Arkansas SCV

Putting the Arkansas Division on the same page!

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

A Message about the Guardian Program by Wayne Fuller



Here in Arkansas we are surrounded by the history of the brave men who fought for and many who died for the cause of the Confederacy. Our state contains many graves of these brave men. Some are our relatives, others who desired to leave their ravished homeland. Men are buried in all forms of cemeteries creating their Final Bivouac. Some can be found in regular cemeteries, others in small family plots, others are just in isolated areas, while others are just lost.

Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee in his charge to the United Confederate Veterans (now the Sons of Confederate Veterans) stated:

“To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.”

Focus at the inner phrase “guardianship of his history.” Should we just look at a man’s war record? I think NOT. These men who so gallantly fought for the Confederacy should not be forgotten even in death. Yet, I would tell you that is happening across our state, and across the country where these men are in their final resting place.

This past weekend I had the honor of attending a grave’s preservation workshop here in Northwest Arkansas. The workshop was held in the Canehill Community just west of Fayetteville. As we were shown various techniques to repair headstones, we noted a Southern Cross of Honor on one grave. As we walked throughout the cemetery, 6 additional headstones were found that designated the grave as belonging to a Confederate soldier (VA Headstone). We also found one headstone in which the family has inscribed on the headstone, that the grave’s occupant was a Confederate soldier. Toward the rear of the cemetery, stood a monument for Major Fontaine R. Earle and his wife. Major Earle is the namesake of my current camp. We also placed a battle flag on each grave of known Confederate men.

Unfortunately, with all of this excitement, a taste of reality was delivered. Not one of these seven men were to be found in the Confederate Graves Registry, which our national organization maintains.

Shame on me! Shame on any of our members who do not go out into these cemeteries, identify the final resting place of these men and make sure that they are entered in the Confederate Graves Registry. The process is rather simple, and does not take much time. Do we not owe this to the men?

As time progresses, many of these cemeteries will be forgotten and abandoned. As each of us grows older, what will happen with the information on these men and their graves as we pass? Will it too be forgotten and abandoned? We must provide a record to the future generations as to the final bivouac of these men. As of this moment I will issue a challenge to every member of the Arkansas Division, every camp to find the time, get out in your local cemeteries, identify these graves and get the information on the Confederate Grave Registry. Do we not owe this to the men of the Confederacy? I will submit to you that per Lt General Stephen Dill Lee charge, without hesitation we all owe it to these Soldiers.

