Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Scott County in the Civil War

 

City: Waldron

County: Scott

Location: 110 S. Main St.

Sponsor: ACWSC, Scott Co., Scott Co. Historical Society, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 400275
UTM-Y: 3862508
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.90009867
Longitude: -94.09150893

Marker Text

Scott County in the Civil War

While Scott County residents were divided on the issue of secession, once Arkansas left the Union, many supported the Confederacy. The first fighting there was a Sept. 11, 1863, skirmish near Waldron where the 14th Kansas lost 1 dead and 2 wounded while 1 Confederate was hurt. The 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry fought near there on Oct. 6. Waldron became a U.S. base. Union scouting parties from Waldron ventured toward Mount Ida, Caddo Gap and Dallas, and down Dutch Creek during December, when 1,500 troops from Arkansas, Kansas and Indiana occupied the town.

No. 56

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Scott County
Scott County Historical Society
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2013
Scott County in the Civil War

On Dec. 29, 1863, Confederates under Maj. Gibson attacked an outpost of 2nd Kansas Cavalry men at Waldron. Gibson died and 8 of his men were wounded, while 1 Kansan died and 6 were hurt defending their post. After another U.S. soldier was wounded in a Feb. 1, 1864, skirmish, Union commanders chose to abandon Waldron and burned most of the town as they left. The last skirmish in Scott Co. was fought June 19, 1864, when 250 men of the 6th, 9th and 14th Kansas Cavalry attacked around 500 troops of Wells Texas Cavalry at Hons Farm, routing them.

No. 56

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Scott County
Scott County Historical Society
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2013

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