Civil War Sesquicentennial Observance Planned

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Planning continues for the annual Battle of Chalk Bluff re-enactment, set for the first weekend in May. Due to wet conditions, the 2013 re-enactment was staged around the pavilion at the park and drew a large crowd of spectators.(file photo)

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission (ACWSC) is sponsoring a number of activities to celebrate the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery. In early May the Battle of Chalk Bluff will also be re-enacted, as the four-year-long observance continues.

On April 14, 2015, the ACWSC is asking churches, public buildings, educational institutions and individuals across the state to celebrate the passage of the 13th Amendment. Those wanting to participate are asked to ring bells 13 times at 13:00 (1 p.m.) to mark the occasion. The commission will also be holding a bell-ringing event at that time on the steps of the State Capitol in Little Rock.

All those planning ahead to participate in the bell-ringings around the state will be listed on the ACWSC website at The public is also invited to attend the event at the capitol, or host their own observance. Additional information may be obtained, and individual celebrations may be reported, by contacting Mark Christ at 501 324-9184 or by email at

The commission also awarded a grant to Clay County recently, to offset the cost of gunpowder and hay and straw for the annual Chalk Bluff re-enactment. This year's observance of the Battle of Chalk Bluff will be held over the course of two days, Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, at the park north of Piggott.

Those wanting more information about the Chalk Bluff re-enactment may call Judge Gary Howell's office at 870 598-2667.

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