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Lake Village in Chicot County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Casualties at Ditch Bayou June 6, 1864

 
 
The Casualties at Ditch Bayou June 6, 1864 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
1. The Casualties at Ditch Bayou June 6, 1864 Marker
The marker has deteriorated to the point that it is no longer there. There are local plans to replace both interpretive markers.
Inscription. The battle at Ditch Bayou was a Federal effort to drive Confederates away from the Mississippi River, where the Confederates had been harassing Union shipping. Even though the Confederates were outnumbered here, they were able to inflict heavy damage to their enemy. They had the advantage of six cannons, the protection of heavy timber and knowledge of the area.

Muddy conditions caused the Northern infantry to attack across an open field without artillery support. After crossing the field under heavy fire, they discovered that they were trapped in the open field and were separated from the Confederates by Ditch Bayou. Union losses were 33 killed, 98 wounded, and one missing. Notice that their heaviest casualties were directly opposite the Confederate artillery.

The Confederate losses included four killed and 33 wounded. Most of their casualties were in the artillery units where the Union troops concentrated their fire.
 
Erected by the American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 33° 16.172′ N, 91° 13.328′ W. Marker was in Lake Village, Arkansas, in Chicot County. Marker was
Looking towards Ditch Bayou along U.S. Highway 82/278. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
2. Looking towards Ditch Bayou along U.S. Highway 82/278.
on U.S. 82 0.1 miles west of Pugh Circle, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 4563 US-82, Lake Village AR 71653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Battle at Ditch Bayou (here, next to this marker); Lakeport in the Civil War (approx. 4 miles away); Lakeport Plantation House (approx. 4 miles away); Italian Immigrants On Sunnyside Plantation (approx. 5.4 miles away); Chicot County Confederate Monument (approx. 5.5 miles away); Chicot County (approx. 5.5 miles away); New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh (approx. 6.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Village.
 
More about this marker. Diagram on marker shows the lineup of Union and Confederate units along the Ditch Bayou.
 
Also see . . .  From the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture article on battle. (Submitted on November 9, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
The Casualties at Ditch Bayou June 6, 1864 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Encyclopedia of Arkansas
3. The Casualties at Ditch Bayou June 6, 1864 Marker
Ditch Bayou image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
4. Ditch Bayou
Looking towards Lake Chicot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 17, 2015
5. Looking towards Lake Chicot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 9, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
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