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The year, 2013 has been a wonderful year for the Friends Of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield. We started out right with area businesses renewing their sponsorships which we appreciate. We gain new sponsorships which is always a good sign that we have community support.
The Grant County and Sheridan Greater Area Chamber Of Commerce, Grant County Museum, Grant County Judge Kemp Nall, Mayor Stephen Davis, of Leola and Mayor Joe Wise of Sheridan helped us in securing our Federal Park Service $40,000 Civil War Battlefield Preservation Grant. We sent Ron Kelly, Co-chairman, to Washington D.C. and upon his return to us, he inform us of all the do’s and don’ts so we would always be in compliance. Brenda Gray Stuckey, Sec./Treasurer has worked diligently to accomplish the above and she is also helping us to keep our plans for the 150th Sesquicentennial schedule for April 26 -27, 2014 moving forward. Joe and Marie Britt of Waterdog & Mudpuppy of Versailles, Kentucky has written our Draft after we had two open meetings.The first meeting was on April 16, 2013 and the second meeting was on August 6, 2013.
Brenda and I secured a $1,000 grant for publication expenses from Walmart Inc. of Bentonville, Arkansas. We will be eligible again to applying for a grant for $2,500 in February, 2014.
Mary Bennett Baxley, employed with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as the Administrator for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, has been instrumental in securing one grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council for $3,488.00 and a second grant from the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission for $2,000 which will go a long way in covering our 150th Commeration expenses. Please keep a record of your volunteer time and expenses because we need a record of all the “In-kind” expenditures which will in turn help us to secure future government and or private sector grants. If you have any questions regarding the above please feel free to contact Brenda G. Stuckey at the following: firstname.lastname@example.org or 870 942-2936.
Monthly meetings are being held at Cotija Mexican Restaurant on South Rock Street in Sheridan. Our meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. We are planning for our 150th Commemoration which will be held at the Sheridan Recreational Center on South Rose Street/Arkansas Highway 46, on April 26 – 27, 2014. We will have a tour bus on Saturday(April 26) leaving at 10:00 a.m. going to Leola for a memorial service scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Taylor Cemetery. Immediately following the Arkansas State Parks and Tourism Department will have a program in the Jenkins’ Ferry Civil War Battlefield State Park on Highway 46 only 10 miles South from Sheridan. We are also at 10:00 a.m. providing a bus tour for visitors to our awesome Grant County Museum which also has the Jenkins’ Ferry Room. We will repeat the tours as scheduled above on Sunday (April 27) and as planned on both days the tour buses will return by noon. We thank Teeters Motors for donating the buses for this event.
Most notably you will not want to miss Ed Bearss, Chief Historian-National Park Service, retired. He will be describing the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry which took place on April 29 – 30, 1864. You likely can find him on your computer by going to u-tube and see him lecturing at other events and you’re going to be in for a treat!
The Grant County Museum invited us to co-host the Heritage Day. We were given permission to raise money by operating the Cafe on the Heritage Square. It was a cool day so we sold out of beans and cornbread. Homemade cookies, cold drinks hamburgers and hot dogs and popcorn also sold well. Having the re-enactors with the artillery and the medical tent representing the Civil War always draws a large number of people.
The pioneers of Arkansas were well representatives of 1845 -1865 in manner of clothing, crafts such as rope making, spinning wool and displays of lighting fixtures. All types of antique guns were also on display.
Financial Contributions & Volunteers
We have received several financial contributions during the year from members as well as nonmembers. Others have donated items and/or are lending us items which we will make use of during the 150th Commemoration. No doubt you know by now that we have besides the outstanding Timberfest volunteers the hardest working volunteers of any civic organization who give of their time and expertise.
We are very proud also of the Poyen High Schools Beta Club Class, for producing a blueprint outlining where various vendors will be setting up shop. The Sheridan School District has furnished us with our Facebook page (facebook.com/friendsofjenkinsferry), painting murals and offering to videotape our event. The Boy Scouts of America will be camping out alongside the re-enactors camp site and helping us in policing the grounds. Arkansas State Police, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Sheridan Police Department along with the Leola Constable will be patrolling.
Our volunteers ran our period decorated Timberfest booth and we won first place with our float, “Brother Against Brother” in the Timberfest parade.
One of the highlights of the year was the Grant County Museum hosting the the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission and providing a delicious salad luncheon. The Sheridan Church of Christ provided a bus and driver making it possible for our guest to tour where the first skirmish took place (Cannonball House /Confederate & Union Hospital) on April 29, 1864 and the three agricultural fields (1. Jenkins & Carver, 2. Dortch, and 3. Tucker which covered the 4 miles of the Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield of April 30, 1864. We pointed out in the Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield State Park the very sight of the Jenkins Ferry landing where the Union India rubber pontoon bridge stretched across the Saline River allowing the Union troops to make good on their retreat back to Little Rock.
Our greatest fundraising success to date has been in selling our “Battle Of Jenkins’ Ferry /Red River Campaign and Camden Expedition” Afghans. The cost is $50 per Afghan and $12 postage if you would like for us to send it to you. We are well on our way of having sold 130 Afghan.
