southwest Arkansas grows increasingly chaotic.

SM Podcast Episode 190 - Home Guards SM Podcast Episode 190 - Home Guards (1173 KB)

Confederate Governor Harris Flanagin urges Arkansas civilians to defend themselves as law and order breaks down.

SM Podcast Episode 191 - Thompson's Surrender SM Podcast Episode 191 - Thompson's Surrender (1173 KB)

Confederate General M. Jeff Thompson surrenders his troops in northeast Arkansas and gives a memorable farewell speech.

SM Podcast Episode 192 - Dockery Surrenders SM Podcast Episode 192 - Dockery Surrenders (1173 KB)

Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Dockery tells the Confederate soldiers in Arkansas that the Civil War is over.

SM Podcast Episode 193 - Washington Occupied SM Podcast Episode 193 - Washington Occupied (1173 KB)

The 12th Michigan Volunteer Infantry occupies the erstwhile Confederate capital at Washington.

SM Podcast Episode 194 - Watie Surrenders SM Podcast Episode 194 - Watie Surrenders (1173 KB)

Brig. Gen. Stand Watie surrenders his command at Doaksville in the Choctaw Nation -- the last organized Confederate unit to surrender.

SM Podcast Episode 195 - Commemoration SM Podcast Episode 195 - Commemoration (1173 KB)

With the final surrender of the Confederate armies in Arkansas, our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War nears its end. 

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