Skirmish at Guesses Creek

Skirmish at Guesses Creek (HM2A0D)

Location: Leola, AR 72084 Dallas County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 8.598', W 92° 36.462'

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Gen. Frederick Steele's Union army left Camden on April 26, 1864, starting a retreat to Little Rock. Confederate pursuers caught up with them on April 29 on the Jenkins' Ferry Road and began skirmishing. Union gunners of the 2nd Missouri Artillery held them back as Confederate Col. W.L. Jeffers deployed his troops. Harris's Confederate Battery was sent to his support as soldiers of Burbridge's Missouri regiment came up. Union troops of the 40th Iowa, 43rd Illinois and 27th Wisconsin supported the Missouri battery as it held off the Confederates.

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As the artillery duel continued, shells from the Confederate guns damaged a nearby home, known locally as the Cannonball House, before the Union men withdrew to the Saline River bottoms in a driving rain, knowing that Confederate troops were in pursuit and battle was likely as they tried to cross the flooded Saline River at Jenkins' Ferry the next day. The Cannonball House was one of several local buildings used as hospitals after the battle of Jenkins' Ferry and casualties from the battle are believed to have been buried in the yard near the house.
HM NumberHM2A0D
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2015
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield, Arkansas Humanities Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
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Date Added Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 536167 N 3778114
Decimal Degrees34.14330000, -92.60770000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 8.598', W 92° 36.462'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 8' 35.88" N, 92° 36' 27.72" W
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Area Code(s)870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Dallas 409, Leola AR 72084, US
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