Kelso in Desha County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Skirmish at Amos Bayou
Erected 2013 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Desha County Historical Society, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. (Marker Number 64.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 46.962′ N, 91° 16.155′ W. Marker is in Kelso, Arkansas, in Desha County. Marker is on Kelso Road 0.3 miles east of State Route 1, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located near the Kelso Cemetery entrance gateway. Marker is in this post office area: Watson AR 71674, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker Old Town of Napoleon (approx. 0.9 miles away); Desha County Seat (approx. 7.8 miles away); Arkansas Indians (approx. 13.3 miles away).
Regarding Skirmish at Amos Bayou. The area that would become Kelso was the site of a minor Civil War skirmish that occurred on February 19–20, 1863. The skirmish began at Cypress Bend (Desha County) on the Mississippi River ten miles due east of the area of Kelso. Even today, residents remark of a cannonball embedded in a walnut tree near the Kelso Cemetery. During the war, many people living at Cypress Bend moved to the area of Kelso to escape cannon fire from Union gunboats firing at a small but persistent Confederate battery at Cypress Bend.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.