Documenting Arkansas: The Civil War 1861-1865
This book reflects our belief that the complex story of Arkansas in wartime is best told as close to experientially as one can come at this remove. After Gettysburg, Lincoln famously observed that the nation had only begun "fourscore and seven years" before. As this book is printed, we stand sevenscore and nine years, or seven and a half generations, away from that day. That war does not still live in human memory. But it does still live in the scenes recorded and the documents created in the midst of wartime. Turning these pages transports one back to a bygone era and a society changed forever by something northerners did not experience -- loss of a wager hazarded on the iron dice of war.
Arkansas History Commission
Arkansas, Civil War
Richter, Wendy Bradley, "Documenting Arkansas: The Civil War 1861-1865" (2012). Books and Monographs. 37.