Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Capture of Missouri "Swamp Fox"


City: Pocahontas

County: Randolph

Location: 216 N. Bettis St.

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Five Rivers Historic Preservation, Inc., Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 682389
UTM-Y: 4014839
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 36.261256
Longitude: -90.969751

Marker Text

Capture of Missouri “Swamp Fox”

Pocahontas was a “no-man’s land” after the Confederate troops organized here in 1861 moved east of the Mississippi. Soldiers and irregulars from both sides patrolled the region. One group of 300 Union militia and cavalry from Arkansas and Missouri came here on Aug. 22, 1863, after learning that Brig. Gen. M. Jeff Thompson was staying at the St. Charles Hotel. Thompson, known as the “Swamp Fox” for his many victories in the swampy region, was taken by surprise. Exchanged in 1864, he commanded troops in northeast Arkansas, surrendering May 11, 1865.

No. 102

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Five Rivers Historic Preservation, Inc.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program


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