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Pocahontas in Randolph County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Randolph County during the War Between the States

— Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail —

 
 
Randolph County during the War Between the States Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 3, 2021
1. Randolph County during the War Between the States Marker
Inscription.  At the beginning of the War Between the States in the spring of 1861, the people of Randolph County, with but few individual exceptions, were in favor of the proposed Confederacy, and did all in their power to help establish it Units, of Confederate companies of soldiers were commanded respectfully by Col. John S. McCarver (14th Arkansas Inf.), Capt. Joseph Martin (Co. A, 7th Ark), Capt: James Archer (Co: C, 7th Ark. Inf.), Capt. John A. Wilson (Co. 1, 7th Ark. Inf.), Capt. Albert Kelsey, (1-Ark Vols), Capt. William Sloan (Co. G, 25th Ark Inf.), Lt. Col. Eli Hufstedler (Co. A, 25th Ark Inf.); Capt. Wm. A. Black (Co. H. 38th Ark. Inf.); Lt. Isaac Schmick (Co. E, 38th Ark Inf.), Lt. John Mitchell (Kelsy's Co., 1 Ark Vol.). and Capt J.M. Schmick (45th Ark Cavalry Co. K) Camp Shaver located south of town was named in honor of Col. Robert G Shaver commander of the 7th & 38th Ark Inf. About 1,200 men served from this county during the war. For a long time early in the war period, General William J. Hardee had his headquarters at Pocahontas while he organized an army of about 10,000 men, consisting of Hindman's Legion, a battery and several Arkansas
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regiments, all of whom were camped at different points along Black River. Irish born General Patrick R. Cleburne was part of Hindman's command Pittman's Ferry was a large staging area for Hardee's Confederate Army before the Confederates crossed the Mississippi River and took part in the Battle of Shiloh. Pocahontas was a vital location during the war having a military hospital, supply depot, and the main military roads converging in Randolph County.

"The Swamp Fox", Brig. Gen. M. Jeff Thompson was captured by men of Gen. John Davidson Federal Army at Pocahontas August 22, 1863.

No Federal units were raised here during the war in the bounds of Randolph County, though Randolph County Unionists served in Missouri regiments.
 
Erected 2006 by North East Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trails Committee Project W. Danny Honnoll - Chairman; M. Ray Jones, III - Trustee, & Terry L. Bandy - Trustee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is August 22, 1863.
 
Location. 36° 15.568′ N, 90° 58.174′ W. Marker is in Pocahontas, Arkansas, in Randolph County. Marker is on Rice Street west of U.S. 62, on the right when traveling north. Located at Black River Overlook Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pocahontas AR 72455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance

Marker at Black River Overlook Park. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 3, 2021
2. Marker at Black River Overlook Park.
of this marker. The Black River (within shouting distance of this marker); The River Basin (within shouting distance of this marker); Native American Culture (within shouting distance of this marker); Settlement (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pocahontas Civil War River Walk Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Shipping Route (about 300 feet away); The Black River Today (about 300 feet away); Pitman's Ferry (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pocahontas.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 6, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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