Moro in the Civil War / Prelude to Helena

Moro in the Civil War / Prelude to Helena (HM26TJ)

Location: Moro, AR 72368 Lee County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 47.736', W 90° 59.456'

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Moro in the Civil War

The town of Moro was established in 1850 and about 700 people lived here and nearby when the Civil War began in 1861. Union troops from the 1st Indiana, 1st Missouri, 9th Illinois, 5th Kansas, 2nd Wisconsin, and 3rd and 4th Iowa Cavalry, with six cannon, camped here on the night of Nov. 7, 1862, during an expedition from Helena. Leaving the next morning, the Union command divided for the return to Helena. Bands of Confederate horsemen hit one Union column repeatedly, wounding 22 men though 15 Confederates were captured and many killed.

Prelude to Helena

Gen. Theophilus Holmes's Confederate army converged on Helena in late June 1863, bent on attacking the Union post there to relieve the pressure on Vicksburg. Gen. John S. Marmaduke's cavalry and Gen. Sterling Price's infantry divisions set out from Jacksonport on June 22 and camped at or near Moro on June 30 after marching 69 miles on rain-soaked roads. The Confederates hit Helena on July 4, 1863, with Marmaduke attacking from the north and Price from the west. The strongly entrenched Union garrison won the battle, inflicting 1,614 casualties.
HM NumberHM26TJ
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2012
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Town of Moro, Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 683798 N 3852215
Decimal Degrees34.79560000, -90.99093333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 47.736', W 90° 59.456'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 47' 44.16" N, 90° 59' 27.36" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Front St, Moro AR 72368, US
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