Friday, April 25, 2008

Re-enactment of historic battle set at Chalk Bluff

By RYAN ROGERS Democrat News Staff

An important part of the country’s history soon will return to life in Clay County. The annual reenactment of the Battle of Chalk Bluff will be held at the state park located at the historic site. The event will encompass the entire weekend of Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4.

This year’s event will coincide with historic dates, as the actual battle took place from May 1 through May 2, 1863. This year’s event celebrates the 145th anniversary of the most famous Civil War battle in Northeast Arkansas.

This year also is important for Civil War enthusiasts, as 2008 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

One of the event’s coordinators, W. Danny Honnoll of Jonesboro, has been hard at work making preparations for this year’s event.

Honnoll, a Civil War historian, has been a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization for the last 28 years. He also is president of the Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails Foundation.

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