Searcy Landing in the Civil War / Guerrilla War on the Little Red

Searcy Landing in the Civil War / Guerrilla War on the Little Red (HM26V5)

Location: Searcy, AR 72143 White County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 15.704', W 91° 41.904'

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Searcy Landing in the Civil War

Searcy Landing was a steamboat stop with cotton warehouses before the war. On May 9, 1862, Col. P.J. Osterhaus's 3rd Division of the Union Army of the Southwest built a bridge across the Little Red River, camping here as they threatened Little Rock. Union forces stayed several weeks, battling with Confederates before retreating to Batesville, then marching to Helena. In August 1863 the U.S.S. Cricket captured the steamboats Kaskaskia and Tom Sugg at Searcy Landing and destroyed Gen. John S. Marmaduke's pontoon bridge that crossed the river here.

Guerrilla War on the Little Red

As the Civil War in Arkansas degenerated into guerrilla warfare in 1864, U.S. troops from Batesville and Little Rock often came to Searcy Landing hunting bands of cavalry operating in the Little Red River valley. In August, Union Gen. J.R. West led 3,094 men in search of Col. T.H. McCray's 2,000 Confederate cavalry in the valley, chasing them north and east of the landing, then returning to Little Rock. Searcy Landing stayed a steamboat dock and river crossing for around 50 years after the war ended until the first bridge was built in 1911.
HM NumberHM26V5
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2012
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, In loving memory of Larry Killough, Jr., and James Webb Killough, White County Civil War Round Table, White County Historical Society, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council
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Date Added Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 10:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 618397 N 3902845
Decimal Degrees35.26173333, -91.69840000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 15.704', W 91° 41.904'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 15' 42.24" N, 91° 41' 54.24" 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 1110 Golf Course Dr, Searcy AR 72143, US
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