Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Seven Confederate Generals
Seven Phillips Co. men served as generals in the Confederate army. Patrick Cleburne, perhaps the most acclaimed Arkansas general, led an Army of Tennessee division and proposed freeing slaves if they would fight for the Confederacy. He was killed in the battle of Franklin, Tenn. Thomas C. Hindman built an Arkansas army from scratch and led it at Prairie Grove; he also commanded a division east of the Mississippi. He was murdered in Helena after the war. Lucius E. Polk led Cleburne's brigade after that general's promotion until wounds forced him to retire.
Daniel C. Govan led a brigade in Tennesssee and Georgia before surrendering in North Carolina in 1865. James C. Tappan led his Arkansans in battles in Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, and at Jenkins' Ferry, Ark. Cleburne, Hindman and Tappan are buried in Helena's Maple Hill Cemetery. Two of the seven were acting generals. Charles W. Adams led two infantry regiments before serving on Thomas C. Hindman's staff and in administrative positions in Arkansas. Archibald Dobbins led a brigade of cavalry, though he never received a brigadier's star.
Erected 2013 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Civil War, Helena Helena-West Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission, Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior. (Marker Number 51.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
Location. 34° 31.691′ Touch for map. Located in the southwest corner of Court Square Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 622 Walnut Street, Helena AR 72342, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Comes to Arkansas (a few steps from this marker); Live at the Opera House (a few steps from this marker); The Right to Vote (within shouting distance of this marker); Answering a Call for Help (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Judge Jacob Trieber (about 300 feet away); The American Legion Hut (about 300 feet away); "We shall never be the same" (about 300 feet away); The T-33 Shooting Star (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
Also see . . . Confederate Generals from Arkansas. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.