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Near Barton in Phillips County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lick Creek Skirmish

 
 
Lick Creek Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
1. Lick Creek Skirmish Marker
Inscription. After the Jan. 11, 1863, battle at Arkansas Post, Gen. Willis Gorman led troops from Helena on a raid up the White River. Col. Powell Clayton and 1,200 cavalrymen went to Big Creek west of Helena when a patrol of 25 men of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry was sent back with messages. On arriving at Lick Creek, they found the bridge burned. As they forded the creek, around 200 Confederate horsemen attacked the patrol. The Wisconsin men, armed only with pistols, shot five or six attackers, but were quickly overrun. Only 5 of the 25 men made it to Helena.
 
Erected 2014 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Delta Heritage Trail State Park, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. (Marker Number 84.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 32.019′ N, 90° 46.134′ W. Marker is near Barton, Arkansas, in Phillips County. Marker is on Arkansas Route 85 1.2 miles south of Old Little Rock Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the Lick Creek trailhead at Delta Heritage Trail State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Barton AR 72312, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Bridge over the Lick Creek can be seen in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
2. Bridge over the Lick Creek can be seen in background.
At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Helena, Arkansas (approx. 9.6 miles away); Battery B (approx. 9.8 miles away); Battery C Revealed (approx. 9.8 miles away); The 33rd Missouri Spikes the Guns (approx. 9.8 miles away); A Terrific Fire From Graveyard Hill (approx. 9.8 miles away); A Short Lived Confederate Victory (approx. 9.8 miles away); A Cemetery Becomes a Battleground (approx. 9.8 miles away); Battle of Helena (approx. 9.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture article on the Skirmish at Lick Creek. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View of Lick Creek Skirmish Marker at trailhead. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
3. View of Lick Creek Skirmish Marker at trailhead.
 
 
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 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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