Civil War Heritage Trail
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.
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. (NOTE: the file is 10 MBs)
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 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. http://www.civilwar.org/
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. http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/index.htm
Two websites provide information on the Civil War in Arkansas: http://www.history-sites.com/mb/cw/arcwmb/ and http://www.civilwarbuff.org.