Civil War returns to county
EUREKA SPRINGS -- "The Civil War Came to Carroll County" is the topic for a series of programs the first four Thursdays in August as part of the observation of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
History books do not chronicle many of the small battles or skirmishes that were fought across the country from 1861-1865, yet almost every small town or village was touched by some aspect of the war.
Co-sponsored by Mary Jean Sell, June Westphal, Eureka Springs Carnegie Library and the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, the programs will be at 7 p.m. each week in the convention center at the Inn of the Ozarks on Highway 62 West/Van Buren near the intersection with the Historic Loop.
No admission will be charged, but donations will be accepted. Whatever is collected will be divided between the Eureka Springs Historical Museum and the library.
"In Dreadful Conflict: The Ozark Homefront During the Civil War" will be the topic for Susan Young, outreach coordinator of the Shiloh Museum of the Ozarks in Springdale, Aug. 2. She will talk about how the people who were left at home dealt with the privations of the war.
Glen Crenshaw of Eureka Springs will exhibit and talk about artifacts he has found and recovered from various southern battlefields on Aug. 9. A native of Richmond, Va., he has been exploring and digging at sites since he was a small boy. He will talk about some of his soldier ancestors as well as the artifact collection he has put together.
On Aug. 16, Gordon Hale of Berryville will tell stories of the occupation of Berryville by Union troops and the subsequent burning of the town by Confederate troops, the skirmishes at Yocum Creek and Osage Creek and other little known confrontations in Carroll County. He is president of the Carroll County Historical Society and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Dr. Michael Hughes, former professor of United States history, art history and Native American studies at East Central University in Ada, Okla., will talk about the importance of the battles of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove on Aug. 23, to close the series.