Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Skirmish at Tomahawk


City: Saint Joe

County: Searcy

Location: Highway 65 at Depot

Sponsor: ACWSC, St. Joe, AHC, DAH, Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 517784
UTM-Y: 3987269
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 36.02977533
Longitude: -92.8026057

Marker Text

Skirmish at Tomahawk
On January 22, 1864, 527 Union soldiers of the First and Second Arkansas Cavalry and Eighth Missouri State Militia Cavalry (U.S.), with one mountain howitzer, fought Col. A.R. Witts Confederates in St. Joe. The Confederates fell back after an initial skirmish to take position on high ground above Tomahawk Creek. The Missouri militia opened fire as the Arkansas troopers hit the Confederates flank, driving them from the field. Two or three Confederates were killed and four were wounded. Two Union men were slightly wounded in the combat.
No. 13
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
City of Saint Joe
Arkansas Humanities Council
Department of Arkansas Heritage
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

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