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

Fort Lookout

Redoubt A

— 1863     1864 —

 
 
Redoubt A - Fort Lookout Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2022
1. Redoubt A - Fort Lookout Marker
Inscription.  This is one of nine Civil War fortifications that were constructed in 1863-64 by Confederate soldiers and slaves under the command of Camden lawyer, Colonel Alexander Hawthorn.

This massive earthen redoubt contained a battery of six artillery pieces, fronted by deep entrenchments rectangular in shape, this excellent location offered a panoramic view of the Ouachita River and was designed to protect its fords to the north and east. Another adjacent l-shaped fortification to the west mounted three additional guns to command roads from Tate’s Bluff to the west some trenches of the original fortification are visible near the top of the apex of the fort.

Union soldiers improved this fortification during their brief occupation of Camden in April 1864.
 
Erected 2005 by Camden Historical Advisory Commission sponsored by Camden A&P Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1864.
 
Location. 33° 35.895′ N, 92° 49.993′ W. Marker is in Camden, Arkansas
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, in Ouachita County. Marker is at the intersection of Rogers Street NW and Monroe Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Rogers Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Rogers St NW, Camden AR 71701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Redoubt B (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Simmons (approx. ¾ mile away); Camden Water Battle (approx. 0.8 miles away); To Our Confederate Women (approx. one mile away); Ecore A-Fabre or Fabre’s Bluff (approx. one mile away); Ouachita County Desert Storm Memorial (approx. one mile away); Fort Southerland (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Diamond (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
Regarding Fort Lookout. Redoubt A was the northernmost of a series of 5 redoubts built in defense of the city by Confederate forces in early 1864, preparatory to the Union Army's Camden Expedition (March–May 1864). The site has been designated a National Historic Landmark as part of the Camden Expedition Sites, a collection of military sites related to the expedition.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Camden Expedition Sites National Historic Landmark. (Submitted on June 27, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Fort Lookout - Redoubt A Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2022
2. Fort Lookout - Redoubt A Marker
Colonel Alexander Travis Hawthorn (January 10, 1825 – May 31, 1899) image. Click for full size.
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3. Colonel Alexander Travis Hawthorn (January 10, 1825 – May 31, 1899)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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