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Welcome to the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. It will also benefit people outside the state who are seeking information about Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a work in progress. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what’s new.

Photo Of The Day
Blue and Gray Reunion

Reunions of Civil War veterans, for both the North and South, were common in the late nineteenth century. By the early twentieth century, with the war more than thirty years past, veterans of both sides often held combined reunions. This photograph documents one such reunion at Sulphur Springs (Benton County) in 1908.

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This Day in Arkansas History
September 26, 1911

Confederate colonel Robert Glenn Shaver gave the main address at the dedication of a monument on the Shiloh battlefield to honor all the Arkansas soldiers who fought and died there. During the Civil War, Shaver organized and was colonel to the Seventh Arkansas Regiment that became known as “Shaver’s Regiment.” After the war, his activities with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in Arkansas resulted in him fleeing the state for fear of prosecution.

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