Jacksonville in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Brother Against Brother
Union and Confederate Missourians Fight at Bayou Meto
At least 30,000 — some historians say as many as 40,000 — Missourians served in Confederate units, and at least 7,000 of them died.
Missouri soldiers would play prominent roles for both sides in the Little Rock Campaign. In fact, the majority of the Confederate cavalrymen who served in the campaign and in the fighting at Reed's Bridge were from Missouri.
"From the early 1850s through the mid-1870s, almost every community in Missouri suffered terrible internal divisions. As Missouri's neighbors free states to the north and east, slave states to the south and east, and federal territories to the south and west, including troubled Kansas quarreled among themselves over the era's most controversial issues, some Missourians' commitment to moderation began to falter as well. Missourians took up arms in defense of their
— From Missouri's War: The Civil War in Documents,
Silvana R. Siddali, editor.
Missouri Troops in the Little Rock Campaign
First Missouri Cavalry
Second Missouri Cavalry
Third Missouri Cavalry
Seventh Missouri Cavalry
Eighth Missouri Cavalry
Second Missouri Light
Artillery, Batteries K and M
Left to right:
Private James A. Carlile served in Co. F, First Missouri Cavalry (U.S.).
Charles F. Hartman was a first lieutenant in Co. L, Third Missouri Cavalry (U.S.).
Private John Floyd served in Col. DeWitt Clinton Hunter's Cavalry (C.S.), a unit raised in 1864.
First Sergeant John F. Fealy of Co. F, First Missouri Cavalry (U.S.) had this image made at A.J. Millard's photo studio in Little Rock.
First Lieutenant Samuel G. Appleby of Co. M, Eighth
Col. William L. Jeffers led the Eighth Missouri Cavalry (C.S.) during the Little Rock Campaign. Courtesy James E. McGhee.
Captain James T. Ward fought in Brig. Gen. Joseph O. Shelby's Confederate "Iron Brigade.”
John A. Pond enlisted in Co. H of the Eighth Missouri Cavalry (U.S.) as a sergeant, but rose to the rank of first lieutenant.
Thomas A. Muzzall of the First Missouri Cavalry (U.S.) would later serve as a hospital steward for the Fifty-seventh U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment. Courtesy Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas
Young Frank Stanley was a bugler in the Seventh Missouri Cavalry (U.S.).
Col. Lewis Merrill's Second Missouri Cavalry Regiment (U.S.) inspired a popular song of the Civil War: "The Merrill Horse or, The Guerrillas Conquered. An Historical Ballad of the War Against Guerrillas in North East Missouri." By permission of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University.
Erected by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the City of Jacksonville and Reed's Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 34° 50.803′ N, 92° 7.187′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker is on South First Street (Arkansas Route 161) south of Carver Lane, on the right when traveling south. 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. A Gallant Charge (here, next to this marker); Like Sorrow's Veil... (approx. ¼ mile away); The Little Rock Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); Marmaduke-Walker Duel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thunder on Bayou Meto (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Reed's Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Shared Gray Jacob Gray (approx. half a mile away); Memphis Military Road (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on May 10, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.