Arkansas SCV

Putting the Arkansas Division on the same page!

Arkansas SCV - Putting the Arkansas Division on the same page!

Helena Remembers Cleburne on November 30, 2014 (150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin)

Arkansas In The Civil War

rare photograph taken of Cleburne in Helena before the Civil War.

November 30 will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Major-General Patrick R. Cleburne and the Seven Generals chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will commemorate that event with a day of remembrance and prayer. Cleburne, native to County Cork (Ireland) made Helena his home in 1850 and in 1861, he left his adopted home town to join the Confederate army with his unit composed of men from Phillips County.

Cleburne was killed in the final assault on the Union fortifications at Franklin, Tenn. on November 30 in a last-ditch effort by General Hood to drive the Federal forces from the area. Today Cleburne is among the most interpreted personalities in the Civil War Helena initiative and his grave atop Crowley’s Ridge is one of the most visited sites by out-of-town heritage tourists.

The November 30 commemoration will begin at 10:30 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in historic downtown Helena at the corner of Pecan and Perry Streets. Patrick Cleburne was a member of the St. John’s congregation before the Civil War began. The Episcopal mass will be followed by a graveside memorial at the Confederate Cemetery at high noon. The service will include libations given by local living historians/reenactors and a short program by former Arkansas Division SCV Commander Mark Kalkbrenner.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to or call 870-592-0079.

A Special Veterans Day Edition: Remembering our Veterans in Franklin

Arkansas In The Civil War

Arkansas In The Civil War

Arkansas In The Civil War

The following was sent in by compatriot Everet Burr of Harrison, Arkansas. The Arkansas Toothpick has held these in reserve for today, as today is a very special day for us to remember our veterans. On Novemeber 30, 1863, Arkansas lost her best sons!

Submitted: The monument in Franklin has moved from being a dream to a reality. Many of Arkansas finest, best, and bravest soldiers fell in the horrific tragedy.

The following compatriots and wives were present at the dedication of this most impressive dedication:

Commander Gordon Hale and his wife Patti. Compatriot Everett Burr and his wife Dee. Compatriot Kevin Middleton, Compatriot David Krueger and his wife Eva, Compatriot Larry Fisher and his wife Ruthie. The men fell in with the firing detail and fulfilled their duty to their ancestors and also those Southrons who gave the last full measure for Southern Independence. John Crain and Trip Wilson joined us from the 27th Ark. From Mtn. Home the detail was Lead by Capt. John Malloy of Mtn. View and the Neil Camp.

It was a beautiful day for the Dedication. Several Camps from Arkansas were present. The Dockery Camp of Magnolia brought their cannon. There was another gun from there in Tennessee. It was an event to tell your grandkids about.

Immortal 600 CSA Vet to be Honored in Blytheville, Arkansas on October 12, 2014

The Mississippi County Historical and Genealogical Society, the Cleburne-Forrest Chapter 2646 of the United Daughter of the Confederacy, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans will host a VA historical marker dedication honoring Captain William A. Ferring of Company C, Third Regiment Confederate Infantry and one of the “Immortal 600″. The service is slated for October 12, 2014 at 3pm at Maple Grove Cemetery on W. Willow Road and North 15th STreet in Blytheville, Arkansas. There will be a reception to follow the service at the Delta Gateway Museum (Old Kress Building”) on Main Street, Blytheville.

License Plate Grant Application

Attention Arkansas SCV Camps! As you all know we have official Arkansas SCV license plates for sale at your local revenue department. $15 from the sale of each plate goes back to the Arkansas Division to promote, protect, and restore the heritage of Arkansas veterans.  To apply for a grant from the money raised from the sale of the plates, each camp that wants to get grant money from the Division MUST fill out a grant application.  The grant application can be downloaded HERE and it is on the downloads page as well.

If your camp is awarded a grant, you MUST fill out the Grant Reporting document and return it back to the Arkansas Division.  To download the Grant Reporting form, click HERE!

A big THANK YOU goes out to Tom Bird, Heritage Operations, for his hard work in securing these plates for us.

Dispatch from Commander in Chief Kelly Barrow

Compatriots and Friends,

Let me take this time to tell you what an honor it is to be elected as your Commander-in-Chief. Words cannot adequately describe my feelings. I am humbled to hold an office that only seventy-three men before me have held. It is my pleasure to be a thirty-five year member of the SCV. I remember attending my first Lee-Jackson Banquet at Aunt Fanny’s Cabin in Smyrna, Georgia where all of my family was inducted into the SCV, UDC and CofC. It was a special moment for me but little did I know what the future held.

Through the unity of our organization and the strength of our Confederate Ancestors, we shall continue to move forward to be the preeminent authority on Southern heritage. There are many days ahead of us in the Sesquicentennial and beyond that give us opportunities to promote and honor the heroic deeds of the men and women of 1861-1865. By their examples we can learn a considerable amount; it is our ancestors who endured “Total War” from an illegal invader. Today, like our ancestors, we must also choose to stand fast or retreat? They knew their duty, do we know ours? General Robert E. Lee once said, “Duty then is the sublimit word in the English language, you should do your duty in all things, you can never do more; you should never wish to do less.”

The Confederate soldiers we honor and whose DNA flows in our veins took a stand to proclaim to the world the values of our American Liberties and their commitment to its Cause. Those Principles of 1776 and 1861 are still alive today. Friends, let us reconfirm our commitment to those liberties and the Cause which we hold so dear.

I would like to close with a quote from Jefferson Davis’ proclamation from April 5, 1865 in the capitol in Danville, Virginia. “Let us not, then, despond, my countrymen; but relying on the never-failing mercies and protecting care of our God, let us meet the foe with fresh defiance, with unconquered and unconquerable hearts.”

I now ask you to make a stand as they did, to be unified with others of the same mindset and lineage. As with anything in life, a unified group is more effective than any individual could ever be. I hope you will join me as we honor our Confederate ancestors and as we re-dedicate ourselves to those Principles of 1776 and 1861. May God Bless You and My God Bless the Sons of Confederate Veterans

Deo Vindice!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Important Dispatch from Division Commander

Compatriots –

Members of the Arkansas Division – Sons of Confederate Veterans

I just want to touch base with you on a few things. As you are aware there has been a couple of  changes in staff of the Arkansas Division. I believe we have the right people in the right jobs.  I want to see a strong division and would like to see our membership continue to rise.

As you may be aware, it is the time for our annual membership dues to be paid. This is very important; and it is important that we pay our dues on time.  When you don’t it affects the whole division. Failure to renew your membership decreases our Division numbers. The attacks of our heritage and the true history of the South have been on the rise all over this country.  We in the state of Arkansas have been pretty fortunate thus far; but we have our detractors.  In order to be strong we need to stand together.

We need to work together to increase our membership.  Remind your fellow compatriots it’s membership renewal time.  Each member is very important.  Each one of you gives us the numbers to help fight these attacks. None the one but the whole.  You want to prepare for heritage defense?  Renew your membership ASAP.  If there’s someone in your camp that needs help this year, see if two or three of you can give a hand up this year.  Please Make Sure You Pay Your Dues On Time and get the word out to the rest of our compatriots.

Deo Vindice!

Robert Edwards