150th anniversary Battle of Arkansas Post set for January

The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Arkansas Post will be held from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Jan. 19-20 at the Arkansas Post National Memorial and Arkansas Post State Museum at Gillett.

Re-enactments will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and at 1 p.m. Jan. 20, on a 125-acre privately owned field between the two parks. The Confederate headquarters will be located on hallowed ground 20 yards from the original, historic fighting trench. This will be the largest battle re-enactment of 2013 in the southern part of the state, according to a spokesman. Union headquarters, artillery camp and Sutlers will be at the State Museum.

Re-enactors must register to participate and pay a fee of $5 per person. The deadline to register is Dec. 30. Registration forms and information can be found at the Arkansas State Park website.

This two-day event will also include interpretive programs, Ladies’ Tea, memorial ceremony, and an old fashioned “period” dance. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

The event is free for visitors and observers.

Sponsors of this event include Friends of the Arkansas Post National Memorial, Friends of Arkansas Post State Museum, Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and Grand Prairie Historical Society.

For more information, contact Dyan Bohnert at 870-382-2017.