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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Arkansas County, Arkansas

Clickable Map of Arkansas County, Arkansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Arkansas County, AR (34) Desha County, AR (14) Jefferson County, AR (13) Lincoln County, AR (2) Lonoke County, AR (22) Monroe County, AR (17) Phillips County, AR (94) Prairie County, AR (12)  ArkansasCounty(34) Arkansas County (34)  DeshaCounty(14) Desha County (14)  JeffersonCounty(13) Jefferson County (13)  LincolnCounty(2) Lincoln County (2)  LonokeCounty(22) Lonoke County (22)  MonroeCounty(17) Monroe County (17)  PhillipsCounty(94) Phillips County (94)  PrairieCounty(12) Prairie County (12)
DeWitt and Stuttgart are both the county seat for Arkansas County
Adjacent to Arkansas County, Arkansas
      Desha County (14)  
      Jefferson County (13)  
      Lincoln County (2)  
      Lonoke County (22)  
      Monroe County (17)  
      Phillips County (94)  
      Prairie County (12)  
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1 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post — Republican France
When Napoleon I became Emperor of France in 1799, he envisioned the establishment of a vast "French Empire in America". He began in 1800 when he won control of Louisiana from Spain. Constant threat of war with England soon forced him to . . . Map (db m108650) HM
2 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post — Stone from Ruins of Old Bank
This Stone Was Taken from Ruins of Old Bank, built at Arkansas Post, 1839. Arkansas Post State Park. Created by Act of Legislature 1929. Introduced by Ballard Deane, Representative, Arkansas County. Act . . . Map (db m108550) HM
3 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post — The American Era
The land passed from France to the United States in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. Arkansas then became a territory on March 2, 1819: the Post of Arkansas was designated its capital. The Territorial Secretary Robert Crittendon, acting in . . . Map (db m108651) HM
4 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post — The European Settlement
The United States and several European powers vied for control of the lower Mississippi Valley. Arkansas Post was the key to that control. In 1541 Hernando de Soto explored the territory which is now Arkansas. Sieur de La Salle further . . . Map (db m108647) HM
5 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post — The French Period
The Regent of France authorized a settlement at the Post of Arkansas in 1722. These early settlers were on good terms with the Quapaw Indians who "exhibited a great spirit of friendliness and hospitality toward the French". Cotton was introduced . . . Map (db m108648) HM
6 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post — The Post of Arkansas
Here on the Grand Prairie you tread on soil laid down over the centuries as the mighty Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers brought down their precious cargoes of silt from the northern uplands. The footprints of many were pressed into this . . . Map (db m108486) HM
7 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post — The Post under Spain
In 1763 the Post of Arkansas became Spanish territory when, by the Treaty of Paris, the French King ceded Louisiana to Spain. For several years after the transfer, French officers and soldiers remained at Arkansas Post. In 1771 the . . . Map (db m108551) HM
8 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — Four guns...opened on us and a thousand rifles from the pits — Dyer Hitchcock, private, 23rd Wisconsin Infantry — Arkansas Post National Memorial —
A bitter winter rain had turned the ground to mud. But the Confederate soldiers had to keep digging. These rifle pits, lying just a few feet from where you stand, were far from finished. Though exhausted and hungry, the soldiers were ordered to . . . Map (db m107874) HM
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9 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — On they come like an irresistible thunder bolt — William Heartsill, sergeant, 2nd Texas Cavalry — Arkansas Post National Memorial —
The Confederate scouts were alarmed. Looking down river to your right, one exclaimed, "One could hardly see anything in the background but smokestacks." Union soldiers disembarked from their transports. All night, knee deep in mud, they . . . Map (db m108509) HM
10 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — Our ironclads and gunboats knocked the fort to pieces — David D. Porter, rear admiral
You wouldn't have got us had it not been for your damned gunboats. John Dunnington, colonel, chief of ordnance Fort Hindman's cannon fired at the nine gunboats bearing down on them. Confederate gunners had . . . Map (db m108072) HM
11 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — 38,000 Reasons to Fight — Arkansas Post National Monument — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Half the Yankees in the West [were coming]. Confederate scout I expected Mary would be a widow before I got 10 rods [55 yards]. . . . Map (db m107858) HM
12 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — American Townsite — 1805 — 1840 — Frontier Settlement and Territorial Capitol
In the early 1800's the land in front of you was an important center of trade and government on the edge of the Arkansas River wilderness. Here were the homes, stores, taverns, mills, docks, and busy streets of the Post of Arkansas. This . . . Map (db m108428) HM
13 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — Edge of Empires
The succession of outposts here, remote from centers of New World empire, symbolized a dream of the imperial age: to connect the Gulf of Mexico to North America's vast interior by the great rivers that drained it. Following British . . . Map (db m108485) HM
14 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — First Post of Arkansas — 1686 — 1700 — The French Settlement of Henri de Tonti
Spanish Explorer Hernan de Soto passed this way in 1542. Nearly 130 years later Father Marquette, the French missionary and explorer, reached the nearby mouth of the Arkansas. In 1682 Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, claimed this territory for . . . Map (db m108407) HM
15 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — The Arkansas Posts — 1686 — 1863 — Two Centuries of Settlement on the Arkansas River
Arkansas Post was not a single fort and trading center. From 1686 until 1863 there were no fewer than seven posts on the Arkansas River between here and the Missişsippi. The flags of five nations flew over them. The 1686 post . . . Map (db m108464) HM
16 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — The Colbert Raid — April 17, 1783 — Arkansas Post in the American Revolution
During the American Revolution, Arkansas Post belonged to the Spanish, allies of the American patriots. In 1783, British partisans led by James Colbert raided the Spanish village and fort here. It was one of the last engagements of the . . . Map (db m108483) HM
17 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Arkansas Post National Memorial — Where is Fort Hindman?
