Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Road to Marks' Mills/Battle of Marks' Mills

 

City: Fordyce

County: Dallas

Location: 214 Main Street, across from the Dallas County Museum

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Dallas County Museum, Dallas County, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 554416
UTM-Y: 3741539
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 33.816653
Longitude: -92.412049

Marker Text

Road to Marks’ Mills

Gen. Frederick Steele’s Union army set out from Little Rock on March 23, 1864, to join a second army in Louisiana and invade Texas. He made it as far as modern-day Prescott before turning toward Camden in hopes of finding supplies for his starving army. Steele lost a supply train at Poison Spring on April 18, but a wagon train from Pine Bluff arrived on April 20 with 10 days’ rations. He sent it back, along with 1,400 soldiers, to get more supplies. The column took roads near today’s Fordyce on the way to Pine Bluff as Confederates approached.

(Continued on other side)

No. 106

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Dallas County Museum

Dallas County

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

Battle of Marks’ Mills

(Continued from other side.)

Confederate Gen. James Fagan set an ambush east of here at Marks’ Mills with 4,000 cavalrymen in two divisions. On April 25, 1864, they attacked the Union column from two sides, and a desperate, five-hour battle ended with the Union losing some 1,500 men killed, wounded and captured, along with hundreds of wagons. Fagan suffered only 293 casualties in what may have been the greatest Confederate triumph west of the Mississippi. The disaster at Marks’ Mills led Steele to abandon Camden and retreat to Little Rock. He lost 2,750 men in the Camden Expedition.

No. 106

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Dallas County Museum

Dallas County

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

Back to List

Linking Policy