The Northeast Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails Committee held its spring meeting on May 3 at the Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park pavilion. We had 56 in attendance for the meeting. President W. Danny Honnoll gave a updated report to the gathering.

Current Balance in Bank: $400.34 for the NEACWHTC.

This year’s main event at Chalk Bluff was a great success. We had a healthy turnout by the re-enactors and the public turnout was the best ever. Honnoll gave a speech on Confederate President Jefferson Davis at the Spring meeting of the NEACWHTC. Bobbie Barnett and Jeanenne Thompson hosted the Ladies’ Tea at Chalk Bluff this year and it was bigger and better than ever. The ladies that attended just loved the tea. Jackie Stevens, Dallas Stevens, Dale Barnett, Robert Hare and Harold Hunt helped set up the area for the Ladies’ Tea.

John Malloy of Mountain View was in command of the troops this year. Jimmy Downs of Pocahontas brought his Civil War-period wagon and took part in the event by bringing supplies to the Union troops taking part. Charles Berry of Evening Shade was in charge of the artillery this year since illness sidelined Delbert Hughes. We really missed Delbert this year.

On Sunday, the troops had a memorial service for Confederate Jefferson F. Davis on the bicentennial of his birth. It was a very moving service to honor the only president of the Confederacy.

Clay County sponsored this year’s event and Judge Gary Howell and his family did their usual outstanding job of feeding the troops and manning the concession stand. Sally Howell cooked a mean meat loaf this year and everyone loved it.

We are going to take next year off and not have a re-enactment at Chalk Bluff at the request of the 7th Arkansas re-enactors so they can attend an event in Texas. We are going to try every other year to see if this helps our Chalk Bluff event. In the future we are going to announce a living-history event at the town of Piggott so we can keep the interest up for the following year.

The NEACWHTC hopes to place a marker for either the L’Anguille Ferry (Lee County) or Taylor’s Creek (St. Francis) skirmish sites this year. Hopefully, we can get local support in raising money for both projects so the local community will have ownership in the markers. I am in the process of seeing if we can generate such interest. If you would like to help just let me know. The NEACWHTC has placed four historical markers in four years and would like to place at least one a year. Anyone having information on other sites or events that happened in Northeast Arkansas please let me know by contacting me at (870) 935-9830 or danny@honnoll.com.

The North East Arkansas Southern Heritage Foundation has named the Civil War park in Jonesboro the Southern Confederate Heritage Park. Trustee James Langley has been working very hard on the lighting at the park trying to get the best light on the park for the best price. The group has updated most of its handout materials for donations and informational matters. For the observance of Confederate Flag/Heritage Day on March 21 the group raised the new stars and stripes, an Arkansas flag, the first national Confederate flag, and a Confederate battle flag. On June 19, the group changed out the flags to the Betsy Ross flag, Arkansas flag, second national Confederate flag, and a 30th Arkansas Infantry Confederate battle flag. The Betsy Ross was for the upcoming 4th of July and the 30th Arkansas Infantry flag was for the Rebel troops that were raised in Jonesboro and fought in the battle of Jonesboro on August 2, 1862.

We are getting ready for the sesquicentennial of the “War Between the States” by working with the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. More information will be coming out on this in the future.

Also December 16th is the date for our annual Christmas party in Jonesboro so mark your calendar and bring your money and gifts to help with the auction.

If you would like to donate to the NEACWHTC or want to pay your 2008 dues of $5 send it to NEACWHTC, c/o W. Danny Honnoll, 216 Hillpoint Cove, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401-5992.

The next meeting of the NEACWHTC will be on October 21 at 6 p.m. at the Fishboat Restaurant in Jonesboro. See you there!

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