Standing here in January 1863, you would have seen Confederate Fort Hindman. In what is now the water, the fort stood atop a 25-foot high bluff The fort's cannon could fire a mile up or down the river to protect the breadbasket of Arkansas. The . . . Map (db m108511) HM
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18 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Bayou Meto — 9 — Bayou Meto Cemetery
Bayou Meto Cemetery was established in 1876 after Allen "Uncle Gip" Gibson donated one acre of land to the local community for use as a cemetery. Gibson, a former Union soldier, was an early settler of the Bayou Meto Community. A skilled . . . Map (db m178029) HM
19 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Bayou Meto — 17 — Bayou Meto Schoolhouse
Listed in the Arkansas Register of Historic Places in 2003, the Bayou Meto Schoolhouse is one of the last remaining historic school buildings in the area. The first Bayou Meto school was established in 1875, within the Pampas School District. It . . . Map (db m178030) HM
20 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Bayou Meto — 8 — Bayou Meto United Methodist Church
Thirteen charter members founded Mount Zion Methodist Episcopal Church South in 1881 and constructed a small, wooden church building in the southwest corner of the Bayou Meto Cemetery. The structure contained handmade pews, oil lamps, and a wood . . . Map (db m178026) HM
21 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Crocketts Bluff — Captain Alf Johnson's Spy Company
On this site from September 1862 to January 1863 was the encampment of a celebrated Texas cavalry company. Captain Alf Johnson's Spy company was active in conducting reconnaissance and small unit actions near Helena while maintaining vigilance on . . . Map (db m107804) HM
22 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Crocketts Bluff — Crocketts Bluff — Reported permanently removed
Named for Captain Robert Crockett, grandson of the famous David (Davey) Crockett, this community was a flourishing river port during the second half of the 19th century. The Crockett Rifles (Company H, 1st Arkansas Infantry), first Confederate . . . Map (db m107807) HM
23 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Crocketts Bluff — 16 — Crocketts Bluff
Named for resident William Finley Crockett, son of frontiersman Davy Crockett, this community was once a flourishing river port during the second half of the 19th century and into the early years of the 20th century. Steamboats loaded with cotton, . . . Map (db m201389) HM
24 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Gillett — A.M. Bohnert Rice Plantation Pump No. 2 Engine
From the 19th century to present day, the economy of Arkansas County has been based on agriculture, especially rice farming. An essential part of rice farming is having enough water at the right time to flood the fields. Natural water sources . . . Map (db m192660) HM
25 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Gillett — 10 — Battle of Arkansas Post
On January 9, 1863, Gen. John McClernand and Adm. David D. Porter led a 30,000 man army and a flotilla of Union gunboats up the Arkansas River to confront Gen. T.J. Churchill's 5,000 Confederates at Arkansas Post. The gunboats bombarded Fort Hindman . . . Map (db m107701) HM
26 Arkansas, Arkansas County, St. Charles — Engagement at St. Charles
Here on June 17, 1862 a Federal fleet of eight vessels attempted to force its way upstream past Confederate shore defenses commanded by Captain Joseph Fry. The Confederates disabled the Union gunboat Mound City with heavy casualties before . . . Map (db m107918) HM
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27 Arkansas, Arkansas County, St. Charles — J. Deane & Sons Hardware Store
J. Deane and Son was a hardware store that served this area beginning in 1890. During the steamboat era, St. Charles was a thriving river boat community and this was its largest retail outlet. Founded by Joe Deane, who arrived here . . . Map (db m108563) HM
28 Arkansas, Arkansas County, St. Charles — St. Charles Battle Monument
[Northeast face] Officers and men killed on the U.S.S. Mound City {List of 124 dead} [Northwest face] Near this spot, on June 17, 1862, a decisive engagement was fought between the Conf- ederates entrenched and the . . . Map (db m108071) WM
29 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Stuttgart — Camp Mitchell
In August and September, 1862, General Mosby M. Parsons and 800 men of the Missouri State Guard encamped here, after a perilous crossing of the Mississippi River into Desha County. This small force of infantry and artillery blocked enemy . . . Map (db m167369) HM
30 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Stuttgart — Holman School
Named for educator Leroy Davis Holman, North Carolina-born educator who began teaching Stuttgart’s African American children in 1907. The school, first located at Porter and Lincoln Streets, was rebuilt in 1924 with Rosenwald Foundation funding. . . . Map (db m201392) HM
31 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Stuttgart — Rev. Adam Buerkle
Rev. Adam Buerkle brought a colony of German Lutherans to this area in 1878. In 1880 he named the post office Stuttgart in honor of his native city. Stuttgart was platted in 1884 and incorporated in 1889. Col. Bob Crockett, a grandson of Davy . . . Map (db m191876) HM
32 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Stuttgart — Stuttgart Centennial — 1880-1980
The citzens at this time paused and reflected on those pioneers who with sweat and tears gave this community its heritage and traditions. This memorial recognizes the dedication and efforts of all those who made this centennial a year to remember . . . Map (db m167630) HM
33 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Stuttgart — Stuttgart's First Public School
Stuttgart's first public school was started at this site circa 1884.Map (db m191790) HM
34 Arkansas, Arkansas County, Stuttgart — The Britsch Grocery
The Britsch Grocery Built on this site circa 1882-1883 Was the first store in downtown Stuttgart.Map (db m167401) HM
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Jun. 2, 2023