Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Book & Media Notes

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To mark Arkansas Heritage Month and the start of the Civil War sesquicentennial, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies launched a website "A Nation Divided: Arkansas and the Civil War." Sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, the site provides easy accessibility to the Butler Center's vast Civil War-related holdings. Readers with research interests will find manuscript collection finding aids, which are divided into Union and Confederate sources and provide detailed descriptions of the contents of each collection. Letters, diaries, official documents, and photographs are all searchable through these aids. Many have been digitized and posted to the site for the convenience of researchers. Two of the first collections digitized include information on the understudied topics of African-American involvement in the Civil War and unionists from Arkansas. Other resources include lesson plans for teachers; lists of books, photographs, and microfilm available in the research room at the Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock; and information on the numerous online databases the Butler Center subscribes to. The website can be viewed at http://www.butlercenter.org/civilwararkansas/index. html.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission website has added ten new podcasts, created in cooperation with the School of Mass Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. They include Dr. Kenneth C. Barnes of the University of Central Arkansas on the Williams Clan, the noted band of "Mountain Feds" he wrote about in the Autumn 1993 AHQ; Archie Moore on the efforts of soldiers in the United States Colored Troops to acquire education for themselves and their families; Jack Myers of the Delta Cultural Center on the career of the gunboat USS Tyler; Alan Thompson of Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on the post colonies in Northwest Arkansas and the adventures of cross-dressing Confederate guerrilla Howell A. "Doc" Rayburn; Ronnie A. Nichols on the road to freedom and military service of former slaves in the Arkansas; Dr. Bill Gurley of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on the "Confederate Grizzlies" in Mosby Parsons' Missouri Division and on the life and death of General Parsons; and Dr. Jamie Brandon of the Arkansas Archeological Survey on conflict archeology in Arkansas. To hear the podcasts series, visit www.arkansascivilwar150.com

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission also offers free cell-phone tours of battlefields around the state. These cell-phone tours al- low visitors to get in-depth information about the historic sites at the touch of a button. …

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