The American Civil War shaped the course of the country's history and its national identity. This is no less true for the state of Arkansas. Throughout the Natural State, people have paid homage and remembrance to those who fought and what was fought for in memorial celebrations and rituals. The memory of the war has been kept alive by reunions and preservationists, continuing to shape the way the War Between the States affects Arkansas and its people. Historian W. Stuart Towns expertly tells the story of Arkansas's Civil War heritage through its rituals of memorial, commemoration and celebration that continue today.
About the Author
W. Stuart Towns, PhD is a historian that lives in Forrest City, Arkansas. He is a retired professor of communications and rhetoric and retired Army Reserves Captain. He has published four other books on Southern rhetoric and public history.
Table of Contents
1 Creating and Sustaining the Heritage of the Civil War Across the South: The Big Picture 15
2 "In the Tender Spring-Time": Confederate Memorial Day in Arkansas 26
3 On the Monument Trail: Building the Heritage in Stone 40
4 Still Telling War Stories: Gathering Around the Campfires 107
5 Keeping the Heritage Alive: Arkansas's Civil War Heritage in the Twenty-First Century 126
Appendix: Sesquicentennial Historical Markers Completed 141
For Further Reading 143
About the Author 159