Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Skirmish at Guesses Creek

 

City: Leola vic.

County: Dallas

Location: Dallas County Road 409 north of junction with Phillips Trail south of Leola

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield, Arkansas Humanities Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 536167
UTM-Y: 3778116
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.1433167
Longitude: -92.6077000

Marker Text

Skirmish at Guesses Creek

Gen. Frederick Steele’s Union army left Camden on April 26, 1864, starting a retreat to Little Rock. Confederate pursuers caught up with them on April 29 on the Jenkins’ Ferry Road and began skirmishing. Union gunners of the 2nd Missouri Artillery held them back as Confederate Col. W.L. Jeffers deployed his troops. Harris’s Confederate Battery was sent to his support as soldiers of Burbridge’s Missouri regiment came up. Union troops of the 40th Iowa, 43rd Illinois and 27th Wisconsin supported the Missouri battery as it held off the Confederates.

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No. 117

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield

Arkansas Humanities Council

Department of Arkansas Heritage

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

Skirmish at Guesses Creek

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As the artillery duel continued, shells from the Confederate guns damaged a nearby home, known locally as the Cannonball House, before the Union men withdrew to the Saline River bottoms in a driving rain, knowing that Confederate troops were in pursuit and battle was likely as they tried to cross the flooded Saline River at Jenkins’ Ferry the next day. The Cannonball House was one of several local buildings used as hospitals after the battle of Jenkins’ Ferry and casualties from the battle are believed to have been buried in the yard near the house.

No. 117

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield

Arkansas Humanities Council

Department of Arkansas Heritage

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

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