Phillips County's Confederate Soldiers

Phillips County's Confederate Soldiers (HM2282)

Location: Helena-West Helena, AR 72342 Phillips County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 31.711', W 90° 35.321'

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Between 1861 and 1865, several hundred men— one-third of
the able-bodied men in Phillips County — joined the
Confederate army. Most enlisted in the opening weeks of the
Civil War. The volunteers joined the ranks of the 2nd, 13th,
15th, and 23rd Arkansas Infantry regiments, Key's Battery
(Helena Light Artillery), and Dobbins' 1st Arkansas Cavalry.

Served under Helena's Gen. Cleburne

The 2nd, 13th, and 15th Arkansas infantries and Key's
Battery fought in the Western Theater of the war, for the
most part under Gen. Patrick Cleburne. The 13th was
engaged also at Belmont, Missouri. Key's Battery fought and
surrendered at Selma, Alabama.

Took Part in Price's Missouri Expedition

The 23rd Arkansas took part in the Iuka-Corinth Campaign,
fighting at Corinth and Hatchie's Bridge. It later became part
of the garrison at Port Hudson, Louisiana, where it was
captured. When exchanged the regiment joined Price's
Missouri Expedition.

Dobbins' 1st Arkansas Cavalry was engaged at the battles of
Helena and Tulip, and took part in the Little Rock Campaign.
The regiment returned to Phillips County where it fought at
Big Creek before joining Prices Missouri Expedition.

Generals Hindman and Tappan

Though no
other men from Phillips County took part,
Gen. Thomas Hindman commanded the Confederate
forces at the Battle of Prairie Grove and Gen. James Tappan
led a brigade at the battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill and
Jenkins' Ferry.

[Photo captions]
Bottom left: Artifacts: Spent Minie balls: from the collection of the late Joe Medonia, Helena, Arkansas; 1860 Army Colt revolver, CS belt buckle and sword: William Penn, Midway, Kentucky; reproduction Minie balls and Confederate half-dollars: Joseph Brent, Versailles, Kentucky.
Bottom middle: Flag of Dobbins' 1st Arkansas Cavalry - Courtesy Old State House Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Top right: Flag of Key's Battery - Courtesy Old State House Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Background: Map of Battles in which Phillips County Men Fought
HM NumberHM2282
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 721314 N 3823400
Decimal Degrees34.52851667, -90.58868333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 31.711', W 90° 35.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 31' 42.66" N, 90° 35' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 623 Pecan St, Helena-West Helena AR 72342, US
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