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Clarendon in Monroe County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Clarendon in the Civil War

 
 
Clarendon in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
1. Clarendon in the Civil War Marker
Inscription.  Clarendon was a major White River port and crossroads when the Civil War began. Six Confederate companies were raised here and in Monroe County in 1861-2. A Union fleet tried to supply the Army of the Southwest here in June 1862, but turned back because of low water. Nearby Aberdeen saw fighting on July 6 and 9, and Union cavalry from Helena raided the area in mid-August 1862. In January 1863, 1,200 Union cavalry from Helena rode to Clarendon to threaten Little Rock after /the Arkansas Post battle, only to be foiled by flooded conditions.
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Union Gen. Frederick Steel's army camped at Clarendon in August 1863 during the campaign to take Little Rock, and they suffered badly from malarial conditions and burned much of the town. On March 15, 1864, the 8th Missouri Cavalry (U.S.) lost four men in a skirmish here, and on June 24 Gen. J.O. Shelby's Confederates captured and sank the U.S.S. Queen City. Union troops pursuing Shelby then burned more buildings. Guerrillas shot at the U.S. steamer J.D. Perry here on Sept. 9. At war's end, not a building stood
Reverse Side image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Reverse Side
in Clarendon.
 
Erected 2013 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission; City of Clarendon; Arkansas Humanities Counsel; National Endowment for the Humanities; Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Counsel. (Marker Number 63.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 34° 41.579′ N, 91° 18.803′ W. Marker is in Clarendon, Arkansas, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Street and North 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west on Madison Street. Located in front of the Clarendon Tourist Welcome Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 Madison Street, Clarendon AR 72029, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monroe County First Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Clarendon (approx. 1.4 miles away); DeValls Bluff in the Civil War (approx. 10.4 miles away); DeValls Bluff Under Fire (approx. 10.4 miles away); Why DeValls Bluff (approx. 10.4 miles away); Common Ground for Many Soldiers (approx. 10.4 miles away); War on the White River (approx. 10.4 miles away); DeValls Bluff: A Key Union Base (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarendon.
 
Clarendon in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 16, 2020
3. Clarendon in the Civil War Marker
White River at Clarendon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 16, 2020
4. White River at Clarendon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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