Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Skirmish at Amos Bayou


City: Kelso

County: Desha

Location: Kelso Cemetery on Highway 1

Sponsor: ACWSC, Desha Co. Hist. Soc., ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 660178
UTM-Y: 3739439
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 33.78298392
Longitude: -91.26998102

Marker Text

Skirmish at Amos Bayou

In mid-February 1863, Confederate troops at Cypress Bend fired on Union transports on the Mississippi River. On Feb. 19, a force of Union cavalry and mule-mounted infantry set out in pursuit. The Union troops drove off enemy pickets before encountering Confederate artillery at Amos Bayou. The combatants traded fire until Union canister forced the Confederates back. The U.S. soldiers crossed the bayou on home-made rafts, but darkness halted their pursuit. The next day, they found a 12-pound howitzer the Confederates had to leave behind.

No. 64

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


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