Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Scott in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Little Rock Campaign - Ashley's Mills

Confederates and Union Forces Skirmish

 
 
The Little Rock Campaign - Ashley's Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
1. The Little Rock Campaign - Ashley's Mills Marker
Inscription. You are standing in the vicinity of where Confederate forces camped on Monday, September 7, 1863, when Union forces under Major General Frederick Steele advancing from Brownsville engaged the brigade of Colonel Robert C. Newton, C.S.A., driving his troops back to the river west of here toward Little Rock. Colonel Archibald S. Dobbins, C.S.A., Arkansas Cavalry, reported the Union troops faked a crossing at Buck's Ford to the south of Terry's Ferry in order to distract the defending Confederates from the actual crossing west of Ashley's Mills near Terry's Ferry up the river.

"...I had collected information in regard to the road leading by Shallow Ford and Ashley's Mills to the Arkansas, and the right of the enemy's works, which determined me to take that route .. On the 7th, we reached the Arkansas near Ashley's Mills [where] Davidson's cavalry, in advance, had a sharp skirmish with the enemy."
-Major General Frederick Steele
Union Army Commander


"The enemy advanced in greatly superior force, and Colonel Newton crossed the river about 8 miles below Little Rock...That night the enemy encamped at Ashley's Mills and Terry's Ferry. From that time until the evening of the 9th, there was continual skirmishing between my scouts and the enemy...
"On the evening of the 9th, the enemy moved down in considerable
The Little Rock Campaign - Ashley's Mills Marker at the Scott Plantation. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
2. The Little Rock Campaign - Ashley's Mills Marker at the Scott Plantation.
force of cavalry and artillery to Buck's Ford, [and] built up campfires within sight of the ford. About 10 o'clock on that night,... the enemy were moving their artillery to Terry's Ferry, and were throwing out lumber as if they intended on building a bridge at that place... I...reported to Major General Price that the enemy were in front of me in heavy force of infantry, cavalry, and artillery... and that I would be unable to prevent their crossing..."
-Colonel Archibald S. Dobbins
Walker's Division Commander
Arkansas Cavalry, C.S.A.

 
Erected by the American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Radiology Associates, PA. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Location. 34° 42.104′ N, 92° 5.755′ W. Marker is in Scott, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker is on Alexander Road west of Walkers Corner Road (State Route 161), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the Scott Plantation. Marker is at or near this postal address: Alexander Road, Scott AR 72142, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Little Rock Campaign - River Crossing (approx. 1.9 miles away); Battle of Little Rock
Map of the Scott Plantation Settlement. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
3. Map of the Scott Plantation Settlement.
(approx. 6.2 miles away); Engagement at Bayou Fourche (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Little Rock Campaign - Bayou Fourche (approx. 6.4 miles away); Marmaduke-Walker Duel (approx. 7.9 miles away); Alexander George House (approx. 9.8 miles away); Choctaw Route Station (approx. 9.8 miles away); The First Human Dissection in Arkansas (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Regarding The Little Rock Campaign - Ashley's Mills. At Shallow Ford (also called Shoal Ford) the Federal cavalry gained the west side of Bayou Meto on the morning of September 6, then pushed southwest toward Bearskin Lake and Ashley's Mills and the waiting Confederates. The road to Shallow Ford no longer exists. The main body of the Union Army and its supply wagons crossed Bayou Meto on Eagles Bridge, downstream from the Ford. At about the same time Union forces were crossing Bayou Meto on September 6, Confederate Brig. Gens. Marmaduke and Walker engaged in a duel.

A dispute had brewed for some time between the two generals concerning Walker's tactics in supporting Marmaduke's defense of Little Rock. Walker issued a duel challenge and was mortally
wounded
A few of the buildings at the Scott Plantation. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
4. A few of the buildings at the Scott Plantation.
by Marmaduke at about the same time early in the morning of September 6 as Union forces crossed Bayou Meto. Maj. Gen. Price unsuccessfully attempted to halt the duel and placed
Marmaduke and others involved under arrest, rescinding the order in the face of the Union advance. The duel occurred near the Arkansas River in the vicinity southwest of the intersection of U.S. Highways 70 and 165 in eastern North Little Rock.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Paid Advertisement