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Near Chidester in Ouachita County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Engagement at Poison Springs

 
 
Engagement at Poison Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2022
1. Engagement at Poison Springs Marker
Inscription.  Here on April 18 1864 a Union forage train of 200 wagons escorted by 1170 men was attacked and captured by Confederate troops commanded by Generals John S. Marmaduke and Samuel B. Maxey. The wagons were loaded with corn for the Union army of General Frederick Steele encamped at Camden. Loss of these supplies helped to hasten Steele's retreat to his base in Little Rock. The Union loss at Poison Springs was 301 men killed, wounded and missing. Confederate casualties totaled 114 men.
 
Erected 1964 by Arkansas Civil War Centennial Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is April 18, 1864.
 
Location. 33° 38.347′ N, 93° 0.271′ W. Marker is near Chidester, Arkansas, in Ouachita County. Marker is on Arkansas Route 76, 1.2 miles west of County Road 100, on the right when traveling west. Located in Poison Springs Battleground State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 665 Hwy 76, Chidester AR 71726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Federal Forage Party Departs Camden April 17, 1864 (within shouting distance of
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this marker); The First Kansas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civil War Battle of Poison Spring - April 18, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate and Federal Forces Engage (within shouting distance of this marker); Forage Party Routed! (within shouting distance of this marker); Order of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Poison Springs. (within shouting distance of this marker); Ouachita County Poison Springs Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chidester.
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Arkansas - Engagement at Poison Spring. Part of the Camden Expedition. (Submitted on June 26, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
View of marker in park, towards pavilion with additional markers. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2022
2. View of marker in park, towards pavilion with additional markers.
Left to right - Generals Marmaduke/Maxey/Steele image. Click for full size.
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3. Left to right - Generals Marmaduke/Maxey/Steele
Entrance at Poison Springs Battleground State Park. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2022
4. Entrance at Poison Springs Battleground State Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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