Arkansas Civil War 150 Events


The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by sanctioning events and preserving sites in the state that have ties to the Civil War. A list of upcoming November events taking place across Arkansas has been released by the Commission. Below is a peek at this list.


Civil War Weekend is November 7-8 at Historic Washington State Park in Washington, Arkansas. Washington briefly served as the capitol of Arkansas during the Civil War and this annual event interprets the trying time period of war. For more details call 870-983-2684.

On November 7 there will be a Grant County Marker Dedication at Sheridan High School in Sheridan. The dedication will recognize a series of historical markers that commemorate the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, which was part of the Red River Campaign. For more details call 870- 942-3135.

On November 7 there will also be a Historic Washington State Park Marker Dedication at Historic Washington State Park and the Old Washington Cemetery. For more information call 870- 983-2684.

Dr. Nancy Hendricks is set to give a lecture on David O. Dodd on November 9. This will be held at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. For more information call 501-778-4766.

Dr. Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be presenting a lecture November 10 on Presidential Reconstruction: Rebuilding a Divided Nation. The lecture will be held at the Newton House Museum in El Dorado. For more details call 870- 862-9890.

A traveling exhibit called  Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865 will be at the Perry County Historical Museum in Perryville from November 9-22. For more details call 501- 889-5105.


Don Doyle of the University of South Carolina will give a lecture on November 12 at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock on The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the Civil War. For more information call 501- 683-5238.

Drew Hodges will speak about Confederate General Nathan George “Shanks” Evans when the Civil War Round Table of Arkansas meets at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock November 24.

A number of exhibits will continue to run in November including Batesville in the Civil War, an exhibit on life in Batesville during the Civil War at the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville; Freedom! Oh, Freedom’: Arkansas’s People of African Descent and the Civil War, 1861-1866 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock; Des Arc Rangers: Co. B, 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles and War on the Water: Gunboats on the White River at Lower White River Museum State Park at Des Arc. For more information on these and other events visit