Old State House Musuem gets $26,000 grant

The Old State House Museum has been awarded a Save America’s Treasures Grant in the amount of $26,032 to preserve history and culture for future generations, the museum announced in a news release Tuesday.
The money will go toward treating three fragile battle flags from the Civil War era and shortly thereafter.

Arkansas Civil War Commission now accepting grant applications

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is accepting grant applications for local projects commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through Feb. 18.
Projects scheduled for 2011 to 2015 are eligible for grants of up to $2,000, which will be awarded four times per year, as funding is available. 

Family donates Confederate currency to Delta museum

The family of the late Marion and Charleen Hickey of Helena recently donated 16 pieces of Confederate States of America currency to the Delta Cultural Center.
“We are so pleased the Hickey Family thought of the cultural center in making this gift,” said DCC Director Katie Harrington. “The currency will become a valuable part of our [...]

Civil War battle at center of ‘Elkhorn Tavern’

In Northeastern Arkansas stands a two-story structure known as the Elkhorn Tavern. First built in the 1830s, this building would become witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the early days of the Civil War — the Battle of Pea Ridge.
For the people who lived around the tavern, the fighting and chaos that occurred [...]

Battlefield Dispatches No. 242: ‘Shot by Shot’

At approximately 3 a.m. in the morning on Oct. 26, 1864, the Confederate Army of Missouri, commanded by Mjr. Gen. Sterling Price, started to advance south (if you are of the Southern persuasion) or continued to retreat (if you are of the Northern persuasion) from the vicinity of Deerfield, Mo., towards Neosho and Newtonia in [...]

War And Remembrance

Civil War history came to life in Fort Smith over the weekend as re-enactors replayed one of the most intense Civil War engagements in Fort Smith’s history – the Battle of Massard Prairie.
Around 100 re-enactors participated in the event, which retold the story of the skirmish between federal and Confederate troops at Massard Prairie Battlefield [...]

Wayside signs help tell Civil War story

The Civil War Helena Wayside signs and other developments such as Fort Curtis and Freedom Park are a joint effort of the A & P Commission, the Delta Cultural Center and the Delta Bridge Project. The Wayside signs that have been erected throughout Helena the past week or so are the first of 27 locations [...]

Grants available for Civil War commemorations

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission announced today it will award grants of up to $2,000 for projects in the state commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
The grants will be awarded four times per year, provided funding is available. Projects must be executed between 2011 and 2015.

Confederates defended Littlle Rock from Union advance

147 years ago, Central Arknasas was the scene for several Civil War battles.
They were the first shots fired to defend Little Rock.
On August 27, 1863 the Confederates stood in the way of a Union advance just south of Jacksonville at Reed’s Bridge.
On this day, several Civil War history buffs have come here to re-enact this [...]

Union soldiers take control of the Fort Smith National Historic Site

It was 1864 for a day at Fort Smith National Historic Site as Union soldiers took control of the grounds.
Hot and muggy, men and women endured the heat in period clothes. Small sleeping tents were lined in a row while larger tents offered information about the period.