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Jacksonville in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Like Sorrow's Veil...

The Confederates Burn Reed's Bridge Over Bayou Meto

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
1. Like Sorrow's Veil Marker
Inscription. Bayou Meto, "a steep-banked and miry stream," provided a natural barrier and defensive position for the Confederates on August 27, 1863. The primary means of crossing the bayou was Reed's Bridge on the Memphis to Little Rock Road. As the Confederates prepared for battle, Captain John Mhoon coated the bridge with tar and other flammable materials, in case the southern forces were forced to retreat to the south bank of Bayou Meto.

As the Confederates were flanked from their positions to the north, they streamed across the bridge to establish new firing lines. As the last men crossed, Mhoon set fire to Reed's Bridge.

"The attack was renewed on the 27th, and the enemy driven from his work on the bayou, and fired the bridge as he retreated. Davidson was unable to save the bridge, everything having been prepared for its destruction beforehand. The bayou was deep and miry, and the pursuit of the rebels being thus checked, Davidson withdrew to his camp at Brownsville..."
Charles H. Lothrop, Surgeon
First Iowa Cavalry Regiment

"As the last of the rear-guard crossed it, the torch was applied. The smoke rolled upward in dark and heavy masses, and the enemy seeing they were about to lose their best means of crossing the stream, made a savage dash to secure possession of the bridge and extinguish
Like Sorrow's Veil Marker near location of former bridge that was burned. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
2. Like Sorrow's Veil Marker near location of former bridge that was burned.
the flames."

John Newman Edwards, C.S.A
 
Erected by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the Arkansas Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 34° 50.629′ N, 92° 7.328′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from South First Street (Arkansas Route 161) north of Lakeshore Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located within the Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: South First Street, Jacksonville AR 72076, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Little Rock Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Thunder on Bayou Meto (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marmaduke-Walker Duel (about 700 feet away); Brother Against Brother (approx. mile away); A Gallant Charge (approx. mile away); Battle of Reed's Bridge (approx. mile away); Shared Gray Jacob Gray (approx. mile away); Memphis Military Road (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Battle of Bayou Meto, aka Reed's Bridge. (Submitted on April 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Like Sorrow's Veil Marker is just near tree line in distant left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
3. Like Sorrow's Veil Marker is just near tree line in distant left.
Part of Reed's Bridge Battlefield.

2. Reed's Bridge Battlefield Preservation Plan (pdf). (Submitted on April 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
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 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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