A HOLY COW MOMENT!

There are “WOW” moments in my life – and Monday was one of them. Something Jenkins’ Ferry related that I have searched for for over forty years stumbled into my lap – and it is AMAZING! Following the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, several soldiers with the 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry remained on the battlefield – Read More…

Ed Bearss to Speak on Jenkins’ Ferry…

The Smithsonian describes him this way: “In Civil War circles, [Ed] Bearss is nothing short of a rock star.” Historian Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service and named by the Smithsonian as one of thirty-five “Living American Treasures,” will be in Houston,Texas on January 19th to speak to the Houston Civil War Read More…

Confederate Catfight…Part I

With the possible exception of the feud between General Jo Shelby and General James Fagan over the debacle of not pursuing the Federal army toward Jenkins’ Ferry, one of the finest examples of two people absolutely despising one another in the Trans-Mississippi theater during the Civil War were Confederate General Richard Taylor (shown above) and General Edmund Kirby Smith. Read More…

Where was the Battle Fought?

The three questions I receive most regarding the battle of Jenkins’ Ferry are (1) Where was the actual battle fought? (2) Why were they fighting there to begin with and (3) My ancestor died at Jenkins’ Ferry, where would he have been buried? Today we’ll focus on where the actual fighting occurred. If you’re like Read More…

A Jenkins’ Ferry General Seeks a Pardon…

General John G. Walker commanded a Confederate Division of Texas troops at Jenkins’ Ferry though his participation was limited, having been severely wounded three weeks earlier during the battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. His Division, organized at Camp Nelson (near present day Cabot, Arkansas), was to be the deciding factor at Jenkins’ Ferry. Having started Read More…

An Eyewitness at Jenkins’ Ferry

This Confederate kepi was in the midst of the fight at Jenkins’ Ferry. It shielded its owner from the pouring rain that covered the Saline River bottoms that morning as well as the blinding sun the army marched under following their defeat at the hands of the Federals. Its owner was with the 34th Arkansas Infantry, a part Read More…

Hot Springs Civil War Museum…

There’s a new museum coming to the city of Hot Springs, and it promises to be a extraordinary experience. Located on Central Avenue in the historic downtown district, the Civil War themed museum,  founded by private collectors Rick Williams and Dennis Magee hopes to open for business in November. As I understand it, the museum will focus on Read More…