Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Austin in the Civil War


City: Austin

County: Lonoke

Location: Old Austin United Methodist Church, 23 Ray Sowell Road

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 594440
UTM-Y: 3871745
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.983885
Longitude: -91.96528211000327

Marker Text

Austin in the Civil War

As the Civil War began, the Caroline Home Guard formed at Austin on June 29, 1861. The “Austin Rifles” became Co. I, 5th Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A. Both Union and Confederate troops camped at Austin during the war and Federal troops tore down most of the buildings in town for lumber to build winter quarters. Gen. J.O. Shelby’s Confederates fought a rear-guard action at Cypress Creek near here after the Ashley’s Station battle on Aug. 24, 1864. The remains of 17 Union soldiers were moved from Austin to Little Rock National Cemetery on Aug. 1, 1868.

No. 138

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program


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