Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Van Buren Raid


City: Van Buren

County: Crawford

Location: Drennen-Scott Historic Site, 221 N. 3rd St.

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Drennen-Scott Historic Site (UA-Fort Smith), Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 376707
UTM-Y: 3922256
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.436133
Longitude: -94.3583120

Marker Text

Van Buren Raid

After the Dec. 7, 1862, Battle of Prairie Grove, the Union Frontier Division set out to strike Confederate forces on the Arkansas River. On Dec. 27, 8,000 Union troops headed south through the Boston Mountains. They hit Van Buren on Dec. 28 and opened fire with their cannon, some of which may have been placed at the Drennen-Scott House. Confederate guns responded from Fort Smith, and the artillery dueled until sunset. The Confederates abandoned Fort Smith that night. The Federals burned boats and supplies and headed north, joined by former slaves.

No. 127

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Drennen-Scott Historic Site (UA-Fort Smith)

Arkansas Humanities Council

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program


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