Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Action at Devil's Backbone


City: Greenwood

County: Sebastian

Location: Stroud Cemetery, 3400 Stroud Road

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Friends of Devil’s Backbone Battlefield, South Sebastian County Historical Society, Dr. Lee Johnson and Mike McAlister, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 380497
UTM-Y: 3894557
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.186677
Longitude: -94.312442

Marker Text

Action at Devil’s Backbone

As Union troops occupied Ft. Smith on Sept. 1, 1863, Gen. W.L. Cabell’s Confederates retreated toward Waldron with their supplies. Cabell set up a defensive line on Devil’s Backbone ridge. Second Kansas Cavalry troopers led by Col. William Cloud rode into an ambush at the ridge’s base. Federal fire caused a large number of Cabell’s men, many of them conscripted Unionists, to flee the battlefield, but the rest stood firm and skirmished for three hours. Cabell lost 5 dead, 12 wounded, 30 captured. Cloud’s losses were 2 dead, 12 wounded, 2 missing.

No. 143

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Friends of Devil’s Backbone Battlefield

South Sebastian County Historical Society

Dr. Lee Johnson and Mike McAlister

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program


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