Action at Des Arc Bayou

Action at Des Arc Bayou (HM26VJ)

Location: Searcy, AR 72143 White County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 12.196', W 91° 46.674'

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On July 8, 1864, a column of 221 men of the 10th Illinois Cavalry headed for Searcy to confront Gen. J.O. Shelbys Confederates, who were operating in the area. They set up camp at Des Arc Bayou on July 13. At 4:30 a.m. July 14, around 500 men under Confederate Col. B. Frank Gordon attacked the sleeping Federals from three sides. As chaos reigned in the Union camp, only a handful of Union troops managed to mount their horses and flee — 131 were killed, wounded, or captured. Shelby proclaimed the 10th "whipped, routed and scattered."
HM NumberHM26VJ
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2012
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, White County Historical Society, White County Civil War Round Table, Lisa M. Wray in honor of Bige E. Wray and in memory of S. Emory Sweet, Pvt., Co. C, 9th Tn. Inf., Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council
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Date Added Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 611245 N 3896268
Decimal Degrees35.20326667, -91.77790000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 12.196', W 91° 46.674'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 12' 11.76" N, 91° 46' 40.44" W
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Area Code(s)501
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2315 AR-267, Searcy AR 72143, US
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