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Researching the Civil War in Arkansas

     The Arkansas History Commission has actively sought to collect documents related to the Civil War since the agency's creation in 1905. As a result of more than one hundred years of acquisition, the AHC owns the largest and most comprehensive holdings pertaining to Arkansas in the Civil War available anywhere.

     The document linked below summarizes some of the Civil War materials available at the AHC. The items are listed alphabetically by first letter of the collection title, and each collection's call number is included. All of these materials are available for use in the Arkansas History Commission's research room at One Capitol Mall in Little Rock, or copies can be ordered using the AHC's General Photocopy Order Form. Copies of Confederate or Union military service records can be requested by using the AHC's Military Service Record Order Form.

Guide to Civil War Manuscript Collections at the Arkansas History Commission

Journal of Captain Henry Brockman

     Captain Henry Brockman served in Company K, 10TH Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Confederate Army during the Civil War. In his journal, he describes in detail his daily activities, the many places he visited, and the things he saw during his time in the military. As Brockman "traveled through fine country," his tour of duty took him to major battles in Arkansas and Louisiana, including stops at Jacksonport, Pocahontas, Yellville, Des Arc, Helena, Little Rock, Benton, Arkadelphia, Warren, Camden, and Shreveport. For over 100 years, the Arkansas History Commission has preserved Brockman's writings. The captain's journal has been meticulously transcribed, and is now published and available in book format.

Brockman Diary Order Form


The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
The Civil War in Arkansas
The American Memory, Library of Congress