Action At Whitney's Lane

Action At Whitney's Lane (HM26SI)

Location: Kensett, AR 72082 White County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 14.768', W 91° 40.547'

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One hundred Texas Rangers and 50 local men on May 19, 1862, attacked a foraging party from the 17th Missouri Infantry (U.S.), a unit composed largely of German troops, fighting near here along Whitney's Lane. Union losses were 22 killed and 33 wounded while four Confederates were killed. The attack convinced Union Gen. Samuel Curtis to abandon his advance toward Little Rock and instead march cross-country to Helena on the Mississippi. Arkansas's capital would remain under Confederate control another year before falling to the Union.
(Killed in action listed on other side)


Killed in Action At Whitney's Lane
May 19, 1862
17th Missouri Infantry
Lang, Edward Drum Major Co. E · Greber, Michael Pvt. Co. H
Difani, Lorenz Pvt. Co. F · Ranft, William Pvt. Co. H
Grammer, Michael Pvt. Co. F · Rhein, Peter Pvt. Co. H
Hildenbrant, Francis, Pvt. Co. F · Reuter, Charles Pvt. Co. H
Meyer, John, Pvt. Co. F · Reuter, John Pvt. Co. H
Schnabel, Jacob Pvt. Co. F · Schmidt, Adam Sgt. Co. H
Tochterman, Fred Pvt. Co. F · Schmidt, Frederick Pvt. Co. H
Burkhardt, Jacob Pvt. Co. H · Schnell, Charles Pvt. Co. H
Clay, John Sgt. Co. H · Zeller, C. Pvt. Co. H
Dehasz, William

Pvt. Co. H · 4th Missouri Cavalry
Diederich, Jacob Pvt. Co. H · Schroeder, John Cpl. Co. B
Eckhart, Christian Pvt. Co. H

12th Texas Cavalry
McDonald, N. Brown Pvt. Co. H
Lowery, Montgomery Pvt. Co. H
Hick's Independent Arkansas Cavalry
Tapscott, James Dr.
Hooker's Independent Arkansas Cavalry
Sasson, Young Pvt.

Circumstantial evidence suggests that Martin Vanmeter, a local citizen with pro-Union sympathies, was killed on this day. He may have been a member of Hick's Cavalry but provided the Union Army with intelligence in the days before Whitney's Lane.
HM NumberHM26SI
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2010
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, White County Historical Society, Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 620477 N 3901142
Decimal Degrees35.24613333, -91.67578333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 14.768', W 91° 40.547'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 14' 46.08" N, 91° 40' 32.82" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)501
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 131 Sherman Way, Kensett AR 72082, US
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