Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

MarmadukeWalkerDuel

 

City: Jacksonville

County: Pulaski

Location: Highway 161 at Lakeshore Drive

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society, Dennis and Marsha Ward, Arkansas Humanities Council/Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 580063
UTM-Y: 3855967
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.842867
Longitude: -92.124293

Marker Text

Marmaduke-Walker Duel

Following the Aug. 27, 1863, battle at Bayou Meto, Confederate Gen. John Marmaduke asked to be removed from under Gen. Lucius M. Walker’s command. The two generals were at odds over actions at Helena and Brownsville earlier in 1863. Marmaduke’s transfer was approved, but after a series of messages passed between the generals’ staffs, Walker issued a challenge to a duel. The officers met at dawn on Sept. 6, armed with Navy Colts. Both fired and missed, then Marmaduke fatally wounded Walker, who died the next day after forgiving the man who shot him.

No. 118

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society

Dennis and Marsha Ward

Arkansas Humanities Council/Department of Arkansas Heritage

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

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