A Gallant Charge

A Gallant Charge (HM26ZG)

Location: Jacksonville, AR 72076 Pulaski County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.804', W 92° 7.186'

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The First Iowa Cavalry Charges Burning Reed's Bridge

As Gen. John Davidson saw flames erupting from the only bridge across Bayou Meto, he ordered Lt. Col. Daniel Anderson to take his First Iowa Cavalry Regiment and save the bridge, if possible. Anderson and his men thundered down the Memphis to Little Rock Road, but were met with a savage fire of artillery and musketry, blunting their assault and causing the bulk of the day's casualties for the Union. The First Iowa Cavalry lost one man killed and thirty-six wounded in the doomed charge on Reed's Bridge.

"The enemy charged down the road in splendid style, as if to save the bridge, but it were better had many of them never been born. The dense cloud of smoke from the crackling, 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, scattering the mangled fragments of men and horses like chaff before the wind."
Major John Newman Edwards, C.S.A.

"In making the charge, the regiment was exposed to a terrible fire from the enemy's
artillery and sharpshooters. We reached the bridge, but not in time to save it; it was already engulfed in flames. ...I then dismounted the command and went forward on foot."

Lt. Col.

Daniel Anderson, First Iowa Cavalry

"Went after them again, fighting in good earnest. 1st Batalion got in a very hot place."
Diary of M.S. Andrews, First Iowa Cavalry
HM NumberHM26ZG
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 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 580473 N 3856399
Decimal Degrees34.84673333, -92.11976667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.804', W 92° 7.186'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 48.24" N, 92° 7' 11.16" 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 3038 AR-161, Jacksonville AR 72076, US
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