The Helena Battlefield Crew is one of several groups helping clean up the community. Tasked with preserving and maintaining original battlefield property throughout the community, the Helena Battlefield Crew works year round to clean markers, mow grass, rake leaves, and many other functions that help bring the battlefield back to life.

The Helena Battlefield Crew is one of several groups helping clean up the community. Tasked with preserving and maintaining original battlefield property throughout the community, the Helena Battlefield Crew works year round to clean markers, mow grass, rake leaves, and many other functions that help bring the battlefield back to life.

The Battlefield Crew is sponsored by the local Seven Generals Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp No. 135, making any contribution to the Battlefield Crew tax-deductible.

The Helena Battlefield Crew's growing list of volunteers accounts for more than $10,000 of in-kind local contributions for tourism-related grants for the community. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate in a perpetual battlefield cleanup and maintenance program that focuses on sites in the community that are visited by Civil War heritage tourists.

Sites that the Battlefield Crew maintains or helps with include all Civil War Helena interpretative markers, the Confederate Cemetery, Battery C, and adjacent properties including abandoned lots.

The Battlefield Crew welcomes donations of any size.  The organization even welcomes the donation of land on the original battle site extending from Crowley's Ridge to the Mississippi River. Even land donations are tax-deductible. 

To donate or to become a volunteer for the Battlefield Crew, contact Ron Kelley at 870-592-0079 or email info@arkansastoothpick.com. The Battlefield Crew meets every second Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the 1912 Train Depot on Missouri Street. Refreshments are served and Civil War-related door prizes are given.

More information at www.arkansastoothpick.com.