Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Skirmish at Witts Springs/Marmaduke's Missouri Raid

 

City: Witts Springs

County: Searcy

Location: Old Witts Springs School campus, Highway 16

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Witts Springs Community Voices, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 512084
UTM-Y: 3958624
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.771583
Longitude: -92.866295

Marker Text

Skirmish at Witts Springs

Unionist Peace Society member B.F. Taylor and Confederate deserter Jeptha McGinness formed a company of Union men and deserters for protection from Capt. J.H. Love’s local Confederate Home Guard. They were drilling at Witts Springs when scouts of Col. J.O. Shelby’s brigade appeared on Jan. 2, 1863. Thinking they were Love’s men, Taylor’s troops fired, killing 1. Other Confederates attacked and scattered Taylor’s men, killing 12 and capturing 27. Six deserters were tried by courts martial. Three were convicted and executed by firing squad on Jan. 3.

No. 128

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Witts Springs Community Voices

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

Marmaduke’s Missouri Raid

On Dec. 31, 1862, Confederate Gen. John Marmaduke set out from Lewisville on a raid into Missouri. He rode with Col. J.O. Shelby’s “Iron Brigade” of Missouri cavalry, heading to Yellville to link with other troops for the raid. On Jan. 2, 1863, they skirmished with local Unionists here, at Witts Springs, before riding on to Richland Valley. They camped on the Buffalo River on the night of Jan. 3 and held courts martial for six Confederate deserters captured in the skirmish. Three were executed. Marmaduke reached Yellville on the 4th and moved north.

No. 128

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Witts Springs Community Voices

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

2015

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