Malvern in Hot Spring County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Bridging the Ouachita River
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
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 Americans • Bridges & Viaducts • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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.