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

Chalk Bluff in the Civil War

Raids of March-April 1863

 
 
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
This marker was recently remounted on a two post frame.
Inscription. On March 10, 1863 Union cavalry captured the ferry after a three-hour fight. They burned buildings and stores of corn in Chalk Bluff and destroyed a large uncompleted ferry boat. Two weeks later on March 24 Union cavalry returned to Chalk Bluff and pursued retreating Confederates as far as Scatterville south of present day Piggott.

On April 20 Confederate cavalry surprised and routed a Union encampment across the river from Chalk Bluff.
 
Erected 1973 by Arkansas History Commission - Clay County Centennial Year.
 
Location. 36° 28.717′ N, 90° 9.809′ W. Marker is in St. Francis, Arkansas, in Clay County. Marker is on 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. Chalk Bluff (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Chalk Bluff in the Civil War (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
Original Mounting image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, circa 1998
2. Original Mounting
(about 700 feet away); The Battle at Chalk Bluff (approx. 0.7 miles away in Missouri).
 
Also see . . .  Chalk Bluff Civil War Battlefield. More recent photos of the park and the markers. (Submitted on January 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Chalk Bluff in the Civil War Marker on the Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 14, 2009
3. Chalk Bluff in the Civil War Marker on the Trail
Ferry Crossing Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. Ferry Crossing Site
The town of Chalk Bluff is nothing more than a place name today, but during the 19th century it was an important local crossing point over the St. Francis River. The far side of the river here is Dunklin County, Missouri. Later in May 1863, Confederates were forced to cross the river by way of a rudimentary floating bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,906 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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