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Like Sorrow's Veil... (HM26Z6)

Location: Jacksonville, AR 72076 Pulaski County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.629', W 92° 7.328'

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The Confederates Burn Reed's Bridge Over Bayou Meto

Bayou Meto, "a steep-banked and miry stream," provided a natural barrier and defensive position for the Confederates on August 27, 1863. The primary means of crossing the bayou was Reed's Bridge on the Memphis to Little Rock Road. As the Confederates prepared for battle, Captain John Mhoon coated the bridge with tar and other flammable materials, in case the southern forces were forced to retreat to the south bank of Bayou Meto.

As the Confederates were flanked from their positions to the north, they streamed across the bridge to establish new firing lines. As the last men crossed, Mhoon set fire to Reed's Bridge.

"The attack was renewed on the 27th, and the enemy driven from his work on the bayou, and fired the bridge as he retreated. Davidson was unable to save the bridge, everything having been prepared for its destruction beforehand. The bayou was deep and miry, and the pursuit of the rebels being thus checked, Davidson withdrew to his camp at Brownsville..."
Charles H. Lothrop, Surgeon
First Iowa Cavalry Regiment

"As the last of the rear-guard crossed it, the torch was applied. The smoke rolled upward in dark and heavy masses, and the enemy seeing they were about to lose their best means of crossing the stream, made a savage dash to secure possession of the bridge and extinguish

the flames."

John Newman Edwards, C.S.A
HM NumberHM26Z6
Placed ByThe Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the Arkansas Historic Preservation
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Date Added Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 580259 N 3856074
Decimal Degrees34.84381667, -92.12213333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.629', W 92° 7.328'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 37.74" N, 92° 7' 19.68" 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 AR-161, Jacksonville AR 72076, US
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