The Southeast Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail has been active over the past few months, not on any one big project but on several local projects. And we have many more plans for the future.
Beginning plans are in the works for markers to be erected and dedicated at Lake Village for some unknown soldiers mortally wounded in the Battle of Ditch Bayou. Also, a marker is being prepared for placement in Drew County to be dedicated early 2009. More details will be released as this event nears. And the biannual re-enactment of Marks’ Mills will be held April 24-26, 2009.

Everyone is invited to the annual Camp White Sulphur Springs Civil War Weekend, October 17-19, 2008.  This year will be a little different:  there will be a wedding! Ellen DiMaggio and Mike Lewis will be jumping the broom in a period wedding on Saturday, followed by a ball with entertainment by the 52nd Tennessee Regimental String Band. On Sunday at 2 p.m. we will hold the annual Memorial and Dedication service.
A lot of things have been going on in Southeast Arkansas. Park Day was held at Camp White Sulphur Springs and Marks’ Mills in conjunction with the Civil War Preservation Trust and the History Channel. Edgar Colvin has been busy erecting markers around the area, most recently two headstones at Princeton. A memorial/re-dedication service was held at the end of April at Jenkins’ Ferry. A new Military Order of the Stars and Bars Chapter was recently organized and named in honor of the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, and with this group’s enthusiasm and support of the Southeast and Southwest Trails, we hope to see more work toward preserving and history of this battlefield.

With the upcoming Sesquicentennial, several locations in Southeast Arkansas are looking to be a part of the celebration. Keep your eyes and ears open for information about this upcoming exciting time in our region.
It is with some sadness that I report the passing of one of our members and past officers, Tim Johnson of Warren. Tim passed away in early May. He was the ramrod for Civil War history in Bradley County. And he served the SEACWHT as our treasurer for several years. If you needed back-breaking labor or just someone to talk to, Tim was the one to call. Our heart-felt sympathy goes out to his family.

The next meeting of SEACWHT will be at noon on Saturday, October 18, at Camp White Sulphur Springs.