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Arkansas Post National Memorial in Arkansas County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits

 

—Dyer Hitchcock, private, 23rd Wisconsin Infantry —

 
<i>Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
1. Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits Marker
Inscription. A bitter winter rain had turned the ground to mud. But the Confederate soldiers had to keep digging. These rifle pits, lying just a few feet from where you stand, were far from finished. Though exhausted and hungry, the soldiers were ordered to tear down their quarters—the huts they had just built—using the logs to reinforce their defensive line. The men had to use boards as shovels. A Texan recalled, "Each man working fully impressed. . . that every shovel of dirt he piled in his front might save his hide."

Sunday morning dawned bright and clear, but not peaceful. The ground shook as the cannons roared. The Confederates fiercely defended their line. Though ordered to fight to the last man, that afternoon white flags appeared from the rifle pits to the surprise of their leaders. "It was the only intelligible thing we could do," explained a Texan. "The next charge would have annihilated us."

The men in the ditches fought like so many tigers...
Clinton W. Gerard, sergeant, 83rd Ohio Infantry

{Background photo caption}: Fort Hindman
The rifle pits extended 700 yards across the peninsula, reaching from the fort on one end to an impassable swamp on the other.

 
Erected by National
<i>Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
2. Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits Marker
A Confederate cannon silently aims out in the direction of the Union attacks.
Park Service, Department of the Interior, Arkansas Post National Memorial.
 
Location. 34° 1.306′ N, 91° 20.884′ W. Marker is in Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas, in Arkansas County. Marker can be reached from Old Post Road 0.4 miles south of State Route 169. Touch for map. Located about 600 feet southwest from the first parking area on the road that leads to the picnic area. Marker is in this post office area: Gillett AR 72055, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 38,000 Reasons to Fight (within shouting distance of this marker); On they come like an irresistible thunder bolt (approx. ¼ mile away); Our ironclads and gunboats knocked the fort to pieces (approx. ¼ mile away); Where is Fort Hindman? (approx. ¼ mile away); The Post of Arkansas (approx. 0.3 miles away); The European Settlement (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stone from Ruins of Old Bank (approx. 0.3 miles away); The French Period (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arkansas Post National Memorial.
 
Also see . . .  Explore Southern History article on the Battle of Arkansas Post. (Submitted on September 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The rifle pit area is barely visible anymore. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
3. The rifle pit area is barely visible anymore.
Close-up of rifle pit area from the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 26, 2017
4. Close-up of rifle pit area from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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