Union Commanders at Helena during the Civil War

Helena had a number of Union generals  and colonels in charge during the Civil War while it was occupied territory. March To Helena.               … Continue reading Union Commanders at Helena during the Civil War

The Hustlerettes and the Lula Hotel

Straub, Virginia Merrifield. Phillips County Historical Quarterly. Volume 19, Number 3 & 4. June and September 1981. Published by The Phillips County Historical Society. Helena, Arkansas. This story is taken directly … Continue reading The Hustlerettes and the Lula Hotel

The Swampers Finish the War (Chapter 5)

The Mississippi Swampers of Company B had come a long way from home since June 11, 1861 when they were mustered into Confederate service, but they would have still further … Continue reading The Swampers Finish the War (Chapter 5)

Bishop Andrew Byrne

Andrew Byrne was the first Roman Catholic Bishop of the Little Rock Diocese which includes the entire state of Arkansas.  A diocese is a district under the pastoral care of … Continue reading Bishop Andrew Byrne

Mississippi Swampers are Born: Battle of Belmont and Shiloh (Chapter 1)

      The Mississippi Swampers were organized at Memphis, Tennessee on June 11, 1861.  It’s origins go further south though.  Robert J. Humphreys was the popular sheriff of Tunica … Continue reading Mississippi Swampers are Born: Battle of Belmont and Shiloh (Chapter 1)