Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Skirmishes near Mountain Home

 

City: Mountain Home

County: Baxter

Location: Baxter County Courthouse, 1 E 7th St.

Sponsor: ACWSC, SCV, Baxter Co. Hist. Soc., ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 555201
UTM-Y: 4021290
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 36.33507705
Longitude: -92.38491507

Marker Text

Skirmishes Near Mountain Home

On Oct. 12, 1862, Maj. John Wilber led a force of 125 men of the 14th Missouri State Militia (U.S.) and 100 from the Enrolled Militia from Ozark, Mo., to hit Confederate troops camped at Yellville. High water on the White River forced the Union troops to head for Talbots Ferry near modern-day Cotter to seek a crossing. Camping 10 miles from the ferry, they learned that 3,000 Confederate infantry and cavalry with four cannon were approaching. Wilbers troops seized horses, wagons and other supplies and prepared to head to Missouri with the loot.
(Continued on other side)

No. 68

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
27th Arkansas Infantry Camp 1519, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Caroline Meriwether Goodlett Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2013
Skirmishes Near Mountain Home

(Continued from other side)
As the Missouri Unionists moved north, Col. J.R. Shalers Confederates attacked their 25-man rear guard at 2 a.m. on Oct. 17 near Mountain Home. Lt. Reuben P. Mooney, seeing the Confederates between his men and the rest of the Union column, ordered his men to charge through the enemy lines. The charge was made with such impetuosity and gallantry that they fought their way through to the main force without losing a man, though Mooney was severely wounded. Major Wilber claimed the Confederates lost 10 men as casualties and 25 as prisoners.

No. 68

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
27th Arkansas Infantry Camp 1519, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Caroline Meriwether Goodlett Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

2013

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