Re-enactors Registration Forms
The Reenactors Registration Form can be accessed online: email@example.com.
Hayes Swayze, Artillery, or Will Hardage, Calvary, can be contacted as they attend reenactment programs in Arkansas or Louisiana. Both men are members of FOJFB.
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
It is not too soon for our out-of-town guest to make reservations for the Hilcrest Inn ((870) 942 – 5995) North Rock Street in Sheridan. Remember to tell them when you’re making your reservations that you will be attending the 150th Commemoration so you will receive your discount. Also, guest and re-enactor’s please send us information regarding any ancestors who may have fought for the North and/or South in the battle of Jenkins’ Ferry or have been a civilian, perhaps, living in the area in April 1864 because we would like to start making name-tags for you in advance.
Wishing for all of you a happy new year!
Richard K. Jenkins, Chairman
Ron Kelly, Co-chairman
Brenda Gray Stuckey, Secretary/Treasurer
Friends Of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield
January 01, 2014
We have our beautiful Battle Of Jenkins’ Ferry Afghan for sale. The price is $50.00 and if we mail it there is a shipping fee of $13.00. If mailed the total charge is $63.00 The afghan is 54″ X 70″ and is washable.
Mail check to FOJFB – 165 Grant 81 – Sheridan, AR 72150 or contact us at friendsofjenkinsferry.@gamil.com
F.O.J.F.B. meeting was opened by our chaplain, Ken Bolden who recited the Gettysburg address and reminded us that our soldiers are never forgotten. Chaplin Bolton concluded with a prayer.
Keith Bell from Arkansas state Park & Tourism (Lake Catherine) outlined plans for a “School Day” at the Jenkins’ Ferry Civil War Battlefield State Park featuring among others Mr. Bill Saunders who will present his display of medicines likely used during the Jenkins’ Ferry skirmish and battle on April 29-30,1864.
We could not be prouder of all our volunteers who decorated and provide our beautiful float for the Timberfest Parade. Congratulations on winning first place in the float competition. Thank you volunteers for our outstanding Timberfest Booth. Our time spent there as volunteers was a wonderful experience.
Roy Wilson announced that we have scheduled the Civil War Ensemble of the Conway’s Women’s Chorus. This is a group of ladies who will be appearing in Civil War period dresses. They will perform on Saturday afternoon on the outdoor stage and also on Saturday evening at the Sheridan Recreational Center before The 12 String Louisiana Band with a Civil War Dance caller.
The Poyen Beta Club will be drafting the blueprint for Joe Gresson’s part in preparing the layout for the event.. The greater Grant County and Sheridan Chamber of Commerce has offered us the use of the Timberfest tents.
We have so many people we wish to thank and will be adding to our list as we go forward. Teeters Motors here in Sheridan will be helping us with vans to take visitors to Jenkins’ Ferry/Leola area and to the Grant County Museum. Remember our sponsor, Hilcrest Inn is giving everyone who is coming to the event a discount in their lodging. Make sure you tell them it is for the 150th event.
If you have even tentative plans to attend the Jenkins Ferry Battlefield, Sesquicentennial 150th year Commemoration, scheduled for April 26-27, 2014 please provide us with your names and the name of your ancestors who were a part of the civilian population or who were soldiers in Confederate and/or Union armies. Yes, there were some who fought on both sides. We would like to know their unit’s, divisions, Artillery Calvary, and Infantry so we may put this information on your name tags and have them ready for you upon your arrival.
Mark your calendars for November 19, 2013. That is our next scheduled meeting at 6:30 pm here in Sheridan at Cotija’s Mexican Restaurant.
Click HERE to download the Jenkins Ferry Battlefield Preservation Plan. Please leave a comment on what you think of it: any corrections, errors, comments. We will use these comments in reviewing any changes that may be needed.
Greetings fellow History Lover!
We are writing to you so that you will have the latest information about the scheduled open meeting at the Sheridan Recreational Center scheduled for August 6, 2013 at 6:30p.m. regarding the Friends Of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield Civil War State Park improvements. As you know the federal Parks Service provided us with a $40,000 grant which we used to contract Joe & Marie Brent of Mudpuppy & Waterdog, who are writing the final plan of action for us.
Because you live quite some distance from us we understand that it is likely that you will not be able to attend the meeting. Nevertheless, we want you to know how valuable your membership and partnership is to us. The purpose of this letter is to solicit your ideas and suggestions regarding what you would like to see happen as we set our long and short term goals. The public phase of this project will be completed no later than September 20, 2014.
If in the past you have visited the Jenkins Ferry battlefields, you will know the amount of work that needs to be accomplished. We have our work cut out for us! We have a long way to go before it becomes the Gettysburg of the South! So, what ‘m asking from you is an out-of-state tourist’s viewpoint and suggestions regarding what you would like to see when you come to view the Jenkins Ferry Battlefield Civil War State Park of the future. What do the nearby communities and counties need to be able to offer you in the way of making your visit enjoyable and memorable?