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

A Gallant Charge

The First Iowa Cavalry Charges Burning Reed's Bridge

 
 
A Gallant Charge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
1. A Gallant Charge Marker
Inscription. As Gen. John Davidson saw flames erupting from the only bridge across Bayou Meto, he ordered Lt. Col. Daniel Anderson to take his First Iowa Cavalry Regiment and save the bridge, if possible. Anderson and his men thundered down the Memphis to Little Rock Road, but were met with a savage fire of artillery and musketry, blunting their assault and causing the bulk of the day's casualties for the Union. The First Iowa Cavalry lost one man killed and thirty-six wounded in the doomed charge on Reed's Bridge.

"The enemy charged down the road in splendid style, as if to save the bridge, but it were better had many of them never been born. The dense cloud of smoke from the crackling, burning bridge, like sorrow's veil, hung between them and Bledsoe's battery, and when the head of their long lines had nearly reached the bridge, these noble old guns sent shell and shot, winged with fury, screaming and hissing up their lines, scattering the mangled fragments of men and horses like chaff before the wind."
Major John Newman Edwards, C.S.A.

"In making the charge, the regiment was exposed to a terrible fire from the enemy's artillery and sharpshooters. We reached the bridge, but not in time to save it; it was already engulfed in flames. ...I then dismounted the command and went forward on foot."
Lt. Col.
A Gallant Charge Marker looking south towards the Reed's Bridge Battlefield. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 9, 2018
2. A Gallant Charge Marker looking south towards the Reed's Bridge Battlefield.
Daniel Anderson, First Iowa Cavalry

"Went after them again, fighting in good earnest. 1st Batalion got in a very hot place."
Diary of M.S. Andrews, First Iowa Cavalry
 
Erected by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the Arkansas Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 34° 50.804′ N, 92° 7.186′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker is on South First Street (Arkansas Route 161) 0.3 miles south of Carver Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. 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. Brother Against Brother (here, next to this marker); Like Sorrow's Veil... (approx. mile away); The Little Rock Campaign (approx. mile away); Marmaduke-Walker Duel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thunder on Bayou Meto (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Reed's Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Shared Gray Jacob Gray (approx. half a mile away); Memphis Military Road (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Also see . . .  Reed's Bridge Battlefield Preservation Plan (pdf). (Submitted on April 18, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 18, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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