The Little Rock Campaign - Brownsville

The Little Rock Campaign - Brownsville (HM26WC)

Location: Lonoke, AR 72086 Lonoke County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 48.92', W 91° 52.772'

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Confederates Fight to Stop Union Advance

On the morning of August 25, 1863, at Bayou Two Prairie (east of where you are standing), Confederate Brigadier General John Marmaduke's troops skirmished with advance elements of Union forces under Brigadier General John Davidson. Marmaduke's forces consisted of 1,300 cavalry and 2 cannons, while Davidson commanded 6,000 cavalry and 16 cannons. The outnumbered Confederates fell back to Bayou Meto at Reed's Bridge (present day Jacksonville) while Union forces under Major General Frederick Steele camped at Brownsville.

"... The enemy's lines, extending across the prairie, could be plainly seen advancing, supported by a large body of cavalry with artillery, and when within about 200 yards of our lines Major Elliot...opened fire upon them, which was immediately returned, and the charge sounded by the bugles of the enemy brought their columns sweeping across the prairie and down upon our retiring column like a whirlwind...Captain Bledsoe let slip with shell and shot...checking up their furious onslaught and driving them out of range as rapidly as they had come."
Lt. Col. B. Frank Gordon
Missouri Cavalry, C.S.A.

"...[A] detachment of the Merrill Horse made a brilliant saber charge upon [Confederates], forcing... [Confederates] to fall back upon the town [Brownsville], but being closely pursued

by my command was forced to beat a precipitate retreat in the direction of Bayou Meto keeping up a running fire for ...7... miles."
-Col. Washington F. Geiger
8th Missouri Cavalry, U.S.A.
HM NumberHM26WC
Placed ByThe American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
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Date Added Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 602475 N 3853136
Decimal Degrees34.81533333, -91.87953333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 48.92', W 91° 52.772'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 48' 55.2" N, 91° 52' 46.32" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)501, 870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 62 Flynt Ln, Lonoke AR 72086, US
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