Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Pope County in the Civil War/Pope County Militia War

 

City: Russellville

County: Pope

Location: Veterans Memorial Park, 399 Lake Shore Drive

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission River Valley Veterans Coalition Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 486812
UTM-Y: 3906883
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.305055
Longitude: -93.145061

Marker Text

Pope County in the Civil War

Pope County soldiers served in at least 10 companies that were raised for Confederate service during the Civil War, fighting in battles east of the Mississippi River and in Arkansas. Two companies were raised in Pope County to serve in the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.), engaging in anti-guerrilla operations in the Arkansas River valley. While no major battles were fought here, there were skirmishes in Pope County Jan. 25 and Feb. 5, 1863, at Dover on March 25, 1864, at Norristown on May 19 and Sept. 6, 1864, and at Glass Village on Sept. 8, 1864.

No. 101

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

River Valley Veterans Coalition

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

Pope County Militia War

Bad feelings ran deep in Pope County after the Civil War. Arkansas’s Unionist Gov. Isaac Murphy appointed a former U.S. soldier as county sheriff in 1865, and a former Confederate officer killed him, a deputy, and the county clerk. A new sheriff was murdered in 1866 and federal troops would occupy the county from 1867-69. Violence flared again in 1872, and a militia unit was formed to restore order, but members instead killed several prisoners. Martial law was declared, but murders continued. Calm returned with Reconstruction’s end.

No. 101

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

River Valley Veterans Coalition

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

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