Meeting Minutes

Dee Lois Lawrence, president, called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Grant County Museum in Sheridan.  She called on Richard Jenkins to open the meeting with prayer.
Secretary  Mr. Wilson gave a brief report on the minutes from the last meeting which was held at Leola City Hall.
Treasurer’s report: was given by Janet Wallace, treasurer.
Various planning topics occurred concerning The Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Park Day for 7th graders from Poyen and Sheridan School’s, scheduled for Friday, May 1. We expect over 300 students to attend. It was decided that if the park is overflowed due to the recent rains, the event will be held at the Leola City Park.
There will be 6 stations set up to give the students information:
1.        Model of the ferry
2.        Pontoon Bridge
3.        Artillery and Explanation of Flags
4.        Women’s Life
5.        Relics
6.        Jenkins’ Family History
The Park officials will contact the group when they will be available to help the group clean the debris from the park.
Several donations were obtained by committee members, for Heritage Day May 2, 2015 at the Grant County Museum. The Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield will be a food vender for the event as a fund raiser for the organization. Some of the business that have been so gracious to support us with donations of their products are Mad Butcher in Sheridan: Wal-Mart in Sheridan: Frito Lay, Little Rock:   PACTIV, Malvern: Walgreens, Malvern: Food Center, Malvern: Wal-Mart, Malvern:  Burger King, Sheridan: a member gave money to buy items that were not otherwise donated. Thanks to all who donated.
Discussion then turn to  the menu,  Homemade cookies are to be made for sale by  the Beta Club from Poyen School as a service project.  Volunteers will be needed to serve.
Lindsey Stanton, GCM director, thanked the group for attending Heritage Day on May 2 and ask for a estimate as to how many re-enactors will attend, estimated the number at 20.
Mr. Lawrence was volunteered to sell items at the registration table.
Mrs. Lawrence called on Roy Wilson to report on the progress on the historical marker project.  She shared copies of a couple of the marker texts that Mark Christ had sent to us for review.  President Lawrence then asked for a motion that the FOJFB organization would pay for any additional expenses associated with the markers.  Mrs. Stuckey made the motion and Gerald Harper, vice-president, seconded.  Unanimous approval was received.
It was announced the April 2015 event pictures disc that was created could be  made  available for someone to mass produce  for sale.
 It was asked that each person  think about what we could do to show progress and bring their ideas back to the May 19 th meeting.
One  idea suggested was,  a one day event annually with a ball in the evening. It was also suggested that more news items be placed in the Sheridan Headlight
NEXT MEETING:  Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at:
            *the new Wright Ranch House restaurant (formerly Larry’s Pizza) on Highway 167B Rock Street,  or if not finished, perhaps back at the Grant County Museum.  President Lawrence said she would remind all in an email before the May 19 meeting.
President Lawrence called to adjourn if no other business.
  Meeting was adjourned.
Roy Wilson, Secretary
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Meeting Notice


Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield

Tuesday, May 19 , 2015

Grant County Museum
Sheridan, Arkansas

6:30 PM

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Please, notice meeting place change

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Park Day Cancelled

April 17, 2015 Leave a comment

FOJFB Members:

State Park Ranger and several of our members have reported that the river is still overflowing it’s banks into the park. So taking that and the weather forecast of another 2 inches of rain we have decided to cancel Park Day 2015 this Saturday. We will reschedule clean up day at our meeting next Tuesday night.

Remember, Meeting next Tuesday night at 6:30 PM at the Grant County Museum. We will be looking forward to seeing you there

DeeLois Lawrence,

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Notice Meeting

April 15, 2015 Leave a comment


Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield

Tuesday April 21, 2015

Grant County Museum
Sheridan, Grant County, Arkansas

6:30 PM

Planning Upcoming Events
School Day at the Battlefield State Park, May 1,2015
Grant County Museum Heritage Day, May 2, 2015

Check out updates on the FOJFB Web Site

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Please, notice meeting place change

site hosted by the Civil War Hub of Arkansas

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Map to the Battle of Jenkins Ferry 150

February 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Click HERE for a full event line up and a map to the event site!

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Battle of Jenkins Ferry 150 Registration Forms

February 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Click HERE for the registration forms for participants and vendors!

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2013 Events for FOJFB

January 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Dear Friends,


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:  or  870 942-2936.

Monthly Meetings

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!

Heritage Day

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 (, 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:

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

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