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Jacksonville in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Marmaduke-Walker Duel

 
 
Marmaduke-Walker Duel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
1. Marmaduke-Walker Duel Marker
Inscription.  Following the Aug. 27, 1863, battle at Bayou Meto, Confederate Gen. John Marmaduke asked to be removed from under Gen. Lucius M. Walker’s command. The two generals were at odds over actions at Helena and Brownsville earlier in 1863. Marmaduke’s transfer was approved, but after a series of messages passed between the generals’ staffs, Walker issued a challenge to a duel. The officers met at dawn on Sept. 6, armed with Navy Colts. Both fired and missed, then Marmaduke fatally wounded Walker, who died the next day after forgiving the man who shot him.
 
Erected 2015 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society, Dennis and Marsha Ward, Arkansas Humanities Council/Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. (Marker Number 118.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable EventsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission series list.
 
Location.
View from marker towards Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park, across the road center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
2. View from marker towards Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park, across the road center.
34° 50.574′ N, 92° 7.459′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker is at the intersection of South First Street (Arkansas Route 161) and Lakeshore Drive, on the right when traveling south on South First Street. Located at the Bayou Meto Canoe & Walking Trailheads. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: South First Street, Jacksonville AR 72076, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thunder on Bayou Meto (a few steps from this marker); The Little Rock Campaign (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Like Sorrow's Veil... (about 700 feet away); Brother Against Brother (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Gallant Charge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Reed's Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shared Gray     Jacob Gray (approx. 0.9 miles away); Memphis Military Road (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Also see . . .  The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture article on the Marmaduke-Walker Duel. (Submitted on April 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
John S. Marmaduke image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
3. John S. Marmaduke
from The Biographical Dictionary of America, Vol. 7, 1906 by Rossiter Johnson.
Lucius M. Walker image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, circa 1862
4. Lucius M. Walker
View of marker in small Bayou Meto park near the Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
5. View of marker in small Bayou Meto park near the Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park.
Marker notes actual location of the duel and located about 10 miles southwest in North Little Rock. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
6. Marker notes actual location of the duel and located about 10 miles southwest in North Little Rock.
Located near 4124 England Road (U.S. Highway 165) in North Little Rock.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3, 4. submitted on October 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on April 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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