Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

1st Kansas Colored Infantry


City: Chidester

County: Ouachita

Location: Uncommon Valor Memorial Park, 4279 Hwy. 24

Sponsor: ACWSC, Zion Hill Human Services Agency, ANRCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 502871
UTM-Y: 3723546
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 33.65176596
Longitude: -92.9690368

Marker Text

1st Kansas Colored Infantry

The 1st Kansas Colored Infantry, a regiment that included many former Arkansas slaves, was formed in August 1862, the first black unit recruited during the war. 1st Kansas troops were the first black men to see combat, losing 10 killed and 12 wounded in a victory at Island Mound, Mo., Oct. 28, 1862. Victories at Cabin Creek and Honey Springs, Indian Territory, followed in 1863. The 1st Kansas lost 117 dead and 65 wounded at Poison Spring, Ark., April 18, 1864; many men were slain as they lay wounded after the battle, killed by Confederate troops.

No. 25

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Zion Hill Human Services Agency
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council


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