Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Lick Creek Skirmish


City: West Helena

County: Phillips

Location: Delta Heritage Trail State Park, Lick Creek Trailhead adjacent to Highway 85

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission; Delta Heritage Trail State Park; Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 704759
UTM-Y: 3823592
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.533648
Longitude: -90.768901

Marker Text

Lick Creek Skirmish

After the Jan. 11, 1863, battle at Arkansas Post, Gen. Willis Gorman led troops from

Helena on a raid up the White River. Col. Powell Clayton and 1,200 cavalrymen went to Big Creek west of Helena when a patrol of 25 men of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry was sent back with messages. On arriving at Lick Creek, they found the bridge burned. As they forded the creek, around 200 Confederate horsemen attacked the patrol. The Wisconsin men, armed only with pistols, shot five or six attackers, but were quickly overrun. Only 5 of the 25 men made it to Helena.

No. 84

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Delta Heritage Trail State Park

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council


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