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Remembering the War Between the States

Cleveland County

Volunteer actors line up in preparation for a reenactment of the battle commemorated at Marks’ Mills State Park, located north of New Edinburg in Cleveland County.

CAMP WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS CONFEDERATE CEMETERY

For 137 years the graves of Confederate soldiers who perished from an unknown disease called "swamp fever" while encamped near present day Sulphur Springs were almost forgotten. Today the Confederate Cemetery is both an historical landmark and a showcase for Civil War enthusiasts. As many as 100 soldiers have been identified, and 65 headstones are in place.


THE BATTLE OF PINE BLUFF

The Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Pine bluff was the site where Union forces under the command of Colonel Powell Clayton repulsed a Confederate attack led by General John S. Marmaduke. Hastily erected breastworks of cotton bales prevented the recapture of the town on October 25 1863. Pine Bluff remained under Federal control the remainder of the war.


PINE BLUFF CONFEDERATE MONUMENT

This monument is located on the north side of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Pine Bluff. 101 W Barraque Street; 870.541.5360

Grant County

Jefferson County

MARKS MILL

On this Civil War site near Fordyce, Confederate forces successfully blocked and captured a large Union supply wagon train in fierce fighting. The Confederate victory forced Union Major General Fred Steele to give up all thoughts of uniting with Union Major General Nathaniel Banks on the Red River. 1-888-AT-PARKS

 

THE MOUNT ELBA BATTLEFIELD

On March 30, 1864, Union forces, led by Colonel Powell Clayton arrived back at Mount Elba to dismantle a Pontoon bridge they had erected earlier. His force was engaged by a strong Confederate force of Slemmon's Brigade at this historic site near Rison. 870-225-7243.

JENKINS FERRY HISTORICAL MONUMENT

Confederate troops attacked General Steele's Union forces at this spot on the Saline River near Sheridan. The park has outdoor exhibits, picnic sites, trails and a launch ramp for boaters. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site is open daily until 10:00PM. 1-888-AT-PARKS60