Caddo Valley in Clark County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Confederate Manufacturing / The Military Road
Arkadelphia was a manufacturing center for Confederate Arkansas early in the Civil War. Gen. Thomas Hindman established a powder works and an arsenal in 1862, producing guns, cannon, bullets, shells, wagons and caissons. Tanning yards provided harnesses, bridles, saddles, knapsacks and shoes. Tons of salt were produced at Arkadelphia, and a chemical laboratory there helped create such medicines as calomel, castor oil, spirits of nitre and tinctures of iron, with citizens providing the plants, weeds and herbs needed as raw materials to make the medicine.
The Military Road
The Military Road, following the route of the old Southwest Trail, passed through the heart of Clark County. Both Confederate and Union troops used the road. Gen. Sterling Price’s Confederates retreated down the road after Little Rock fell in September 1863. Gen. Frederick Steele’s Union army took the road during the Camden Expedition and stayed in Arkadelphia March 29 to April 1, 1864, before heading southwest. Confederate troops skirmished with Steele
Erected 2015 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Clark County Historical Association, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. (Marker Number 65.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 34° 10.843′ N, 93° 4.232′ W. Marker is in Caddo Valley, Arkansas, in Clark County. Marker is on Valley Street (U.S. 67) 0.1 miles south of Malvern Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 Valley St, Arkadelphia AR 71923, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clark County (approx. 4.4 miles away); Clark County Confederate Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Skirmish at Bozeman's House (approx. 7.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.