An Open Letter from the Arkansas UDC to the Little Rock City Council

Dear LR City Council Members,
I urge you to please NOT vote in favor of changing the name of what few blocks remain of Confederate Boulevard.  You are not receiving the whole picture and all of the historic detailed information with regard to the name.  Changing the name is a slap in the face and disgrace to over 65,000 African-American men who served for the Confederacy.  We need more education, less disrespect.  The Confederacy was the first Army that allowed African American men to enlist.  In 1890, 11 African-American men lived in Little Rock and were proud enough of their service that they reported it to the census taker.  Mr. Dan Winsett, an African-American man, was a resident of the Confederate Veterans Home for decades, attending UCV reunions in his Confederate uniform and wearing his medals, well into his 80’s.  He died at the Confederate Veterans home on May 21, 1936 and was buried with honors.
Then, remember that the National Cemetery, which still has a Confederate Boulevard address, and should remain so, was first started as a Confederate Cemetery, burying the dead who were dying daily in Little Rock hospitals.
Changing the street name is a terrible expense to those who live or have businesses on the few remaining blocks.  Surely, you would not support such drastic measures and unnecessary expenses for our citizens and businesses.
The soldiers that Confederate Boulevard represents were poor farmers, laborers, merchants and the common man; black, white, Christian and Jew.  Fighting NOT for the rich, but States Rights.
If you would be so kind as to read the following, I believe you will clearly understand my request:
The remaining Confederate Boulevard is actually less than ½ mile long.  It begins just at the National Cemetery and ends at the rail road tracks from what I can determine from signage.  Confederate dead are interred in National Cemetery at the corner of Roosevelt and Confederate Boulevard and just behind the area near the gazebo, where a monument stands for the 640 removed from Mount Holly Cemetery.  The mass burial of 900 Confederate soldiers who died in Little Rock hospitals is still on Oakland’s property, but the street changes again to Barber at Oakland Cemetery.   The larger eleven-acre Confederate Cemetery holds the graves of 1,797 Confederate soldiers who died during and after the war. In 1913, an act of Congress authorized the secretary of war to accept the eleven-acre Confederate Cemetery, merging it into the Little Rock National Cemetery.
Changing the name of Confederate Boulevard is the same as going through a cemetery and knocking over all of the tombstones.  This is the destruction of a people’s heritage.  All people.  And with shameless disregard to the African-American men who fought for the Confederacy.
In the Veterans Census taken in 1890, 11 African-American Men in Pulaski County were proud to say they had served as a Confederate soldier.  These men received Confederate pensions for their service. Their widows and children received compensation following their death.  They were not offended to receive a Confederate pension, but proud of the fact. 
It is estimated that at least 65,000 African-American men fought for the South and 13,000 of those men were in battle.  Others served as musicians, cooks, horsemen and man servants.  While the Union Army sought to destroy these records, over 30,000 records still exist with the National Archives  It’s our African-American heritage also.  Frederick Douglas even referenced this fact in 1861: 
There are many colored men in the Confederate Army as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops and doing all that soldiers may do.”
These African-American men and the rest of Arkansas’ Infantrymen did not go to war and suffer such hardships to protect the rich slave owner, because only 3% of Arkansas’ TOTAL population were slave owners in the 1860 census.  With the majority in southeast Arkansas where the larger plantations were located. The soldiers that Confederate Boulevard represents were poor farmers, laborers, merchants and the common man; black, white, Christian and Jew.  Fighting not for the rich, but States Rights. Why would they suffer such hardships to protect slavery?? They didn’t!
From 1890 until 1955 the Confederate Veterans Home, on then named Confederate Boulevard,  provided a safe residence for the aging Veterans, including Dan Winsett, an African-American Confederate soldier who lived at the Confederate Veterans Home for decades before he died 21 May 1936.  He had served honorably with MG John  Marmaduke and BG John Shelton. Several white veterans of the home verified his service. Dan Winsett attended every United Confederate Veterans Reunion since the very beginning, and proudly wore his old uniform and medals, even when he was well over 80 years old. Evie Woodruff Vaughn, the daughter of William E. Woodruff, was a resident of the home, as well as other notable Arkansans.  
From the Arkansas Gazette Newspaper:
May 15, 1862
The Little Rock City Council appropriated $5,000 for the purchase of a tract of woodland southeast of the city from William E. Woodruff and Mrs. Mary Starbuck for a cemetery. This new cemetery, which had to be acquired in order to make room for the burial of the many soldiers dying almost daily in the emergency hospitals of Little Rock and was christened Oakland.
From the Encyclopedia of Arkansas:

Oakland & Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park was established in 1862 when the City of Little Rock (Pulaski County) purchased a 160-acre estate in order to accommodate the Civil War dead.

In 1863, Union troops set up an encampment in the cemetery and began burying their dead. After the war, the United States purchased land at Oakland and, in 1868, officially established the Little Rock National Cemetery
U.S. Public Law 85-425: Sec. 410 Approved 23 May 1958
 (US Statutes at Large Volume 72, Part 1, Page 133-134)
Each person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War were allotted a monthly pension, as if his service in such forces had been service in the military or naval forces of the United States.
Under current U.S. Federal Code, Confederate Veterans are equivalent to Union Veterans.
Therefore, a change to the name of Confederate Boulevard is an insult to every Veteran from every American conflict.  Please do not dishonor the memory of these soldiers, and please do not incur this expense to the property owners and businesses on this tiny stretch of Confederate Boulevard.
Kay Tatum

Heritage Operations Update September 8, 2015

“A Perfect Storm”

As you may know you and your heritage are at a unprovoked war. I’ve had a number of calls and remarks/comments made about what the Arkansas Division is doing to confront this matter. Now this is my question to you. “What are you doing?” Do you take this as serious as rushing around to watch your ball games? Where does it stand on your priority list? There is no doubt that your heritage IS IN YOUR HANDS. Flying your flags are good, getting together for rally’s are good, you might even temporarily stop something from happening. Yes, I said temporarily! You need legislation and laws to stop it. This is why I tell you to call your politicians to find out where they stand. Your most important weapon in this war is your vote. The politicians need to know how you feel. I am one man which means only one vote. Two years ago I started working on legislation that would have STOPPED everything that has happened in this state and it became a bill. It passed the committee and the full house of representatives and it was stopped with a hand full of senators like Joyce Elliot in the senate committee. I ask you to call these senators, we even furnished the names, addresses and phone numbers and a few called but most didn’t. If the people reading this would’ve taken the time to voice your opinions as I ask everyone to do then we would have that law and you wouldn’t be in this fight. That’s what your division has done. You have no choice if you love your heritage and if you want to stop this fight. Your legislators and other politicians are the only ones that can do this. It is up to you to tell them your wishes.

