Near Lake Village in Chicot County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Lakeport in the Civil War
When Arkansas went to war in 1861, Lycurgus and Lydia Johnson and their family stayed with their home at Lakeport. By 1862, U.S. gunboats were common on the Mississippi River, and on Sept. 6, 1862, Confederate troops burned 158 bales of cotton at Lakeport to prevent its seizure. Union raids targeted plantations such as Lakeport in 1863 and 1864, and the Johnsons claimed losses of 200 cattle, 8 mules and 2 horses, leaving "one mule...to haul wood for the children." The family's slaves also sought freedom, and only 24 of 155 slaves remained here by 1864.
As the war wore on, Lycurgus Johnson joined many other delta plantation owners engaging in trade with Union forces, selling rope and bagging in exchange for cotton, cash and supplies. When the Civil War ended in 1865, the Johnsons still owned their home at Lakeport, but the value of their property had plummeted from $171,581 in 1860 to only $18,556 in 1865. Lycurgus Johnson adapted to the new conditions during Reconstruction and hired former slaves to work his fields. His fairness led the Freedmen's Bureau to call him a "model man of Chicot County."
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 15.41′ N, 91° 9.315′ W. Marker is near Lake Village, Arkansas, in Chicot County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 142 0.9 miles east of Robert Mazzanti Road (Parish Road 505). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 AR-142, Lake Village AR 71653, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lakeport Plantation House (a few steps from this marker); The Battle at Ditch Bayou (approx. 4 miles away); Saunders-Pettit-Chapman-Cook Plantation Home (approx. 5.4 miles away); Belmont Plantation (approx. 7.1 miles away in Mississippi); Italian Immigrants On Sunnyside Plantation (approx. 8.9 miles away); Chicot County Confederate Monument (approx. 8.9 miles away); Chicot County (approx. 9 miles away); New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Village.
Also see . . .
1. Article on the Lakeport Plantation. (Submitted on October 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Visit the Lakeport Plantation. (Submitted on October 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.