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Battle of Arkansas Post 150 Years

The following is a Schedule of Events for the upcoming 150 Anniversary of The Battle of Arkansas Post. The event will be held at Arkansas Post National Memorial and Arkansas Post Museum State Park. Parking will be at designeated areas in the town of Gillett. Free shuttle service is made possible with grants from the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and the Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

9:00 am Camps open to the public:

Confederate Camp at Arkansas Post National Memorial (Picnic Area)

Union Camp at Arkansas Post Museum State Park

10:00 am Ladies Tea at Arkansas Post Museum State Park (Big Tent)

10:00 am Authors table at Arkansas Post Museum State Park

Featured Authors:

· Dr. William Shea historian, professor at University of Arkansas Monticello, and author of Vicksburg is Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River, Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign

· Mark Christ, historian, coordinator of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and author of Civil War Arkansas 1863: The Battle for a State, and editor of Rugged and Sublime: The Civil War in Arkansas

· Terrence Winschel, Retired Park Historian from Vicksburg National Military Park and author of Vicksburg is Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River, Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Interpretive Programs at Arkansas Post National Memorial

· Pea Ridge Artillery Crew

· Children's Games during the Civil War

· The Civil War Uniform

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Interpretive Programs and sideshows at Arkansas Post Museum State Park

· Stories of the American Indian during the Civil War by Ethan Nathe & Lola Perritt / Arkansas Wildlife Federation

· Stories of the "Post of Arkansas" by Desha Historical Society

· Old Time Music, playing and dancing o 1800s music by Mat Cartier

· Arkansas Chuckwagon Racing Association - History of the wagon and team

11:00 am Special Presentation on the Battle of Arkansas Post by Mark Christ, Community Outreach Director with Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and coordinator of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission (Arkansas Post National Memorial Visitor Center Theater)

Noon Special Presentation on the regional significance of the Battle of Arkansas Post by Terrence Winschel, Retired Park Historian from Vicksburg National Military Park (Arkansas Post National Memorial Visitor Center Theater)

Noon Special performance by Northwest Arkansas Old Time String Band Harmony (Arkansas Post Museum State Park)

2:00 pm Offsite Non-NPS or State Park program

4:00 pm Memorial to Soldiers and Sailors who fought at the Battle of Arkansas Post (Arkansas Post National Memorial)

6:30 - 8:30 pm Period Ball featuring Harmony (Big Tent) Spectators are welcome

Sunday, January 20, 2013

9:00 am - Noon Camps open to the public:

Confederate Camp at Arkansas Post National Memorial (Picnic Area)

Union Camp at Arkansas Post Museum State Park

10:00 am Period Church with Reverend Andy Taylor, The 2012 SCV Christian Service Award Winner (Big Tent)

1:00 pm Offsite Non-NPS or State Park program

3:00 pm Camps closed; Shuttles return spectators to Gillett

Did You Know?

Conquistador on Horseback

In the Spring of 1541, Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto and his army crossed over the Mississippi River into present day Arkansas where they wandered for nearly two years.