Civil War Heritage Trails

The Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail is a network of six regional private, nonprofit, volunteer organizations seeking to identify, protect, interpret and promote Arkansas properties related to the state's Civil War experience. General guidance for the groups is provided by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The six trails have 501( c ) 3 status under the aegis of the Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails Foundation.

Contact your region's ACWHT chair.

See issues of the Arkansas Battlefield Update newsletter.

Perhaps the foremost battlefield preservation effort in Arkansas today is that of the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society, which is working to protect and interpret the site of the August 27, 1863, Battle of Bayou Meto (Reed’s Bridge) in Jacksonville.

Click here to read the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield preservation plan
Click here to read the text of the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the battlefield .

Efforts are being made in Nevada County toward preserving the National Historic Landmark battlefield’s at Prairie D’Ane/Moscow and Elkins’ Ferry. Click here to read a pdf copy of the Nevada County Battlefields preservation plan. Click here to read the National Historic Landmark for Prairie D’Ane/Moscow and click here to read the nomination for Elkins’ Ferry.

The Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield have been working to preserve the site of the April 30, 1864, battle fought in the bottoms of the Saline River. You can read the preservation plan for the Jenkins' Ferry Battlefield here.

The links below provide additional information about assistance for battlefield preservation and about the Civil War in Arkansas.

Civil War Battlefield Preservation Links

The Civil War Preservation Trust is America's largest non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war's history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it.

The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. The goals of the program are 1) to protect battlefields and sites associated with armed conflicts that influenced the course of our history, 2) to encourage and assist all Americans in planning for the preservation, management, and interpretation of these sites, and 3) to raise awareness of the importance of preserving battlefields and related sites for future generations. The ABPP focuses primarily on land use, cultural resource and site management planning, and public education. 

Several websites provide information on the Civil War in Arkansas:

Arkansas Civil War 150
Arkansas in Civil War Message Board
Civil War Buff