Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits

Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits (HM21DA)

Location: Gillett, AR 72055 Arkansas County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 1.306', W 91° 20.884'

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—Dyer Hitchcock, private, 23rd Wisconsin Infantry —

A bitter winter rain had turned the ground to mud. But the Confederate
soldiers had to keep digging. These rifle pits, lying just a few feet from where
you stand, were far from finished. Though exhausted and hungry, the soldiers
were ordered to tear down their quarters—the huts they had just built—using
the logs to reinforce their defensive line. The men had to use boards as shovels.
A Texan recalled, "Each man working fully impressed. . . that every shovel of
dirt he piled in his front might save his hide."

Sunday morning dawned bright and clear, but not peaceful. The ground shook
as the cannons roared. The Confederates fiercely defended their line. Though
ordered to.fight to the last man, that afternoon white flags appeared from the
rifle pits to the surprise of their leaders. "It was the only intelligible thing we
could do," explained a Texan. "The next charge would have annihilated us."

The men in the ditches fought like so many tigers...
Clinton W. Gerard, sergeant, 83rd Ohio Infantry

{Background photo caption}:
Fort Hindman
The rifle pits extended 700 yards across the peninsula, reaching from the fort on one end to an impassable swamp on the other.
HM NumberHM21DA
Placed ByNational Park Service, Department of the Interior, Arkansas Post National Memorial
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 652521 N 3765799
Decimal Degrees34.02176667, -91.34806667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 1.306', W 91° 20.884'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 1' 18.36" N, 91° 20' 53.04" W
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Area Code(s)870
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1623B Old Post Rd, Gillett AR 72055, US
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