Conway in Faulkner County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Faulkner County in the Civil War
Faulkner County had divided loyalties during the Civil War. Soon after the war started, Col. A.R. Witt helped organize several companies for the 10th Arkansas Infantry (C.S.). After fighting at Shiloh, the 10th was captured at Port Hudson, La. Its men were paroled, Witt escaped, and in late 1863 they rejoined as irregular troops, Witt’s Cavalry. Other Faulkner County men joined the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.) in late 1863, and Unionists formed bands of irregular soldiers. These men fought Witt’s men in bitter guerrilla battles in the hills.
Witt’s Cavalry continued to hold out after the eastern Confederacy surrendered, asking that local Unionists be disarmed and out-of-state troops with no “personal grudges” occupy the area. After the war, veterans of both sides formed chapters in Conway and on Decoration Day, May 30, 1890, they held a reconciliation celebration, marching from downtown Conway to Oak Grove Cemetery where they decorated the graves of comrades and each side fired 3-gun salutes before sharing supper from the cemetery’s Ladies Auxiliary. Col. Witt was buried in Oak Grove in 1903.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 4.775′ N, 92° 25.74′ W. Marker is in Conway, Arkansas, in Faulkner County. Marker can be reached from Bruce Street. Touch for map. Located near the intersection of cemetery private roads 'Fletcher Smith' and 'Asa P. Robinson' streets at the gazebo. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Bruce Street, Conway AR 72032, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 450th Commemoration De Soto Expedition (approx. 6.7 miles away); Lt. Joseph W. Harris, U.S.A. (approx. 6.8 miles away); Cadron Blockhouse (approx. 6.8 miles away); Cherokee Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); "Trail of Tears" (approx. 6.8 miles away); Cadron in the Civil War (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.