Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Winter 2012 Arkansas Civil War Events
From The Arkansas Toothpick:
The Arkansas Toothpick endorses several Civil War events throughout the next few months. Soldiers and Living Historians from Arkansas are highly encouraged to attend the following events officially released by the 2nd Arkansas Batl’n Volunteers.
If you are interested in reliving the Civil War during the 150th Anniversary, contact Captain Guy Taylor, 2nd Arkansas Infantry, CSA (870) 794-6262 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The next Arkansas Civil War event will be the annual living history at Arkansas Post on January 28, 2012 at the Arkansas Post State Park located near Gillet, Arkansas. Note: this is the State Park, NOT the National Park. The event will consist of military drill, artillery demonstrations, static as well as dynamic exhibitry, and infantry demonstrations. Meal will be provided to living historians and there is no cost to the public to attend this event.
The annual Arkansas Post event is a time to reflect on the Battle of Arkansas Post in January, 1863 that turned the tide of the War in the Trans-Mississippi. Also the location of an American Revolution Battle, Arkansas Post is a great place to relive Arkansas History from its beginning.
The National Memorial Park is located near the State Park and has original rifle pits and a great interpretative center.
There will be a Battalion Drill to prepare for the 150th Shiloh at Old Washington State Park on February 18, 2012. Living Historians planning on attending the 150th Shiloh with the 2nd Arkansas Batl’n are urged to attend this event but not required. Anyone interested in reenacting is likewise urged to attend this event to become familiar with Civil War military drill.
More information on the 150th Shiloh will appear here on arkansastoothpick.com, as this will be the largest Civil War reenactment EVER west of the Mississippi! Arkansas was directly affected by this battle in April, 1862 and therefore will be highly visible on this website.
Next week’s column “One Hundred and Fifty Years Ago…” will feature information on General Van Dorn taking control of the Army of the Trans-0Mississippi in Late January, 1862, setting the wheels in motion that will come to a grinding halt in April at the bloodiest day in American History up until the day at Shiloh!