See Some Historic Arkansas Treasures at the Clinton Presidential Library

Kerry Kraus 


Some rare antiquities from the Arkansas History Commission are now on display at the

Clinton Presidential Library

in Little Rock. These priceless artifacts comprise a new exhibit entitled “Revolution and Rebellion: Wars, Words and Figures.”

The Arkansas History Commission, a.k.a. the Arkansas State Archives, is a treasure trove of items rarely seen by the general public. Also included are thirty-five scale portrait sculptures of many of the pivotal players in both the American Revolution and the American Civil War. These very detailed figures, made by the artist George Stuart, are loan from the Museum of Ventura County, California. This exhibit runs through May 22.

Some of the notable items from the State Archives displayed are:

Arkansas Secession document, May 1861

Arkansas State Constitution, June 1861

David O. Dodd painting by William Besser

$2 Arkansas Treasury Warrant dated May 2, 1862, and Confederate States of America currency, ranging in denomination from $0.50 to $100

Union Civil War Regimental Flag, 6th Missouri Cavalry

1860 model, light cavalry saber, owned by Colonel Jacob Cooper Moles, commander of Polk’s Confederate regiment of Arkansas Cavalry. Metal scabbard made by Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1862

Pistol carried throughout the Civil War by Charles Ogden of Van Buren, who served in Company G, Third Arkansas State Troops, and Company G, 22nd Regiment, CSA. The muzzle-loading, percussion type derringer has a lock plate inscribed, “Manton, London,” and features a walnut stock with checkering on the grips and a German silver trigger guard.

Double-breasted frockcoat, Confederate, made from gray wool, with a lining of purple/grey/green plaid wool/silk on the front inside. The buttons indicate it is the uniform of a Confederate Brigadier General.

Fife, made from rosewood and German silver, used by Sergeant Monroe Parsley in Company D, 7th Arkansas Infantry, CSA. This fife has one key and comes apart in three sections.

Wooden and copper canteen that belonged to Captain John S. Brown, CSA, who was said to have been from Monticello, Arkansas. Captain John S. Brown served in Company C. 8th Tennessee and was killed at Resaca, Georgia, May 14, 1864.

Union canteen taken from body of a federal captain in the battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864, by A. N. Henderson, Confederate soldier and Arkansas pioneer.

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