Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Hempstead County in the Civil War


City: Washington

County: Hempstead

Location: Old Washington Cemetery, located on Carrigan Street off U.S. Highway 278 West north of Washington

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation, Arkansas Humanities Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 436155
UTM-Y: 3737705
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 33.7775514
Longitude: -93.6895564

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Hempstead County in the Civil War

More than 19 companies formed in Hempstead County to fight for the Confederacy, starting with the “Hempstead Rifles,” who mustered in on May 4, 1861. Three local men served in the Confederate Congress – Grandison D. Royston and Rufus K. Garland in the House of Representatives and Dr. Charles Mitchell in the Senate. All three are buried here, as are many Confederate veterans. There are 74 unknown Missouri and Texas soldiers buried together in a mass grave. The people of Washington, through public subscription, erected a monument honoring them in 1888.

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Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation

Arkansas Humanities Council

Department of Arkansas Heritage

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program


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