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Gum Springs in White County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Action at Des Arc Bayou

 
 
Action at Des Arc Bayou Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
1. Action at Des Arc Bayou Marker
Inscription. On July 8, 1864, a column of 221 men of the 10th Illinois Cavalry headed for Searcy to confront Gen. J.O. Shelbys Confederates, who were operating in the area. They set up camp at Des Arc Bayou on July 13. At 4:30 a.m. July 14, around 500 men under Confederate Col. B. Frank Gordon attacked the sleeping Federals from three sides. As chaos reigned in the Union camp, only a handful of Union troops managed to mount their horses and flee — 131 were killed, wounded, or captured. Shelby proclaimed the 10th "whipped, routed and scattered."
 
Erected 2012 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, White County Historical Society, White County Civil War Round Table, Lisa M. Wray in honor of Bige E. Wray and in memory of S. Emory Sweet, Pvt., Co. C, 9th Tn. Inf., Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. (Marker Number 32.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 35° 12.196′ N, 91° 46.674′ W. Marker is in Gum Springs, Arkansas, in White County. Marker is at the intersection of Arkansas Route 267 and Ki Ke Acres Road, on the right when traveling south on State Route 267. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2320 AR-267, Searcy AR 72143, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Action at Des Arc Bayou Marker at the Gum Springs Volunteer Fire Station. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
2. Action at Des Arc Bayou Marker at the Gum Springs Volunteer Fire Station.
At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White County Court House (approx. 3.9 miles away); White County Confederate Monument (approx. 4 miles away); White County Vietnam Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Brig. Gen. Dandridge McRae (approx. 4.3 miles away); Spanish Land Grant to John Fayac (approx. 5.1 miles away); Searcy Landing in the Civil War / Guerrilla War on the Little Red (approx. 6 miles away); Action At Whitney's Lane (approx. 6 miles away); Naval Combat at West Point / Combat on the Little Red River (approx. 9.3 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Action at Des Arc Bayou Marker near flag pole. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
3. Action at Des Arc Bayou Marker near flag pole.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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