On April 25th & 26th, 2014 - the Friends of Jenkins' Ferry Battlefield [FOJFB] will sponsor the 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas.
The event will be held in the city of Sheridan, about ten miles or so north of the Battlefield in the city's park complex. Due to the current terrain of the battlefield (it's as much a swamp today as it was the day the battle was fought in April 1864) and limited parking at the Jenkins' Ferry State Park - add to this the spring rains that time of year often submerges the state park, it was decided by the FOJFB to move the event to a more accessible location with enough parking.
Among the many events being planned will be several guest speakers - chief among them Ed Bearss.
The Smithsonian Institution has called Ed Bearss a “Living American Treasure”. Articles written about him often refer to Ed as a "rock star among Civil War enthusiasts." He is the Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service and is regarded as the father of modern day battlefield preservation and today, at the age of 90, still conducts battlefield tours across the United States.
It was Ed Bearss who first introduced us to the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry with his 1961 book, "Steele's Retreat from Camden and the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas."
For more information about the Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry – visit their website www.jenkinsferry.com
You'll have an opportunity to meet a living legend - as we gather together to remember the brave soldiers who fought at Jenkins' Ferry.
There will be much more to follow about 150th event.