Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Wittsburg in the Civil War


City: Wittsburg

County: Cross

Location: 1062 Cross County Road 739

Sponsor: ACWSC, Cross County Historical Society, Cross County, ANCRC

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 709340
UTM-Y: 3899460
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.21635364
Longitude: -90.70004247

Marker Text

Wittsburg in the Civil War
After Arkansas seceded from the Union in May 1861, Confederate officers began to recruit in the Wittsburg area. Companies B, D, F and K of the 5th Arkansas Infantry Regiment were organized at Wittsburg June 12-14, 1861. David Cross, for whom Cross County is named, led the regiment. Union cavalry in the campaign to capture Little Rock stopped here for supplies and built a fortification on the high ground above town in July 1863, and a patrol of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry skirmished here June 6, 1864.2,157 Confederates were paroled here in 1865.
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Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Cross County Historical Society
Cross County
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

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