Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Searcy Landing in the Civil War/Guerrilla War on the Little Red

 

City: Searcy

County: White

Location: River Oaks Golf Course, SE corner of Golf Course Drive and Cottage Lake Road.

Sponsor: ACWSC, Killough Family, WCHS and CWRT, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 618394
UTM-Y: 3902844
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.2617212
Longitude: -91.69843469

Marker Text

Searcy Landing in the Civil War

Searcy Landing was a steamboat stop with cotton warehouses before the war. On May 9, 1862, Col. P.J. Osterhaus's 3rd Division of the Union Army of the Southwest built a bridge across the Little Red River, camping here as they threatened Little Rock. Union forces stayed several weeks, battling with Confederates before retreating to Batesville, then marching to Helena. In August 1863 the U.S.S. Cricket captured the steamboats Kaskaskia and Tom Sugg at Searcy Landing and destroyed Gen. John S. Marmaduke's pontoon bridge that crossed the river here.

No. 39

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
In loving memory of Larry Killough, Jr., and James Webb Killough
White County Civil War Round Table
White County Historical Society
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2012

Guerrilla War on the Little Red

As the Civil War in Arkansas degenerated into guerrilla warfare in 1864, U.S. troops from Batesville and Little Rock often came to Searcy Landing hunting bands of cavalry operating in the Little Red River valley. In August, Union Gen. J.R. West led 3,094 men in search of Col. T.H. McCray's 2,000 Confederate cavalry in the valley, chasing them north and east of the landing, then returning to Little Rock. Searcy Landing stayed a steamboat dock and river crossing for around 50 years after the war ended until the first bridge was built in 1911.

No. 39

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
In loving memory of Larry Killough, Jr., and James Webb Killough
White County Civil War Round Table
White County Historical Society
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2012

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