Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Battle of Jenkins Ferry

 

City: Sheridan

County: Grant

Location: Grant County Museum, 521 Shackleford Road

Sponsor: ACWSC, Grant County Museum, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 553917
UTM-Y: 3795599
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.30021145
Longitude: -92.41408756

Marker Text

Battle of Jenkins Ferry

On April 30, 1864, Gen. Frederick Steeles Union army fought Gen. Edmund Kirby Smiths Confederates in a desperate battle for survival at Jenkins Ferry on the Saline River. Smiths troops had marched hard from Louisiana to stop Steeles starving army as it retreated to Little Rock after the failed Camden Expedition. The two armies fought for five hours in the flooded Saline River bottoms before the U.S. troops crossed the river and escaped. Reported casualties of 443 Confederates and 521 U.S. troops were almost certainly substantially higher.

No. 66

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Grant County Museum
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2013

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