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To observe the Civil War's anniversary, at Pine Bluff, the old Boone Murphy House is being renovated. The house served as a Union Army headquarters in the Civil War for a spell.

In Helena-West Helena, reconstruction of a Union Army fort near downtown and an encampment where slaves left plantations and joined Union soldiers is nearing completion.

And in Batesville, the Independence County Historical Society and Batesville Community Theatre are putting the final touches on a reader's theater production that will feature eyewitness accounts of the Civil War in that northeast Arkansas county.

Mark Christ, a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, says Arkansas' secession from the union was arguably the most important event in the state's history.

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