Fight at the Levee

Fight at the Levee (HM21EQ)

Location: Helena-West Helena, AR 72342 Phillips County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 32.367', W 90° 35.168'

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During the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863, constant fire from Union cavalry and artillery near the levee helped stall the Confederate advance on Battery A.

The Union Troops at the Levee

Union Colonel Powell Clayton's 5th Kansas and
1st Indiana cavalry, aided by the 3rd Iowa Battery
and two small guns manned by the Indiana
cavalry, harassed Confederate General John S.
Marmaduke's left flank all morning. Marmaduke
finally ordered General L. Marshall Walker to
clear the Federals from the levee.

The Confederates Deploy

Walker sent several hundred men of the 5th
Arkansas Cavalry, Dobbins' Arkansas Cavalry,
and a four-gun battery of artillery into action
against the Union line. The Confederates forced
their way across the Union obstructions and
deployed on the floodplain.

General Walker Retreats
Clayton's forces proved very stubborn foes.
Walker reported, "I had hard fighting on my left
flank, and when my right became exposed I
commenced to get loose from the enemy and
retired." The Confederates failed. Walker
retreated with the rest of Marmaduke's Division.

[Inset quote]
"The rebel guns were posted above us near the river wall, and
between them and us was a slough or bayou; across this the
rebel sharp-shooters had waded and were posted behind
everything that could afford them shelter, and they disputed
every inch of ground with sullen pertinacity."
    Captain William F. Crietz, Co. A, 5th Kansas Cavalry
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HM NumberHM21EQ
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Year Placed2013
Placed ByArkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 721519 N 3824618
Decimal Degrees34.53945000, -90.58613333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 32.367', W 90° 35.168'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 32' 22.02" N, 90° 35' 10.08" W
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Area Code(s)870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1517 Cherry St, Helena-West Helena AR 72342, US
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