Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Phillips County's Confederate Soldiers
—A Part of the Civil War Discovery Trail —
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Between 1861 and 1865, several hundred men— one-third of the able-bodied men in Phillips County — joined the Confederate army. Most enlisted in the opening weeks of the Civil War. The volunteers joined the ranks of the 2nd, 13th, 15th, and 23rd Arkansas Infantry regiments, Key's Battery (Helena Light Artillery), and Dobbins' 1st Arkansas Cavalry.
Served under Helena's Gen. Cleburne
The 2nd, 13th, and 15th Arkansas infantries and Key's Battery fought in the Western Theater of the war, for the most part under Gen. Patrick Cleburne. The 13th was engaged also at Belmont, Missouri. Key's Battery fought and surrendered at Selma, Alabama.
Took Part in Price's Missouri Expedition
The 23rd Arkansas took part in the Iuka-Corinth Campaign, fighting at Corinth and Hatchie's Bridge. It later became part of the garrison at Port Hudson, Louisiana, where it was captured. When exchanged the regiment joined Price's Missouri Expedition.
Dobbins' 1st Arkansas Cavalry was engaged at the battles of Helena and Tulip, and took part in the Little Rock Campaign. The regiment returned to Phillips County where it fought at Big Creek before joining Prices Missouri Expedition.
Generals Hindman and Tappan
Bottom left: Artifacts: Spent Minie balls: from the collection of the late Joe Medonia, Helena, Arkansas; 1860 Army Colt revolver, CS belt buckle and sword: William Penn, Midway, Kentucky; reproduction Minie balls and Confederate half-dollars: Joseph Brent, Versailles, Kentucky.
Bottom middle: Flag of Dobbins' 1st Arkansas Cavalry - Courtesy Old State House Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Top right: Flag of Key's Battery - Courtesy Old State House Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Background: Map of Battles in which Phillips County Men Fought
Erected by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Location. 34° 31.711′ N, 90° 35.321′ W. Marker is in Helena, Arkansas, in Phillips County. Marker can be reached from Pecan Street south of Perry Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located next to the Helena Museum of Phillips County. Marker is at or near this postal address: 623 Pecan Street, Helena AR 72342, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers General Patrick Cleburne (here, next to this marker); Patrick Cleburne in Helena (here, next to this marker); The Irish Immigrant (here, next to this marker); The T-33 Shooting Star (within shouting distance of this marker); The American Legion Hut (within shouting distance of this marker); "We are all the same as dead men" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arkansas' Mercí Car (about 400 feet away); Judge Jacob Trieber (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
Categories. • Military • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 21, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.