Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Skirmish at Kickapoo Bottom-Skirmish at Sylamore

 

City: Allison

County: Stone

Location: 23080 Highway 5 North

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Stone County, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 579795
UTM-Y: 3977580
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.939281
Longitude: -92.115316

Marker Text

Skirmish at Kickapoo Bottom

A detachment of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry from Batesville linked with troops of Maj. W.D. Bowen’s Missouri Cavalry on May 28, 1862, at Grigsby’s Ferry to scout the area. On the 29th, they captured a Confederate picket who told them of a camp of soldiers at Kickapoo Bottoms on the White River. The Union troops, hampered by darkness, tried to surround the camp but were fired on by Confederate pickets, resulting in a fire fight. When the smoke cleared, 1 Union soldier was dead and 2 hurt, while 25 Confederates were captured. Confederate guerrillas harassed the U.S. troops as they returned to Batesville.

No. 72

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Stone County

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2014

Skirmish at Sylamore

The steamboat landing at Sylamore here was key in Confederate saltpeter manufacturing operations early in the Civil War. Union troops sought to disrupt those and other Confederate efforts throughout the war. On Jan. 23, 1864, a force of the 1st Nebraska and 6th Missouri State Militia Cavalry hit the camp of Confederate Col. Thomas Freeman on Sylamore Creek. The Federals scattered Freeman’s troops, killing and wounding 25, capturing 57, and seizing guns, horses and mules and destroying the camp. The Union force suffered one man severely wounded.

No. 72

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Stone County

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2014

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