Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Mount Olive in the Civil War

 

City: Mount Olive

County: Izard

Location: Junction of Hwys. 12 and 18 at Mount Olive Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 581838
UTM-Y: 398446
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 36.001039
Longitude: -92.091978

Marker Text

Mount Olive in the Civil War

Union troops were active around Mount Olive. On May 29, 1862, men of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry skirmished with Confederate guerrillas at Kickapoo Bottoms on the White River south of Mount Olive. Union horsemen from the 1st Indiana Cavalry occupied the town on June 3, and troops of the 4th Iowa Cavalry fought the 9th Missouri Cavalry (C.S.) here on June 7. Raiders from the 1st Nebraska and 6th Missouri State Militia Cavalry came to Mount Olive Jan. 25, 1864, killing Isaac

Jeffery, a Confederate soldier on leave, and two others before burning the town.

No. 80

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2014

Mount Olive in the Civil War

Confederates of the 3rd Missouri Volunteers were stationed at Mount Olive when the Izard County Courthouse here served as an enlistment post. Co. G of the 27th Arkansas Infantry under Capt. R.C. Matthews enlisted here May 18, 1862; Barney Ford of Co. G would rise to lieutenant colonel. The 27th trained across the White River from here. Izard County Confederates served in the 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 21st and 27th Arkansas Infantry, and Col. T.R Freeman’s Cavalry. On Jan. 29, 1865, 75 men of Lt. Col. J.A. Schnable’s command were stationed here.

No. 80

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2014

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