Honoring the Battles, Soldiers and Spirits

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES In early June of 1862 the 3rd Arkansas spent its time digging earthworks for gun emplacements, troop trenches and revetments. This necessary work brought Lee the moniker of “Spades Lee”. However, later in the war these trenches would be welcome shelter for the Army of Northern Virginia. On June 12th company F …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES After the debacle of Jackson’s winter campaign, the 3rd was sent to Fredericksburg, VA and assigned to T. H. Holmes Division. The First Arkansas, which had enlisted for a 12 month tour of duty, were ready to be mustered out and the 3rd Arkansas took their place in February of 1862. In …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES During one of our Civil War Excursions back east we journeyed to Richmond, VA. Neither I nor Nancy had been to that part of Virginia before and we were looked forward to the excursion. We stayed in Linden Row, which was a series of brownstone townhouses that had been connected to form …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862:

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES The Arkansas Boys were drilled morning, noon and night at their camp and finally sent north to join the army. They arrived in Monterey, VA, in time to hear of the Beauregard’s victory at Manassas. They were assigned to General William Wing Loring’s command. Brigaded with the 1st and 12th Georgia, the …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862:

THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES You haven’t really lived until you have spent a night in 39 degree temperatures and only two gum blankets, a wool blanket and your frock coat for warmth on the cold ground. I have spent a few nights in these kinds of conditions, but not a full campaign of freezing night temperatures with not enough cover to …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862:

THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES Why does one get an obsession? Is it a nudge in the right direction to enlist us in our rightful part of the divine scheme of things? I think it has been in my life. I watched the Ken Burns documentary on The Civil War in 1992 and of all the battles discussed the Battle of Antietam …