Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Action at Fitzhugh's Woods


City: Augusta vic.

County: Woodruff

Location: North of Augusta on Highway 33, east side of road at Fitzhugh

Sponsor: ACWSC, City of Augusta, Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 649289
UTM-Y: 3912187
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.34180292
Longitude: -91.35720004

Marker Text

Action at Fitzhughs Woods

Col. Christopher C. Andrews led 231 men of the 3rd Minnesota Infantry and 8th Missouri Cavalry to Woodruff Co. on April 1, 1864, to disrupt recruiting by Confederate Gen. Dandridge McRae. Marching 12 miles north of Augusta, and almost capturing McRae, Andrews was attacked by 545 Confederate cavalrymen. Falling back to Fitzhughs Woods, the U.S. troops withstood several charges before retreating to Augusta. The Confederates, out of ammunition, could do nothing but watch. U.S. losses totaled 29; McRae lost as many as 100 dead and wounded.

No. 50
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
City of Augusta
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior


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