Arkansas Post is one of those well off the beaten path Civil War sites. The Federal victory there in January 1863 is most often relegated to a sidebar, if that. But it too has a sesquicentennial. A joint effort between Arkansas Post National Memorial and Arkansas Post State Museum Park, scheduled for January 19-20, recalls the battle of Fort Hindman and how the war affected the river post.
From the national park’s web site:
On Saturday, the park will host guest speakers from 10 am to 1 pm. The morning will also include interpretive programs and an open Confederate camp . A special Memorial Ceremony is at 4 pm near the park gate. On Sunday, the Confederate camp will be open from 10 am to Noon. Arkansas Post State Park Museum and reenacting groups will host simultaneous events near the park. Parking will be at select locations in the town of Gillett with free shuttle service to the activities and back to your vehicle.
From what I read, the planned events are not as extensive as at the “cannon ball” parks. And I am not saying there should be such. After all, to walk the battlefield around Fort Hindman, you’d need to do some water-walking (although the river is down this season).
To me at least, that even smaller sesquicentennial events are getting notice is a good thing.