Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Moro in the Civil War/Prelude to Helena

 

City: Moro

County: Lee

Location: Moro City Park

Sponsor: ACWSC, Town of Moro, Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 683783
UTM-Y: 3852198
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.79544426
Longitude: -90.99110786

Marker Text

Moro in the Civil War

The town of Moro was established in 1850 and about 700 people lived here and nearby when the Civil War began in 1861. Union troops from the 1st Indiana, 1st Missouri, 9th Illinois, 5th Kansas, 2nd Wisconsin, and 3rd and 4th Iowa Cavalry, with six cannon, camped here on the night of Nov. 7, 1862, during an expedition from Helena. Leaving the next morning, the Union command divided for the return to Helena. Bands of Confederate horsemen hit one Union column repeatedly, wounding 22 men though 15 Confederates were captured and many killed.

No. 44

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Town of Moro
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

2012

Prelude to Helena

Gen. Theophilus Holmess Confederate army converged on Helena in late June 1863, bent on attacking the Union post there to relieve the pressure on Vicksburg. Gen. John S. Marmadukes cavalry and Gen. Sterling Prices infantry divisions set out from Jacksonport on June 22 and camped at or near Moro on June 30 after marching 69 miles on rain-soaked roads. The Confederates hit Helena on July 4, 1863, with Marmaduke attacking from the north and Price from the west. The strongly entrenched Union garrison won the battle, inflicting 1,614 casualties.

No. 44

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Town of Moro
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

2012

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