MEETING & PROGRAM: Our next meeting will be Monday November 9 at 6:30 p.m. inside the South Arkansas Historical Foundation located at 510 North Jackson Street. Our guest speaker will be David Rockett of Monroe, LA. Mr. Rockett was born in El Dorado, AR and grew up in Moss Point, MS. He was raised in a Southern Baptist family and was a high school jock. After a quick stint in the US Air Force he married his high school sweetheart, finished a double-major at FSU, only to move back to Mississippi and then to Louisiana for work in sales — first as a stock-broker/financial planner, and then as a Charitable Gift Planner using life insurance. He became a Southern/Confederate in the early 80′s reading and learning much, only to become an Agrarian by the early 1990s. The Rocketts live in relative bliss in Monroe, LA as Presbyterians and have eight children — five grown and married and three still at home. Mr. Rockett, in his presentation, will familiarize uswith Agrarianism.
RECENT EVENTS: This past weekend, Old Washington State Park hosted a campaign-style reenactment and was expected to draw reenactors from neighboring states. We hope to have a report from this event at the meeting. The Alf Fuller Camp recently hosted the Battle of Brown’s Plantation. The event was attended by reenactors from the Arkansas and Louisiana Divisions. Along with a battle reenactment, the event featured a mock trial and mock hanging of a captured yankee. UPCOMING EVENTS: Parade season is upon us again. The first parades in our area will be the Natchitoches Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday December 5 followed by the Farmerville Christmas Parade that same evening. More events will be posted as they are announced.
CONFEDERATE HISTORY: Daniel Harris Reynolds, of Lake Village, Arkansas, was a lawyer, Confederate general, and state senator who is remembered as one of the state’s most loyal citizen-soldiers during the War of Northern Aggression. Serving initially in northwest Arkansas, Colonel Reynolds and the Chicot Rangers (a cavalry regiment raised in Chicot County) were dismounted shortly after Elkhorn Tavern. Unhappy about serving as infantry, the regiment soon transferred to the Army of Tennessee and served in the Western Theater (that is, east of the Mississippi River) for the rest of the war. By request from his colleagues, the Confederate government eventually promoted Reynolds to brigadier general. His left leg was amputated below the knee due to a wound received in the Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina, on March 19, 1865. The bullet entered through his horse’s right breast and exited into Reynolds left leg, causing the bone to shatter. After the war, hereturned to Lake Village, reestablished his law practice, and received a presidential pardon from Andrew Johnson. From 1866 to 1867, he served as a state senator for Ashley, Chicot, and Drew counties until yankee Reconstruction policy forced the removal of Confederate veterans from elected office.