Clash at Whitten's Mill

Clash at Whitten's Mill (HM2A0Z)

Location: Prattsville, AR 72129 Grant County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 18.905', W 92° 33.171'

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Both Union and Confederate cavalry moved north of Jenkins' Ferry on April 29, 1864. Lt. Col. Benjamin Elliott's 1st Missouri Cavalry Battalion had been sent to Princeton on the 28th to seek Gen. Frederick Steele's army as it retreated from Camden. They skirmished heavily with Union troops until dark, then proceeded toward Pratt's Ferry on the Saline River on April 29. Gen. E.A. Carr's Union cavalry, meanwhile, rode north to head off a potential attack on Steele's troops by Confederate Gen. James Fagan's Confederate cavalry, reported in the area.

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Elliott's Missouri cavalry arrived at Pratt's Ferry on April 29, 1864, hoping to link up with Fagan's Confederate cavalry. They were not there, so Elliott crossed the Saline River to find forage for his horses. On April 30, about 2,000 Union troops approached Whitten's Mill, some driving in Elliott's pickets. The Confederates counterattacked and the U.S. troops, fearing it was Fagan's entire force, quickly fell back and began burning their wagons and gear. Elliott's men continued to follow Steele's army as it retreated, attacking pickets and foragers.
HM NumberHM2A0Z
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
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 541140 N 3797183
Decimal Degrees34.31508333, -92.55285000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 18.905', W 92° 33.171'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 18' 54.3" N, 92° 33' 10.26" W
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Area Code(s)870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8395 US-270, Prattsville AR 72129, US
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