Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Action at Des Arc Bayou


City: Searcy

County: White

Location: Gum Springs Vol. F.D., 2320 Highway 267 South

Sponsor: ACWSC, White Co. Hist. Soc. and CWRT, Wray Family, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 611244
UTM-Y: 3896271
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.20328531
Longitude: -91.77791093

Marker Text

Action at Des Arc Bayou

On July 8, 1864, a column of 221 men of the 10th Illinois Cavalry headed for Searcy to confront Gen. J.O. Shelbys Confederates, who were operating in the area. They set up camp at Des Arc Bayou on July 13. At 4:30 a.m. July 14, around 500 men under Confederate Col. B. Frank Gordon attacked the sleeping Federals from three sides. As chaos reigned in the Union camp, only a handful of Union troops managed to mount their horses and flee � 131 were killed, wounded, or captured. Shelby proclaimed the 10th whipped, routed and scattered.

No. 32

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
White County Historical Society
White County Civil War Round Table
Lisa M. Wray in honor of Bige E. Wray and in memory of S. Emory Sweet, Pvt., Co. C, 9th Tn. Inf.
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council


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