If you love history and Civil War history especially, then make plans to visit Paris, Arkansas this summer where the Haguewood Prairie Battle was fiercely fought between the Confederate and Union armies. Here is a new story release sure to whet your history appetite!
The Arkansas River Valley has had a very busy and productive year of commemoration of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial. During the past year, we have held commemorative events in Dardanelle, Fort Smith, and Van Buren and have dedicated a battlefield and monument at Haguewood Prairie near Paris. A monument dedication for the city of Waldron is planned for May.
During the coming year, units in the Arkansas River Valley will be honoring the memory of Arkansas’s First Congressional Medal of Honor winner. First Sergeant William Elise of Company K, Third Wisconsin Cavalry, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor and bravery above and beyond the call of duty of January 14, 1865, at Dardanelle, Arkansas.
Elise enlisted in the Union Army at Little Rock, Arkansas. He is representative of the large number of Arkansans (one Arkansan in five who fought in the war did so wearing the Union blue) who did not favor secession.
In January of 1865 the Confederates sent a detachment of troops under Colonel William H. Brooks to harass Union steamboats traveling on the Arkansas River between Little Rock and Fort Smith. To stop the Confederate attack the Union commander at Lewisburg, Colonel Abraham H. Ryan, sent Major James D. Jenks with 276 men to occupy Dardanelle and contest control of the south bank of the Arkansas River.
At 10 a.m. on January 14, 1865, Brooks with 1,500 men attacked the Union forces entrenched on the outskirts of the town and a fierce four-hour battle was waged. In the end Colonel Brooks was unable to overcome the Union defenders of the town and was forced to retreat.
During the battle Elise held his position even after receiving three wounds and would not withdraw for medical attention until he received a fourth wound and was ordered to retire by his commanding officer.
The memorial above can be seen on the State Capitol grounds and Dardanelle has erected a memorial near Dardanelle Rock. A short drive west up highway 22 to Paris will bring you to the Haguewood Prairie Memorial and Monument. This beautiful rainbow stone memorial was placed during Paris Frontier Days and commemorates the a battle that occurred near the site on September 27, 1863.
News Submission by Curtis Varnell, PhD.
Mark your calendars! FRONTIER DAY IS SATURDAY, OCT. 5. Spend the day in beautiful Paris, Arkansas and experience true home town Americana.
The 34th Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival will be located at the Logan County Fairgrounds at 144 Airport Industrial Park and E. Highway 22
The Paris Chamber of Commerce released the event schedule and general information. LOTS to do and a whole day to do it in. Plan to come out~ ‘Where Yesterday Meets Today for a Day’
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Every year on the first Saturday in October, Paris hosts the Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival. The event is a day full of entertainment, contests, and lots and lots of fun. Anyone attending the event is encouraged to dress in Frontier appropriate attire and participate in this fun filled old fashion celebration of our pioneer heritage! For more information, contact the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce at 479-963-2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to invite you to join us Saturday, October 5, 2013 in downtown Paris on the courthouse square and at the Logan County Fairgrounds, for our 34th Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival.
The festivities begin at 9am with the annual Frontier Day Parade which begins at Cloyes Gear and travels East on Highway 22 to 5th street then the square fills up with antique and classic cars for the Annual Antique & Classic Car Show **on the courthouse square this year**
Opening Ceremonies will be at 10am at the Logan County Fairgrounds with the dedication of the Haguewood Prairie Civil War Battle Historical Marker.
From 10AM-5PM, the day is packed with arts & craft & food vendors, old fashioned games and contests with prizes to the winners.
A Sesquicentennial Civil War Observance with Civil War cannon & musket fire demonstrations, a battle re-enactment, Civil War encampment.
A pioneer dress contest will be held for men, women & children, along with events like the annual Box Turtle Race, Log Sawing, Nail Driving & Hay Bale Tossing.
There will be live musical entertainment on the stage inside the Main Exhibit Hall. Activities for the children are also highlighted throughout the day with old fashioned make and take crafts and educational programs in the Civil War Exhibit area.
The CASA of the Tri-Peaks, Logan County 4-H Clubs and the Rural Fire Departments will be hosting a fantasticKIDZ Zone from 10AM-5PM with many FREE or low expense activities.
The Logan County PieceMakers Quilt Guild will have a quilt show held inside the main exhibit hall at the Logan County Fairgrounds from 10-5.
The Miss Mt. Magazine Pageant will top off the fun packed day and will be held at the Middle School Auditorium at 602 North 10th at 5 pm.
“The Haguewood Prairie Civil War Battle”, a Student Reenactment project beginning on Monday, May the 20th, three Logan County school districts will be teaming up to allow their students to conduct a Civil War battle reenactment in full period clothing. Working in conjunction, Dr. Curtis Varnell of the Western Arkansas Educational Co-op and The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council was applied for and received for the “In the Shadow of the Mountains: Civil War in Arkansas” project. Paris, Subiaco, and Scranton school districts will be involved with the staging and production.
“The Haguewood Prairie Fight” Civil War battle documentary film is chronicling the Haguewood Prairie Battle of September 27,1863 which occurred near Paris and involved 800 Confederate Troops on the way into Missouri on The Great Raid and 80 members of the First Arkansas Infantry Company H (US). Commanding officers were Colonel Joseph Shelby & Captain “Tuck” Thorpe (Confederate Calvary) and Captain William C. Parker (US First Arkansas Infantry Company H – “Mountain Feds”) The Haguewood Prairie Battle occurred in Logan County one mile northeast of the Paris Courthouse.
Students dressing in period clothing will be representing key relevant figures from either side of the conflict. The reenactment will be held in two stages. The first stage of the reenactment will take place in the form of the participating students being interviewed as the historical figures that they are portraying while dressed in period clothing. The second stage of the reenactment will be filmed with the students on location at The Haguewood Prairie battlefield.
Dr. Curtis Varnell was instrumental in applying for the grant which is provided by The Arkansas Humanities Council and is awarded to artists, community organizations, and government entities that want to offer public humanities programs. The grant funding also allows for the filming and subsequent video production of the entire event. The Western Arkansas Educational Co-Op has secured the services of “This Is Arkansas” team members Ray Bertram, Michael Schwarz, and Michael Johnson in conjunction with professional Little Rock-based film videographer Bob Sandufer to assist in numerous vital facets of the reenactment. Bob Sandufer is the owner and operator of Sandefur Film & Video of Little Rock, his work is well known throughout the state of Arkansas. The Western Arkansas Educational Co-Op (along with all of the school districts involved) are very excited that he has signed on to assist in the filming of the Civil War reenactment that they are staging for their students. Ray Bertram (of This Is Arkansas) is a resident of the Petit Jean Mountain area while both his associates involved in the project, Michael Schwarz (Oklahoma City) and Michael Johnson (Petit Jean Mountain), are filmography students at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
The documentary that will be produced around the reenactment will be shown in conjunction with this year’s annual Paris Frontier Day Festival and Haguewood Prairie Battle Historic Marker dedication scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Logan County Fairgrounds 2.5 miles east of Paris on Scenic State Highway 22.