The Little Rock Campaign - Riverfront Park

The Little Rock Campaign - Riverfront Park (HM26Z8)

Location: Little Rock, AR 72201 Pulaski County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 44.941', W 92° 16.033'

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Early in August of 1863 the Union Army began a march from Helena to Little Rock. Confederate troops, commanded by Major General Sterling Price, waited to defend the city primarily from the ridge north of the Arkansas River. But Federal forces out-flanked the outnumbered defenders. Confederate cavalry and artillery fought the Federals at Brownsville (near Lonoke), Reed's Bridge (near Jacksonville), Ashley's Mills and at the crossing of the Arkansas River (near Scott), and, on September 10, at the Battle of Bayou Fourche (a few miles southeast of Little Rock on Fourche Dam Pike near Pratt Remmel Park at I-440, Lindsey Road exit).

General Price stated that he would not be caught in a trap like Pemberton at Vicksburg and he ordered Confederate troops to withdraw from the city. The withdrawal began about 11:00 a.m. on September 10, 1863 and continued for several hours along the Old Stagecoach Road to Benton (Hwy. 5).

"[O]ur company have nearly all deserted. I don't think they will try to stay at home, but will return to duty ...I will never, no never, desert. I am not discouraged for I do think we will gain our independence sooner or later I expect our property will be taken by January or before, but only hope that they may leave enough for you and the children to live on comfortably." (September 15, 1863) "In bygone

days I thought that I felt the sting of being deprived of my family; but I acknowledge that I have never until the fall of Little Rock felt the sting of being an exile." (November 5, 1863)
-Lieutenant William W. Garner
Newton's Regiment, C.S.A.
HM NumberHM26Z8
Placed ByThe American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Rotary Club of Little Rock
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Date Added Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 567071 N 3845455
Decimal Degrees34.74901667, -92.26721667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 44.941', W 92° 16.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 44' 56.46" N, 92° 16' 1.9800000000001" W
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Area Code(s)501
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Arkansas River Trail, Little Rock AR 72201, US
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