Exhibit chronicles Arkansas’ Civil War history


“Fought in earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” a free traveling exhibit chronicling major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865, will be displayed through Jan. 28 at Arkansas Post Museum State Park. The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The “Fought in earnest” exhibit contains fifteen free-standing banners that showcase images from the Arkansas History Commission’s holdings. Original documents, photographs, maps, drawings, paintings and artifacts illustrate the story of the Civil War in Arkansas. These primary source materials offer a first-hand look at the lives of Confederate and Union soldiers, government officials and civilians from 1861 to 1865.

“We wanted to develop several types of materials to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Arkansas,” said Wendy Richter, state historian and director of the History Commission. “I am very pleased that Arkansas Post Museum State Park is sharing this intimate glimpse into Arkansas’ role in the Civil War with their visitors and community.”

Other Civil War materials developed by the Commission for the sesquicentennial include two books, “Traveled through a fine country: The Journal of Captain Henry Brockman,” and “Documenting Arkansas; The Civil War 1861-1865”, the companion book to “Fought in earnest.” Online order forms for these publications are available at http://www.ark-ives.com/documenting/publications.aspx.

For more information about the exhibit at Arkansas Post Museum, call the museum at (870) 548-2634 or email arkansaspostmuseum@arkansas.gov.

To schedule the exhibit in your institution call the Arkansas History Commission at (501) 682-6900 or e-mail state.archives@arkansas.gov.