Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Engagement at St. Charles


City: St. Charles

County: Arkansas

Location: Belknap Road near junction with NCC Camp Road

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Centennial Commission

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 672242
UTM-Y: 3805463
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.37622918
Longitude: -91.12667818

Marker Text

Engagement at St. Charles
Here on June 17, 1862 a Federal fleet of eight vessels attempted to force its way upstream past Confederate shore defenses commanded by Captain Joseph Fry. The Confederates disabled the Union gunboat Mound City with heavy casualties before their positions were overrun by troops of the Forty-sixth Indiana Volunteers. The cannon shot which put the Mound City out of action has been described as the most destructive single shot fired in the Civil War.
Erected by the Arkansas Civil War Centennial Commission � 1964

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