Confederate Headquarters / Confederate Flank Attack

Confederate Headquarters / Confederate Flank Attack (HM2A1Y)

Location: Leola, AR 72084 Grant County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 10.997', W 92° 35.783'

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Confederate Headquarters


Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith led troops from Louisiana on a forced march to attack Gen. Frederick Steele's Union army as it crossed the Saline River to retreat to Little Rock. He arrived here on April 29, 1864, and established his headquarters to plan his attack on Steele's army and wagon train the next day. As many as 20,000 men, many having just fought Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks's army at Mansfield, La., marched through here in pursuit of Steele. The battle of Jenkins' Ferry would be fought April 30 along Cox's Creek southwest of the Saline.

Confederate Flank Attack


On April 30, 1864, Confederate Gen. Thomas Dockery's Arkansas brigade marched across Cox's Creek north of here to attempt a flank attack on Union soldiers defending Gen. Frederick Steele's army as it crossed the swollen Saline River on a pontoon bridge. Seeing the threat to their right, men of the 43rd Indiana and 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry waded across the flooded creek to confront Dockery's Arkansas troops. The opponents battled for around 90 minutes in the heavily wooded area before the Confederates were told to fall back to rejoin the main force.
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HM NumberHM2A1Y
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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 Monday, August 6th, 2018 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 537192 N 3782551
Decimal Degrees34.18328333, -92.59638333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 10.997', W 92° 35.783'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 10' 59.82" N, 92° 35' 46.98" 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 10172 AR-229, Leola AR 72084, US
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