Clarksville in the Civil War / Depredations Historical

Clarksville in the Civil War / Depredations Historical (HM1THD)

Location: Clarksville, AR 72830 Johnson County
Country: United States of America
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N 35° 28.263', W 93° 27.908'

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Clarksville in the Civil War

Clarksville was a key point in the defense of the Arkansas River Valley during the Civil War. Confederate troops occupied the town several times before Union forces took Little Rock and Ft. Smith, gaining control of the valley. Lt. Col. G.M. Waugh and men of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry (U.S.) used Clarksville as a base in early 1864 to fight guerrilla bands and Confederates cutting telegraph lines in the area. When Gen. J.O. Shelby's Confederates crossed the river in May 1864, Waugh left, torching much of Clarksville, including the Methodist church.

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On Feb. 20 1865, Union Jayhawkers raided the home of Lutetia Howell and Susan Willis in Johnson County's Pittsburg community. They held the women's legs in a bed of hot coals in an attempt to force them to tell if they had hidden money, then burned the house to the ground. Mrs. Howell was burned so badly that her leg had to be amputated. Other women in the area were also tortured and other houses burned. Union officials arrested deserters and soldiers from Kansas and Arkansas accused of taking part in the crimes, though none apparently were punished.
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2015
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Johnson County Historical Society, Johnson County, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council
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Date Added Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 457800 N 3925382
Decimal Degrees35.47105000, -93.46513333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 28.263', W 93° 27.908'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 28' 15.78" N, 93° 27' 54.48" W
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Area Code(s)479
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 US-64, Clarksville AR 72830, US
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