Battle of Jenkins Ferry 150: April 26-27, 2014

The 150th Anniversary Battle of Jenkins Ferry will be narrated live by historian Ed Bearss! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an Arkansas historic event narrated by a the former National Parks Service historian.  Bearss began his study on the Saline County battlesite in the 1960s and was the first to publish literature on the 1864 event.  April 26-27, 2014 will be your chance to see the 150th of this contest narrated by the man himself!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

9:00 – 9:30 Pass & Review of Regiments: Sheridan Band – ROTC & Retired Military / Soldiers will march in following the colors. There will be a presentation of flags and the playing of the National Anthem.

10:00 am – Noon: There will be a historic tour of the Jenkins Ferry battlefield, the Taylor Cemetery, the burning field, and the Taylor House. A bus will shuttle visitors to these locations. The bus leaves the Grant County Museum at 10:00 am.

Noon: “Civil War Ensemble of the Conway Women’s Chorus”

Vendors will be available for lunch. Arts and crafts, authors, and many other vendors will be on hand.

1:15 – 2pm: Special Guest: Ed Bearss

2:00 pm: Reenactment of the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. Narrator: Ed Bearss

5:30 – 6:30: “Civil War Ensemble of the Conway Women’s Chorus” will perform at the Recreation Center. These living historians will perform historical songs.

6:30 – 9:30 pm: Dance. Music performed by The 12th Louisiana String Band

Sunday, April 27, 2014

8:00 – 8:30am: Memorial service- FOJFB Chaplin, Ken Bolden.

10:00-noon: There will be a historic tour of the Jenkins Ferry battlefield, the Taylor Cemetery, the burning field, and the Taylor House. A bus will shuttle visitors to these locations. The bus leaves the Grant County Museum at 10:00 am.

Vendors will be available for lunch. Arts and crafts, authors, and many other vendors will be on hand.

1:30 – 2:00 pm – Special Guest Ed Bearss

2:00pm- Reenactment of the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. Narrator: Ed Bearss

Vendors – Living Historians – Reenactors:

Please begin sending in your re-enactors registration forms so you will be one of the first 50 to do so, because there is a special gift just for you! On Saturday(April 26th.) and on Sunday(April 27th.) you will have a meal ticket because we have arranged for the food vendors to serve you lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning. Mail your forms to FOJFB 165 Grant 81 – Sheridan, AR 72150

Click HERE  if you are a vendor, living historian, or reenactor and would like to participate in this event!

 

 Jenkins Ferry State Park, 2011

“…it is difficult to conceive of ground more unfavorable on which to fight a battle that in the vicinity of Jenkins’ Ferry. The battlefield was a low swamp in the Saline River bottoms, which was rendered almost impassable by the rains which had previously fallen and the bayous and lagoons which intersected it in every direction. It was over this marshy ground that my men marched and fought for nearly an hour. Their exhaustion and fatigue at the close of the action can better be imagined than portrayed.”

-Confederate Colonel Simon P. Burns of the 11th Missouri

What is the Friends of Jenkins Ferry?

Educational outreach

The Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield exist, “to protect, preserve and promote the historical significance of the Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield through funding and development of educational programs and community outreach efforts, including: tours, re-enactments, research, publications, lectures, workshops and preservation of battlefield property.”

The Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield exists to promote the Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield specifically to:

(a) Educate the public on the historical significance of the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry.

(b) Develop funding lifelines with business, as well as local, county and state governments and educational institutions.

(c) Advertise and promote the economic benefits to the local economy as a heritage destination.

(d) Work alongside battlefield property owners to encourage preservation of the battlefield from future development.

(e) Develop interpretive programs that provide a visual and/or oral history of the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry.

(f) Provide area schools with materials to aid in educating students on the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry.

Receive this collector’s wooden nickel with every donation!

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