Chairman Tom Bird

Arkansas Division Keeping Up With Technology

With the advancement of technology over the past decade that I have been in the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I have seen camps fold for not keeping up their communications; I have likewise seen them flourish and become very active camps. Look everyone, technology will continue to advance and that is the best way to reach the youth of our nation.

Without the youth there will be no Southern heritage tomorrow. We simply will not be able to keep up. That is why I have been testing various social medias on my website If you think Facebook is all there is out there, oh boy, we need to talk.

I will start sharing some tech-savy hacks and techniques that you can put to use for free or lost cost that will help get your message out. Where I live, I have the rare opportunity to hike a battlefield every morning to Battery C in Helena overlooking the Delta and the Mississippi River. When I go on my daily morning walks with my dog, I always take photos with my phone and blast them out through several platforms:

1. Instagram

2. Facebook

3. Google+

4. Flickr

5. YouTube

6. Twitter

7. website (Arkansas Toothpick)

and now…

8. Periscope

I will be doing live broadcasts every morning at about 6:30am from Battery C. Simply download the app Periscope onto your tablet, phone, or computer and go to Helena, Arkansas on the map. I try to get up there by 6:30 every morning, but while you are at it, download Twitter and I will send a heads up before I broadcast on Periscope.

This program is FREE and its the way of the future for social media- why not jump in at the start! Ask me questions. Make comments. Watch the sun rise with me every morning and we can discuss Southern heritage! Seriously, it is really really cool!

Every morning I can share some of the social media techniques you can start using to recruit for your camp. Or even get the word out about a cool Civil War site in your town. Or get a camp started. You name the topic live.

I will be online with my Confederate scout, Brinkley. That is if she doesn’t chase a rabbit into the kudzu like she did this morning!

Ron Kelley

Communications Officer

Confederate Veteran in your Mailbox


One of the most aggravating things about being in the SCV is not getting your magazine. This happened to me once (as the Division Commander chuckles). If you are not getting your magazine, then something is wrong at HQ. It is an easy fix, usually. Most of the time it is an oversight. If you are a camp commander, please call and/or email every member of your camp to make sure they are getting their Confederate Veteran. It is always a good idea to call every now and then. This helps with retention of members. The magazine just hit my mailbox Thursday afternoon. Now get out there and have a blessed weekend!


Ron Kelley

Communications Officer

Communications and Events


I work very hard to keep our website up and maintained and secure against hackers. Not many seem to be using this utility, or tool even among multiple attacks going on across this nation. This website ( is for you and your camp to promote events and show the world what all you are doing. Some camps have excellent webpages and Facebook pages. Go to the CAMP LOCATOR page at and if your camp has a Facebook page or website that is not listed, please let me know so I can post it.  Also if you have any events going on, get that to me at  If you send me your event less than a week from it happening, your event will be ignored. Get event times and descriptions to me at least two weeks out.

Also make sure you and your camp members are signed up to receive dispatches from this website.

Ron Kelley

Communications Officer

Clothes Line Fair

The Sons of Confederate Veterans will have an encampment September 5 6 and 7 at Battlefield Park in Prairie Grove beginning at 9 am Our headquarters tent is directly in front of Hindman Museum. We will change the First National Confederate Flag after the parade Saturday approximately 10 a m also we will be firing muskets after this ceremony. remember parking is free for members but you must park in the field west of the park and identify yourself to guides any questions call me 479 957 3834 or email

SCV Dues are Due

If you and/or your camp members have not paid and sent in your dues, you are LATE.
Unless you are a Life Member or you paid through July 31, 2016, your membership expired on July 31, 2015.
The SCV has a grace period prior to declaring you delinquent, but it doesn’t last forever so please hurry up and submit your does if you have not already done so.
For NEW members and DELINQUENT members.
The SCV has waived the $5 fee for new member registration and the $5 fee for delinquent member reinstatement.  The additional fees will be waived through September 30, 2015.
Please do not put off joining the SCV or becoming reinstated if you are or know of a former SCV member.
Deo Vindice!
Robert A. Edwards
Commander, Arkansas Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans