The Little Rock Campaign - Reed's Bridge

The Little Rock Campaign - Reed's Bridge (HM26Z2)

Location: Jacksonville, AR 72076 Pulaski County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.614', W 92° 7.346'

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Confederates Stop Union Advance

Looking northwest fifty yards to your left, the old military road crossed Bayou Meto over Reed's Bridge. Confederate troops fell back to this location from the August 25, 1863, Brownsville skirmish to establish a strong position to stop the Union advance on Little Rock. Early on the morning of August 27, Confederate skirmishers and sharpshooters engaged Union troops advancing from Brownsville along the military road until Confederate artillery opened fire on the Federals. Both sides claimed victory, with the Confederates retiring to Little Rock and the Federals to Brownsville.

"...[The Yankees] pushed forward their columns impetuously until, coming upon the main body of our skirmishers, a roar of musketry sent death crippling through their ranks We continued to fall back until across the bayou... After the command was safely over, the bridge was tarred and fired. The dense cloud of smoke from the burning bridge, like sorrow's veil, hung between them and Bledsoe's battery, and when the head of their long lines had nearly reached the bridge, these noble old guns sent shell and shot, winged with fury, screaming and hissing up their lines."
-Lieutenant Colonel Frank B. Gordon
Missouri Cavalry, C.S.A.

"The general commanding ... directed that the First Iowa Cavalry should charge and save the bridge,

if possible. Lieutenant-Colonel [Daniel] Anderson, at the head of his regiment, led a gallant charge in the face of a terrible fire of artillery and small-arms...his command suffering considerably ... Our artillery was instantly ordered up [and] opened a tremendous fire, soon silencing the enemy's guns and driving them from their position."
-Colonel J. M. Glover
3rd Missouri Cavalry, U.S.A.
Second Brigade Commander
Union Cavalry Division
HM NumberHM26Z2
Placed ByThe American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Jacksonville Sertoma Club
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Date Added Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 580232 N 3856046
Decimal Degrees34.84356667, -92.12243333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.614', W 92° 7.346'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 36.84" N, 92° 7' 20.76" W
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Area Code(s)501
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5021-5837 AR-161, Jacksonville AR 72076, US
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