Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Action at Ashley's Station


City: Carlisle

County: Lonoke

Location: Carlisle City Hall, 122 W. Main St.

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission; Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Foundation; In Memory of Rick Meadows; Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 614681
UTM-Y: 3849517
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.782782
Longitude: -91.747759

Marker Text

Action at Ashley’s Station

On Aug. 24, 1864, Confederate Gen. J.O. Shelby and his men, wearing captured Union uniforms, attacked a series of forts protecting hay-cutting operations between modern-day Carlisle and Hazen. Confederate artillery blasted the forts held by the 54th Illinois Infantry and 1st Nebraska Cavalry. As fresh Union troops arrived from DeValls Bluff, Shelby’s men captured the forts’ defenders while tearing up railroad tracks and destroying hay-cutting machines. The Confederates held off the reinforcements and left with 577 prisoners, losing only 173 casualties.

No. 90

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Foundation

In Memory of Rick Meadows

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council


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