On January 10, 1863, nine men, including two Confederate officers and prominent local citizens and Masonic lodge members, were taken from a guardhouse near here, led to Samuel Vaughn's farm one mile northeast of Huntsville, and shot. Only one man lived. Lt. Col. Elias Baldwin of the 8th Missouri Cavalry (U.S.) was arrested for "murder of prisoners of war," but freed when witnesses failed to appear. The killings may have been motivated by the deaths of 18 Union soldiers escorting Isaac Murphy's daughters to their home in Huntsville in November 1862.
The nine men killed on January 10, 1863, were Chesley H. Boatright, 39, a blacksmith; Confederate captains Hugh Samuel Berry, 31, and John William Moody, 22; former county treasurer William Berry, 60, a farmer; Watson Stevens, 29, the Berry's cousin; Robert Coleman Young, 56, a minister; and Askin Hughes and John Hughes of Tennessee, who were visiting Huntsville when the incident occurred. The sole survivor of the Huntsville massacre,
Erected 2013 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, City of Huntsville, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. (Marker Number 54.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 10, 1863.
Location. 36° 5.258′ N, 93° 44.185′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Arkansas, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of West War Eagle Avenue and West Main Street (Business U.S. 412), on the right when traveling west on West War Eagle Avenue. Located in Memorial Park across from the Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 West War Eagle Avenue, Huntsville AR 72740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isaac Murphy / Governor Isaac Murphy (here, next to this marker); Madison County (within shouting distance of this marker).
Also see . . . Encyclopedia of Arkansas article on the Huntsville Massacre. (Submitted on October 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.