Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Fields of Battle/The Price of War

 

City: Leola vic.

County: Grant

Location: 820 Grant County Road 6

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Descendants of Jane McWhorter Jenkins, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 537538
UTM-Y: 3783442
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.191314
Longitude: -92.592596

Marker Text

Fields of Battle

As his army prepared to cross the swollen Saline River during its retreat to Little Rock, Union Gen. Frederick Steele met with his commanders in the cabin of widow Jane McWhorter Jenkins at 2 a.m. on April 30, 1864, to plan the approaching battle. The battle would begin on the Jenkins fields farmed by sons-in-law John M. and Robert H. Carver. Union engineers tore down the home of John and Lucinda Carver to build the pontoon bridge at Jenkins’ Ferry that would carry Steele’s army to safety as Gen. Samuel Rice’s men held off Confederate troops.

No. 125

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Descendants of Jane McWhorter Jenkins

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

The Price of War

The Union army that fought at Jenkins’ Ferry seized supplies from area homes as it fell back to Little Rock. Post-war claims show John M. Carver, a Union soldier who lived near the ferry, lost his home, livestock, 300 pounds of bacon, corn and 5,000 feet of lumber. His mother Marina, a widow with 8 children, lost all of her food, bedding and last horse, forcing her to sell her farm. Her neighbor Margaret Dement lost 5 cows, 400 pounds of bacon, 50 bushels of corn, 3,000 fence rails, 1,000 feet of lumber, 10 bushels of wheat and a chest of carpenter tools.

No. 125

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Descendants of Jane McWhorter Jenkins

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

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