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Benton in Saline County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Saline County in the Civil War

 
 
Saline County in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
1. Saline County in the Civil War Marker
Side One
Inscription. Saline County held 6,640 people in 1860, including 749 slaves. Jabez M. Smith, the county’s secession convention delegate, voted to leave the Union. The Saline Guards formed in 1861 and became Co. E, 1st Arkansas Infantry (C.S.). Their captain, James Fagan, ended the war a major general. As many as 1,300 Saline County men in 24 companies fought for the Confederacy; two companies of local men formed for Union service. The Union army occupied Benton in late 1863 and built fortifications, including one that was named after Col. Cyrus Bussey.

In 1864, David O. Dodd, whose grandparents David and Sarah Dodd lived on Military Road in Benton, was hanged as a spy in Little Rock. The Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, the last action of the Camden Expedition, was fought just past the southern border of Saline County April 29-30. Col. William Crawford of Benton led a Confederate cavalry unit and fought at Prairie D’Ane and Poison Spring, among others. A skirmish between Col. John Logan’s Confederate troops and Union cavalry was fought at Hurricane Creek near modern-day Bryant on October 23, 1864.
 
Erected 2014 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Saline County History and Heritage Society, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. (Marker Number 87.)
 
Marker series.
Saline County in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
2. Saline County in the Civil War Marker
Side Two
This marker is included in the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 33.912′ N, 92° 35.219′ W. Marker is in Benton, Arkansas, in Saline County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Main Street and W. Conway Street, on the right when traveling south on N. Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the northeast corner of the grounds of the county courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Benton AR 72015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saline County's Everlasting Tribute (within shouting distance of this marker); Saline County Revolutionary War Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Saline County Records (within shouting distance of this marker); Quapaws, Choctaws, and Chickasaws Passed Here (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Benton Courier (about 600 feet away); Old Southwest Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gann Building (approx. ¼ mile away); De Soto Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benton.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker at southwest corner of N. Main Street and W. Conway Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
3. Marker at southwest corner of N. Main Street and W. Conway Street
Marker on Grounds of Saline County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2016
4. Marker on Grounds of Saline County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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