Volunteers to Clean Up Civil War Sites in Arkansas

MARCH 16, 2004 - Posted at 2:07 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A preservation group is including six Civil War sites in Arkansas in a nationwide clean-up set for later this month.

On March 27, volunteers with the Civil War Preservation Trust will blaze trails, rake leaves and tidy up as part of the eighth annual Park Day.

The Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett is one of the sites slated for clean-up.  Donna Evans at the memorial says about 50 volunteers will help with the work.

At Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery in Austin and Camp White Sulphur Springs Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, volunteers are being asked to pick up garbage, trim shrubs and do some basic groundskeeping.  Headquarters House Museum in Fayetteville is also on the list.

At the site of Arkansas' Confederate capital at Old Washington Historic State Park, the 1836 Courthouse is scheduled for a sprucing up.

Prarie Grove Battlefield Historic State Park in Prarie Grove is slated for the most work.  Volunteers are to build a new trail along the battleground.

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