Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Action At Dardanelle


City: Dardanelle

County: Yell

Location: Dardanelle Rock Natural Area

Sponsor: ACWSC, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 485135
UTM-Y: 3899393
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.23749409
Longitude: -93.16337453

Marker Text

Action at Dardanelle
Confederates under Col. Robert Brooks, who were testing Union positions strength along the Arkansas River, attacked Federal troops at Dardanelle on Jan. 14, 1865. Maj. J.D. Jenks 276 Union soldiers fought Brooks 1,500 soldiers for 4 hours before the Confederates withdrew. Sgt. William Ellis of the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry, who was wounded 4 times in the fight, was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor. Dardanelle Rock, a major landmark on the river, is protected today as part of the state system of natural areas.
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

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