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Malvern in Hot Spring County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bridging the Ouachita River

 
 
Bridging the Ouachita River Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2018
1. Bridging the Ouachita River Marker (front)
Inscription. Gen. Frederick Steele led a Union army from Little Rock on March 23, 1864, to join an invasion of Texas. Confederate skirmishers harassed the army as it reached Rockport March 27. An inflatable pontoon bridge, in 34 wagons and served by men of the 24th Missouri and 4th Arkansas (African Descent) Infantry, was deployed to help the troops cross the Ouachita one-half mile from here. The Federals again used the bridge to cross the Little Missouri River at Elkins’ Ferry 13 days later. Critically low on supplies, Steele turned to Camden, arriving April 15.
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After occupying Camden, the Union army used the pontoon bridge to span the Ouachita and ease access to the U.S. troops at Pine Bluff and Little Rock. After suffering severe losses at Poison Spring and Marks’ Mills, Steele abandoned Camden, taking the bridge up and rushing it forward to span the flooded Saline River at Jenkins’ Ferry on April 30. After a savage battle, the Union army crossed. The much-used bridge was in poor condition and the starving mules too weak to pull the wagons, so the Federals destroyed it to prevent its use by Confederate forces.
 
Erected 2015 by Arkansas Civil War
Bridging the Ouachita River Marker (rear) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2018
2. Bridging the Ouachita River Marker (rear)
Sesquicentennial Commission, City of Malvern, Ouachita River Park Commission, Center for Arkansas Culture and History in Education, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. (Marker Number 122.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 22.912′ N, 92° 49.589′ W. Marker is in Malvern, Arkansas, in Hot Spring County. Marker is on Pavilion Road east of Martin Luther King Boulevard (Business U.S. 270), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at Malvern City Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: Pavilion Road, Malvern AR 72104, United States of America.
 
Categories. African AmericansBridges & ViaductsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker at the Malvern City Park, about 4,000 feet east of the Ouachita River. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2018
3. Marker at the Malvern City Park, about 4,000 feet east of the Ouachita River.
View from marker looking south towards downtown Malvern. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2018
4. View from marker looking south towards downtown Malvern.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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