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Near Lake Village in Chicot County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Battle at Ditch Bayou

 
 
The Battle at Ditch Bayou Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
1. The Battle at Ditch Bayou Marker
Inscription. It is the morning of June 6, 1864. Rain has created a muddy mess. To your left are four cannon. To your right are 600 cavalrymen and two more cannon. These men served under Confederate Colonel Colten Greene. To your front is Ditch Bayou, and 700 yards beyond that 3,000 troops under Union Major General A.J. Smith. Among them is the 8th Wisconsin with its mascot, Old Abe, the War Eagle.

As the Union troops advance, the cannon thunder with grape and canister. The seasoned troops closed the gaps in their line and keep coming. They poured volley after volley toward their position. However, most of the Confederate troops are hidden in trees while the Union soldiers are caught in the open.

The battle rages for six hours. The mile-long Federal line reaches the edge of the bayou. They have suffered high casualties, 132 killed, wounded, or missing. Federal losses would be higher had the black powder smoke not created a protective fog.

Finally, ammunition dwindling, the Confederates make an orderly withdrawal and march past Lake Village. They have only four killed and 33 wounded. The Union troops bury their 33 dead on the battlefield and carry their wounded into town. Some of the seriously wounded men suffer for months until they die in a hospital.

This was the largest battle to occur in Chicot County
General Andrew Jackson Smith / Colonel Colten Greene image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
2. General Andrew Jackson Smith / Colonel Colten Greene
and the last significant battle on Arkansas soil.
 
Erected by the American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 33° 16.173′ N, 91° 13.329′ W. Marker is near Lake Village, Arkansas, in Chicot County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 82 and Pugh Circle, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 82. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4563 US-82, Lake Village AR 71653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Casualties at Ditch Bayou June 6, 1864 (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Lakeport in the Civil War (approx. 4 miles away); Lakeport Plantation House (approx. 4 miles away); Italian Immigrants On Sunnyside Plantation (approx. 5.4 miles away); Chicot County Confederate Monument (approx. 5.5 miles away); Chicot County (approx. 5.5 miles away); New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh (approx. 6.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lake Village.
 
More about this marker. There are local plans to replace these old markers.
 
Regarding The Battle at Ditch Bayou.
Ditch Bayou image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
3. Ditch Bayou
The Battle of Ditch Bayou was also known as (aka):

aka: Engagement at Old River Lake
aka: Engagement at Lake Chicot
aka: Engagement at Lake Village
aka: Engagement at Furlough
aka: Engagement at Fish Bayou
aka: Engagement at Grand Lake
 
Also see . . .
1. From the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture on battle. (Submitted on November 9, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. The Battle at Old River Lake. (Submitted on November 9, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Ditch Bayou & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
4. Ditch Bayou & Marker
View of markers looking towards Lake Chicot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
5. View of markers looking towards Lake Chicot.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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