Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas, a free traveling exhibit chronicling major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865, will be displayed on the first floor of Bailey Library at Hendrix College from Nov. 4–Nov. 26 during the hours the library is open: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. to midnight

Fought in earnest contains fifteen free-standing banners that showcase images from the Arkansas History Commission’s holdings. Original documents, photographs, maps, drawings, paintings and artifacts illustrate the story of the Civil War in Arkansas. These primary source materials offer a first-hand look at the lives of Confederate and Union soldiers, government officials and civilians from 1861 to 1865.

"We wanted to develop several types of materials to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Arkansas," stated Dr. Lisa Speer, State Historian and the History Commission’s Director. She continued, "I am very pleased that Hendrix College is sharing this intimate glimpse into Arkansas’s role in the Civil War with their visitors and community."

Other Civil War materials developed by the Commission for the sesquicentennial include two books, Traveled through a fine country: The Journal of Captain Henry Brockman and Documenting Arkansas: The Civil War 1861-1865, the companion book to Fought in earnest. Online order forms for these publications are available here.

For more information about the exhibit at Hendrix College, contact Library Director Britt Anne Murphy at 501-450-1288 or To schedule the exhibit in your institution call the Arkansas History Commission at 501.682.6900 or e-mail

This exhibit was produced in part by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, funded by the Arkansas Real Estate Transfer Tax.