Steele's Army - The Campaign for Little Rock and Beyond

May Meeting of the Litchfield GAR Civil War Roundtable

Thursday, May 13th at 1:30pm

Meeker County Museum/Virtual

Advance RSVP Required

After Vicksburg, August of 1863, General Steele was assigned to a newly formed Union Army, created in Arkansas, with the purpose of capturing Little Rock and controlling the state for the Union. The men journeyed from Helena, via Clarendon and DeValls Bluff, to Little Rock and drove off General Price's rebel army. We will follow the Army's footsteps via photos, maps and words (from the 3rd Minnesota). The battle sites of the 1860s will also be compated to modern day photos captured in 2015.


Gary Blessman is the gr-gr-grandson of a soldier who served in Steele's army as part of the 126th Illinois Infantry.  Gary is a member of the Litchfield G.A.R. round table. He has presented various Civil War topics in Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin and in Minnesota to diverse groups such as a MENSA chapter, senior adults, the Litchfield Civil War round table, historical societies, and public and private schools.

This will be an in-person event at the Meeker County Museum. If anyone wishes to attend virtually, please send an email to Museum Director, Bayley Schluter (

What: Litchfield GAR Civil War Roundtable

Date: Thursday, May 13. 1:30pm

Cost: $3 guest admission. Free for members of the Roundtable

Location: Meeker County Museum. Virtual attendance is available.