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Near Augusta in Woodruff County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Action at Fitzhugh's Woods

 
 
Action at Fitzhugh's Woods Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
1. Action at Fitzhugh's Woods Marker
Inscription. Col. Christopher C. Andrews led 231 men of the 3rd Minnesota Infantry and 8th Missouri Cavalry to Woodruff Co. on April 1, 1864, to disrupt recruiting by Confederate Gen. Dandridge McRae. Marching 12 miles north of Augusta, and almost capturing McRae, Andrews was attacked by 545 Confederate cavalrymen. Falling back to Fitzhugh's Woods, the U.S. troops withstood several charges before retreating to Augusta. The Confederates, out of ammunition, could do nothing but watch. U.S. losses totaled 29; McRae lost as many as 100 dead and wounded.
 
Erected 2013 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, City of Augusta Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior. (Marker Number 50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 35° 20.903′ N, 91° 19.351′ W. Marker is near Augusta, Arkansas, in Woodruff County. Marker is at the intersection of Arkansas Route 33 and Woodruff Road (County Road 165), on the right when traveling north on State Route 33. Touch for map. Located at a small pullout, about 2 miles east of Negro Head Corner, on east side of road. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta AR 72006, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
View of marker looking easterly towards former Fitzhugh's woods. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
2. View of marker looking easterly towards former Fitzhugh's woods.
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "It Was a Hard Little Fight" (within shouting distance of this marker); Augusta Memorial Park (approx. 4.6 miles away); Woodruff County Courthouse (approx. 4.8 miles away); Woodruff County War Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Augusta Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Woodruff County Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Chickasaw Crossing (approx. 5.1 miles away); City of Augusta (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program about Fitzhugh's Woods Battlefield. (Submitted on April 12, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture article on Action at Fitzhugh's Woods. (Submitted on April 12, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View of marker from just north on Arkansas Highway 33. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
3. View of marker from just north on Arkansas Highway 33.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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