Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

DeValls Bluff in the Civil War


City: DeValls Bluff

County: Prairie

Location: Rhodes Park, Highway 70

Sponsor: ACWSC, City of DeValls Bluff, Arnold Family Foundation, Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 641029
UTM-Y: 3850176
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.78403355
Longitude: -91.45860928

Marker Text

DeValls Bluff in the Civil War
DeValls Bluff was strategically important to both the Union and Confederate armies as a major White River port and as head of the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad. It became a key Union supply depot after its fall 1863 occupation, as well as a haven for refugees, both freedmen and white. Mounted Confederates operated around the town during 1864, attacking the railroad and Union troops on the nearby prairie. After the war ended, the Freedmens Bureau had an office in DeValls Bluff, aiding the newly freed African-Americans in the area.
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
City of DeValls Bluff
Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Foundation
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

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