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Near St. Francis in Clay County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Chalk Bluff in the Civil War

Skirmish of May 15, 1862

 
 
Chalk Bluff in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 14, 2009
1. Chalk Bluff in the Civil War Marker
Inscription. Chalk Bluff occupied a strategic position during the Civil War. Its cliffs commanded a vital river crossing on the only major road from Missouri into the Crowley's Ridge country. Provisions were collected here and shipped downstream to Confederate forces.

At daybreak on May 15, 1862 Union troops seized the ferry, crossed the river under fire, captured the town and drove the Confederates into the woods.
 
Erected 1973 by Arkansas History Commission - Clay County Centennial Year.
 
Location. 36° 28.705′ N, 90° 9.799′ W. Marker is near St. Francis, Arkansas, in Clay County. Marker can be reached from County Road 347. Click for map. Located at the start of a walking trail in Chalk Bluff Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Piggott AR 72454, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Chalk Bluff in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Chalk Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Chalk Bluff Crossing and Town (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Chalk Bluff in the Civil War
Chalk Bluff in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 14, 2009
2. Chalk Bluff in the Civil War Marker
(about 700 feet away); The Battle at Chalk Bluff (approx. 0.7 miles away in Missouri).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Memorial Plaque
Near the marker is this memorial plaque in memory of Norman E. Muse, who played a leading role in the park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,426 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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