"Arkansas and the Civil War" is the focus of events sponsored by the Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society at the Justice Building on Friday, October 24. Lectures by prominent Civil War scholars, an exhibit on the Arkansas Supreme Court's role in the Civil War, and a display featuring popular-culture artifacts related to the Civil War Centennial (1961-65) will be open to the public free of charge.
UALR history professor Carl H. Moneyhon will speak at 10:00 a.m. on the subject of "Unionism in Arkansas." At 11:00 a.m., Arkansas Tech history professor Thomas A. DeBlack, author of the recently published "With Fire and Sword," will offer "Reflections on the Civil War and Reconstruction in Arkansas."
At 1:15 p.m., Historical Society president Bill Jones will preside over the dedication of an exhibit of rare items titled "The Arkansas Supreme Court and the Civil War." Attendees will also be invited to view "The Civil War Centennial and the Baby Boomers," a collection of Topps Civil War trading cards, Marx playset soldiers, Classics Illustrated comic books and an Avalon-Hill "Gettysburg" board game.
The final lecture will be given at 1:45 p.m. by UALR law professor L. Scott Stafford. His talk, titled "The Lost Opinions of the Civil War Supreme Court," concerns a discovery he made of decisions issued by the Confederate Arkansas Supreme Court that were never published in the official law reports.
All events will be held in the Justice Building, 625 Marshall Street, on the State Capitol grounds. Admission is free, and reservations are not required. Continuing legal education credit is available to members of the Historical Society. For more information, phone 682-6851.