Conway County in the Civil War / Murder of John Clayton Historical

Conway County in the Civil War / Murder of John Clayton Historical (HM1THC)

Location: Morrilton, AR 72110 Conway County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 9.217', W 92° 39.802'

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Conway County in the Civil War

Conway County men served in both the Union and Confederate armies in the Civil War. Co. I, 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, Co. B, Carroll's Cavalry, Co. I, 36th Arkansas Infantry, and several companies of the 10th Arkansas Infantry fought for the Confederacy. Two companies of local men served in the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.) and were based in Lewisburg (modern-day Morrilton). While no major battles were fought in Conway County, several skirmishes occurred there and the 3rd Arkansas spent much of its time fighting with guerrillas and Witt's Cavalry.

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Murder of John Clayton

John Clayton, the brother of Arkansas's Reconstruction Governor Powell Clayton, came to Arkansas in 1867 and became active in Republican politics. He served as both representative and senator in the state legislature and was a five-term sheriff of Jefferson County. In 1888, Clayton ran for U.S. Congress, losing by 746 votes out of 34,000 cast. In January 1889, he came to Plumerville to investigate the theft of a ballot box from an African American precinct that supported him. On Jan. 29, he was fatally shot. His murderer was never identified.
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2015
Placed By2015 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Plummerville Cemetery Arkansas Humanities Council Department of Arkansas Heritage Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
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Date Added Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 530660 N 3890130
Decimal Degrees35.15361667, -92.66336667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 9.217', W 92° 39.802'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 9' 13.02" N, 92° 39' 48.12" W
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Area Code(s)501
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 785 Sardis Rd, Morrilton AR 72110, US
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