Civil War

After a divided Arkansas seceded from the Union in 1861, it became a strategic target for both North and South because of its location on the Mississippi River and its role as a gateway to the Southwest. Included among the state’s more than 750 military engagements were a number of major conflicts.

Learn how your ancestors lived from day to day during the Pioneer Village Fall Fest,  Nov. 2-3 in Searcy.    The collection of 19th century buildings, farm equipment and other antique items will all be open with costumed guides on hand throughout the grounds to answer visitor’s questions. Some of the activities taking place are …
Helena-West Helena will observe the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Helena on May 24-26. The Delta Cultural Center, the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and the Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission are sponsoring the events. On Friday, vendors open at noon at the Cherry Street Pavilion, located in the 100 block of historic Cherry Street. …
Discover how historians, archeologists, genealogists and conservationists solve mysteries of the past through discovering and preserving lost facts and evidence when Jacksonport State Park Museum in Newport opens a new exhibit on March 2. The exhibit, “The Jacksonport Collection Calamity,” features artifacts from the park’s collection. Visitors will follow clues in the stories of Jackson …
Helena-West Helena officially opens Freedom Park to the public with a dedication this Saturday, Feb. 23. Freedom Park, located at 750 South Biscoe in Helena-West Helena, includes exhibits that focus on the often-forgotten story of thousands of escaped freedom seekers who followed Union troops into the river port city in July 1862 or fled to Helena …
If there was ever a person in Arkansas history who should be — and is — considered “larger than life,” it’s Bass Reeves.  One of the most interesting people who ever lived in The Natural State, Reeves was a U.S. Deputy Marshal under Federal Judge Isaac C. Parker, himself a legendary figure in the annals …
Good things come to towns named Lincoln. The promotions department for the currently released movie, “Lincoln”, is hosting a nationwide promotion of the Steven Spielberg Oscar-nominated movie in towns named Lincoln. So, a free screening of the movie will be part of a special celebration of Lincoln’s 204th birthday at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. …
Helena-West Helena officially opens Freedom Park to the public with a dedication on Saturday, Feb. 23. Freedom Park includes exhibits that explore the African-American experience in Civil War Helena. The exhibits follow the journey of the African-Americans from fugitive slave to freedom; and for some, enlistment in the Union Army and participation in the Battle …
One of the most famous members of the United States military, General Douglas MacArthur, was born in Little Rock on January 26, 1880 in the Old Arsenal.  Today that building houses the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, which will celebrate the five star general’s 133rd birthday on Saturday, January 26. Birthday cake and punch …
Arkansas Post has played a part in Arkansas history since well before statehood. Located south of Gillett, Arkansas Post was established in 1686 by French explorer Henri de Tonti. The site was the first European colony in the Mississippi River Valley. Arkansas Post is also the location of the only Revolutionary War skirmish to take …