Jenkins Ferry / Pontoon Bridge

Jenkins Ferry / Pontoon Bridge (HM2A1P)

Location: Sheridan, AR 72150 Grant County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 12.701', W 92° 32.906'

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Jenkins Ferry

In 1846, Thomas Jenkins paid the Saline County clerk $1 to register to "keep a ferry" and charge travelers to cross the Saline near the mouth of Cox's Creek when the river was at flood stage. Gen. Frederick Steele's Union army came to Jenkins Ferry while retreating to Little Rock from Camden and began crossing on April 29, 1864. Steele conferred with the commanders of his rear guard, Gens. Rice and Salomon, in the Jenkins' family cabin in the early hours of April 30 to plan the day's battle. Steele's men crossed after fending off a Confederate attack.

Pontoon Bridge

The Union army used an India rubber pontoon bridge to cross the swollen Saline River on April 29-30, 1864. The bridge, transported in 34 wagons, was inflated with bellows. Each pontoon was 19 feet long and they were attached in groups of three. Gen. Frederick Steele's army began crossing on the 29th and the last of his troops were over by 2 p.m. on the 30th. With the animals used to haul the bridge nearing exhaustion, Steele ordered it destroyed. Union engineers pierced the pontoons with bayonets and axes, then burned them along with their wagons.
HM NumberHM2A1P
Year Placed2015
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Arkansas Humanities Council/Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 6th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 541597 N 3785719
Decimal Degrees34.21168333, -92.54843333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 12.701', W 92° 32.906'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 12' 42.06" N, 92° 32' 54.36" W
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Area Code(s)870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near AR-46, Sheridan AR 72150, US
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