Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Confederate Salt Works Destroyed


City: Bald Knob

County: White

Location: Bald Knob City Hall, 3713 Highway 367

Sponsor: ACWSC, White Co. Hist. Soc., Bald Knob Rotary and Lions Clubs, Wm. Collison Jr., ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 630669
UTM-Y: 3909177
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.31728129
Longitude: -91.56251641

Marker Text

Confederate Salt Works Destroyed
Gen. J.R. West led 3,094 U.S. cavalrymen in pursuit of 4,000 Confederate horsemen under Col. T.H. McCray and Gen. J.O. Shelby on Aug. 6, 1864. The U.S. troops rode to Austin, Stony Point, Searcy, and Augusta. On Aug. 11, troops of the 10th Illinois Cavalry destroyed a salt works 5 miles SE of modern Bald Knob, ruining 11 kettles and 60 vats while capturing 8 men and depriving the Confederates of salt needed to preserve meat supplies. Wests expedition returned to Little Rock Aug. 16, having driven the Confederates east of the White River.
No. 27
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
White County Historical Society
Bald Knob Rotary Club
Bald Knob Lions Club
William H. Collison, Jr.
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

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