Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Fighting Near Osceola


City: Osceola

County: Mississippi

Location: Sans Souci Park, State Highway 198

Sponsor: ACWSC, Osceola-So. MS County Chamber, Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 778284
UTM-Y: 3950086
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.65543468
Longitude: -89.92612828

Marker Text

Fighting Near Osceola
In late July 1864, Missouri Union cavalry headed south into Mississippi County to hunt for bands of guerillas. On August 2, they encountered Confederate pickets near Osceola and pursued them to the main force led by Captains Charles Bowen and H.M. McVeigh. Lt. Col. John Burriss Missourians charged the Confederate camp, scattering the men in every direction. Seven Southern soldiers died in the fight and 25 became prisoners of war, including Bowen, who in 1861 had recruited and led a local company, the Osceola Hornets. Burris lost no men.
No. 11
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Osceola-South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

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