Faulkner County in the Civil War

Faulkner County in the Civil War (HM298G)

Location: Conway, AR 72032 Faulkner County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 4.775', W 92° 25.74'

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Faulkner County had divided loyalties during the Civil War. Soon after the war started, Col. A.R. Witt helped organize several companies for the 10th Arkansas Infantry (C.S.). After fighting at Shiloh, the 10th was captured at Port Hudson, La. Its men were paroled, Witt escaped, and in late 1863 they rejoined as irregular troops, Witt's Cavalry. Other Faulkner County men joined the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.) in late 1863, and Unionists formed bands of irregular soldiers. These men fought Witt's men in bitter guerrilla battles in the hills.

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Witt's Cavalry continued to hold out after the eastern Confederacy surrendered, asking that local Unionists be disarmed and out-of-state troops with no "personal grudges" occupy the area. After the war, veterans of both sides formed chapters in Conway and on Decoration Day, May 30, 1890, they held a reconciliation celebration, marching from downtown Conway to Oak Grove Cemetery where they decorated the graves of comrades and each side fired 3-gun salutes before sharing supper from the cemetery's Ladies Auxiliary. Col. Witt was buried in Oak Grove in 1903.
HM NumberHM298G
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2014
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Faulkner County Museum, Faulkner County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 552054 N 3882017
Decimal Degrees35.07958333, -92.42900000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 4.775', W 92° 25.74'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 4' 46.5" N, 92° 25' 44.4" W
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Area Code(s)501
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 305 Bruce St, Conway AR 72032, US
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