Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Naval Combat at West Point/Combat on the Little Red River

 

City: West Point

County: White

Location: SE corner of Highway 36E and Front St.

Sponsor: ACWSC, West Point, WCCWHT, WCHS, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 626286
UTM-Y: 3896926
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.20740948
Longitude: -91.61260471

Marker Text

Naval Combat at West Point

The U.S. gunboat Cricket steamed up the Little Red River Aug. 14, 1863, hunting the Confederate steamboats Kaskaskia and Tom Sugg. She captured the vessels at Searcy Landing and destroyed a pontoon bridge. While the flotilla steamed downriver, 500 Confederate cavalrymen led by Col. G.W. Thompson attacked. The Kaskaskias pilot was wounded, and Confederate troops tried to board her, but were repelled. The Cricket fired her cannons at the attackers and some rounds hit West Point, damaging several houses as the vessels struggled downstream.

No. 38

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
City of West Point
White County Historical Society
White County Civil War Round Table
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2012

Combat on the Little Red River

The Confederates pursued the Cricket and steamers down the river, attacking again about four miles below West Point without success. The Cricket met the U.S.S. Lexington farther downstream, and the Confederates struck again as the fleet steamed down the Little Red. The Lexington opened fire with her 8-inch guns, and Thompson called off the attack. The Confederates suffered 8 casualties, including Maj. L.A. Gilkey, who fell mortally wounded. Union troops lost 2 men killed and 6 wounded in the only naval engagement of the 1863 Little Rock Campaign.

No. 38

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
City of West Point
White County Historical Society
White County Civil War Round Table
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2012

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