Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Battle of Arkansas Post


City: Gillett

County: Arkansas

Location: U.S. 165 at Arkansas Highway 169

Sponsor: ACWSC, Grand Prairie Historical Society, Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 650149
UTM-Y: 3767021
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.033115
Longitude: -91.373545

Marker Text

Battle of Arkansas Post
On January 9, 1863, Gen. John McClernand and Adm. David D. Porter led a 30,000 man army and a flotilla of Union gunboats up the Arkansas River to confront Gen. T.J. Churchills 5,000 Confederates at Arkansas Post. The gunboats bombarded Fort Hindman January 10, and both army and navy attacked on January 11, forcing the Confederates to surrender. Confederate Arkansas lost one-fourth of its fighting men. Union ships would suffer less interference in operations against Vicksburg following the defeat of the garrison at Arkansas Post.
No. 10
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Grand Prairie Historical Society
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

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