Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Taylor's Creek and Mount Vernon


City: Colt

County: St. Francis

Location: SW of junction of Hwy. 1 and Old Military Road

Sponsor: ACWSC, St. Francis County Historical Society

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 699373
UTM-Y: 3889835
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.13165729
Longitude: -90.81180021

Marker Text

Taylors Creek and Mount Vernon

In early May 1863, Union troops left Helena to disrupt Confederate troops and destroy supplies and forage. Gen. John S. Marmadukes Confederates confronted them at Taylors Creek on May 11, and after an hour-long skirmish the outnumbered Union troops fell back to the LAnguille River. Confederate troops attacked a second Union detachment at Mount Vernon (near Forrest City) on the same day, but the Unionists fought them off. U.S. losses were 2 killed, 18 wounded, while the Confederates lost at least 5 dead and 3 injured. Tons of supplies were destroyed.

No. 75

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
St. Francis County Historical Society


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