The Jacksonville Museum of Military History (top photo) gets a head-start tonight on the Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, which begins in 2011. The museum’s War Stories Lecture Series features Mark Christ with the Department of Arkansas Heritage discussing the Battle of Arkansas Post. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
In January 1863, Confederate troops prepared to defend Arkansas Post (middle photo) against Union troops. The Federal troops won the battle which resulted in the loss of approximately 25 percent of the Rebel troops in the Trans-Mississippi (Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas) Theater. The Union victory also marked the opening bombardment of a campaign that resulted in Northern control of the Arkansas River Valley before the end of that year.
Christ will speak on the Battle of Arkansas Post and discuss the resulting Union occupation of Arkansas for the rest of the Civil War. He is the Community Outreach Director for the Department of Arkansas Heritage and a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
In addition, Christ will give a review of activities planned for the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial and Ann Hooper presents an update on the Re-enactment of the Battle of Reed’s Bridge (bottom photo), scheduled for September 11 and 12. Tonight’s admission is $2. The museum is located at 100 Veterans Circle in Jacksonville.