Civil War

Civil War

  On September 7, 1863, Union and Confederate troops met each other at Ashley’s Mills, part of the Civil War’s Little Rock Campaign. A Union victory resulted in the fall of Little Rock and subsequent occupation. Saturday, September 8, this turning point is commemorated at Scott Plantation Settlement with the Civil War at Ashley Mills, …
  We are well into the continuing commemorations the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Saturday, August 25, the Old State House Museum is hosting its annual seminar on the subject. Entitled “A Divided Arkansas,” the event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Doors open at 9 a.m. Admission is free but seating is limited …
As a kid, I remember visiting Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett at least once a year, sometimes more. It was a nice drive from Marianna to Gillett along Arkansas’s Great River Road, although when I was much younger, I was afraid of the ferry we had to ride to get across the White River at St. …
 We invite you to have “More Fun Per Gallon”  in Arkansas this year. Each day we will be blogging on different Arkansas destinations that can be reached on one tank of gas or less. This is basically every corner of The Natural State. We hope these suggestions help you in planning a trip to remember. …
  As I began researching this topic, I was amazed at the number of outlets in the area that protect and display the state’s military history. There are numerous war and veteran memorials all over Arkansas ranging from monuments to stadiums and auditoriums. With no disrespect to them or their importance, this trip is just …
 On July 4, 1863, daylight fell upon Helena, a river town that had been occupied by Union forces over the past year. Located along the banks of the Mississippi River, Helena held a strategic location along the mighty river between Memphis and Vicksburg (in the midst of a forty-plus-day siege led by General Ulysses S. …
The town of Jacksonville has really been working the past several years to let people know what they have to offer visitors. There are some great things to see and do.  Of course, everyone immediately thinks of the Little Rock Air Force Base when Jacksonville is mentioned. Since it’s only open to the public for certain …
Spend Independence Day a little differently this year by having a “historic” one at Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park in Scott. Three different activities are scheduled for visitors to enjoy while honoring our country’s birthday. Learn about The Day and Life of a Civil War Solider during an hour-long program beginning at 10 a.m. A Civil War …
    Chautauquas are local assemblies that flourished in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They provided education combined with entertainment in the form of lectures, concerts, and plays and were modeled after activities at the Chautauqua Institution of western New York.   The annual Natural State Chautauqua at the Arkansas …
This Saturday, June 2, Lake Chicot State Park in Lake Village offers a series of lectures and discussions focusing on the Civil War in southeast Arkansas. The event begins at 8:45 a.m. with “Civil War Writings.” Letters, reports and diaries from the period allow us to understand the personal stories of soldiers. Visitors will also have the …