Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Action at Salem


City: Mammoth Spring

County: Fulton

Location: Mammoth Spring State Park

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission; City of Mammoth Spring; Mammoth Spring State Park; Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce; Mammoth Spring Lions Club; Ozark Gateway Tourism Council; Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 631099
UTM-Y: 4040073
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 36.495956
Longitude: -91.536074

Marker Text

Action at Salem

Union troops of the 6th Missouri and 3rd Iowa Cavalry Regiments entered Arkansas on March 10, 1862, to keep Confederate troops led by W.O. Coleman, J. Posey Woodside and Archibald McFarlane from banding together. After a skirmish on March 12, the two forces collided at a swamp northeast of Salem on the 13th. A four-hour battle began in which the two sides repeatedly charged back and forth on the edge of the swamp before the Union troops fell back to Missouri after suffering 23 casualties and claiming 100 Confederates dead, wounded and missing.

No. 93

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

City of Mammoth Spring

Mammoth Spring State Park

Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce

Mammoth Spring Lions Club

Ozark Gateway Tourism Council

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council


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