The sights and sounds of the Civil War will come to life next weekend when reenactors wearing blue and gray uniforms will gather on the ground where many of their ancestor stood 150 years ago. On May 4 and 5, 2013 – The 150th (Sesquicentennial) Anniversary of the Battle of Chalk Bluff take place.- Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park is a state owned park and has a wonderful natures trail.
This event is sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission in Little Rock as part of Arkansas observance of the “War Between the States”. It is located North of Piggott, Arkansas (10 miles north of Piggott, Arkansas on Arkansas Highway 62) (MapQuest of location:
The event will take place on the actual battle site, a rare event now a days. Come early and stay late. Demonstrations of Civil War like will be going on throughout the two days of reenacting.
This event dates back to 2003 and we have held eight reenactments and are now conducting the event every two years. Event sponsor – Clay County Judge Gary Howell of Piggott stated, “ Every time we have this event we upgrade parts of the Chalk Bluff Battle field Park. Two years ago we were able to pave the road all the way to the park to help visitors find the park with ease.”
For those taking part in the action amenities include powder for artillery, cavalry, infantry, water, firewood, and, hay, and a meal on Saturday evening (for those who make contact with the event coordinators at least four days before the event).
Colonel W. Danny Honnoll of Jonesboro said, “ We are looking for a good turnout in canons, cavalry, and infantry next weekend.” “ This event is an excellent place to witness actions just like went on 150 years ago on the very site that history was make.” “ Besides being the 150th of the Battle of Chalk Bluff this will also be the 148th Anniversary of the surrender of Confederate Troop by Confederate Brigadier General M. Jeff “The Swamp Fox” to Federal General Granville Dodge.”
Scheduled events: Friday, May 3rd – 4p to 6p – Sign in by Re-enactors & Living Historians. On Saturday, May 4th the park will be opened to the public to join in.: 9:30 a – Open to the Public – Camp Life Demonstrations around Park; 9:30 a – Officer’s Call; 10:30 a – Cannon Demonstrations; Noon – Jeannine Thompson and Bobbie F. Barnett will co-host our annual Ladies Tea & Demonstrations of Refugee Camp(bring a chair and be ready to take part) ; 12:30 p – Marching & Rifle Firing Demonstrations; 2 p – Re-enactment Followed by Grand Review Parade of Troops returning to Camp and 9:30 am – 3:30 p – Ladies Demonstrations of Refugee Camp.
Sunday May 5th ; 10:00 a – Open to the Public – Officer’s Call; 10:30 a – Open to the Public; 11 a – Church Service ; 1 p – Memorial Service Confederate General Stonewall Jackson in this the year of Jackson’s death 150 years ago – 2 p – Living History – Re-enactment and Followed by Grand review Parade of Troops returning to Camp. Throughout the both days Living History Demonstrations by Ladies in Refuge. On both day sutlers (aka Merchants in tents) will be on site to sale items of the “War Between the State” times.
All branches of military and period impressions welcome. This event is hosted annually by Clay County and his assisted by the North East Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails Committee, the SCV Shaver Camp #1655, of Jonesboro and the Gen. James F. Fagan Chapter #280, Military Order Stars, and Bars, of Jonesboro.
Artillery welcomed but must contact before setting up and has to be on site before 10 am day of event. No registration fees for reenactors, sutlers, or living historians! This event has no admissions fee for the public so it is an excellent place to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about the Civil war. Walks on must to be at site and registered 2 hours before any listed event.
Artillery Contact Capt. Tom Bird at (501) 388-3805 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (501) 388-3805 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting – email email@example.com, Cavalry Contact: Colonel W. Danny Honnoll phone 870-926-2985 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 870-926-2985 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infantry contact Capt Louis Riggs at 573-717-0909 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 573-717-0909 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email@example.com.
This event has no admissions fee for the public so it is an excellent place to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about the Civil war.