Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program



City: Clarksville

County: Johnson

Location: Johnson County Courthouse, Main Street

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission; Johnson County Historical Society; Johnson County; Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 457800
UTM-Y: 3925369
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.470925
Longitude: -93.465139

Marker Text


On Feb. 20 1865, Union Jayhawkers raided the home of Lutetia Howell and Susan Willis in Johnson County’s Pittsburg community. They held the women’s legs in a bed of hot coals in an attempt to force them to tell if they had hidden money, then burned thehouse to the ground. Mrs. Howell was burned so badly that her leg had to be amputated. Other women in the area were also tortured and other houses burned. Union officials arrested deserters and soldiers from Kansas and Arkansas accused of taking part in the crimes, though none apparently were punished.

No. 103

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Johnson County Historical Society

Johnson County

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council


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