Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Action at Cotton Plant


City: Cotton Plant

County: Woodruff

Location: Cotton Plant Memorial Cemetery, off Highway 306 just north of its junction with Highway 38.

Sponsor: ACWSC, Spencer Family, Cotton Plant Memorial Cemetery, Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 658941
UTM-Y: 3875263
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.00751755
Longitude: -91.25814557

Marker Text

Action at Cotton Plant
After threatening Little Rock, the Union Army of the Southwest marched east toward Helena. On July 7, 1862, three miles north of here, around 1,000 Confederates of the 12th and 16th Texas Cavalry attacked Union soldiers protecting the main force after crossing the Cache River. The Texans fought around 600 troops from the 11th Wisconsin and 33rd Illinois Infantry for hours before Union reinforcements drove them from Parley Hills plantation. Union losses were 6 killed and 57 wounded. The Confederates lost 245 men, with at least 123 dead.
No. 20
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Dewey and Roberta Spencer Family
Cotton Plant Memorial Cemetery
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

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