Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Tate's Bluff in the Civil War


City: Tate's Bluff

County: Ouachita

Location: County Road 25 near Game and Fish access road

Sponsor: ACWSC, Camden Advertising and Promotion Commission, Ouachita County Historical Advisory Commission, NPS

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 509380
UTM-Y: 3740462
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 33.80429901
Longitude: -92.89865933

Marker Text

Tates Bluff in the Civil War

Confederate forces moved to southwestern Arkansas after Little Rock fell in late 1863. Tates Bluff, on high ground above the confluence of the Little Missouri and Ouachita rivers, was recognized for its strategic importance. A permanent cavalry picket was posted there in November 1863. The Confederates began fortifying Camden in early 1864 and a small fort was built at Tates Bluff around then. While no combat took place there, Tates Bluff served as an observation post, a point for gathering troops, and possibly an 1864 supply depot.

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Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Camden Advertising and Promotion Commission
Camden and Ouachita County Historical Advisory Commission
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior


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