Many Thanks to Lou Ann Lunsford for being kind enough to share these newspaper articles with us here in Arkansas


Copied from a Special Edition of "THE MERRY GREEN PRESS"


A Confederate veteran recently at Jenkins' Ferry observed that some shots were wasted during the battle. He reported as follows: "We stood there and saw the other two regiments, the 19th and 24th Arkansas Consolidated and the 27th and 38th Arkansas Consolidated, to the right and left of us go forward and disappear in the woods beyond a little field. It was interesting. Two or three of them behind the same tree would sight for an interminable length of time at the woods, then fire and hide behind the tree until they could load their guns again. This looked like to us to be a very good and easy way to fight a battle, and indeed it was for after events developed it was a good half-mile to where the enemy was located."


A rebel attempt to mislead Federals at Jenkins' Ferry has met with failure. During the early stages of the battle, a number of mounted Confederat esoldiers in Federal uniforms appeared on the field driving a flock of sheep before them. Apparently they hoped to spy and deceive their enemy into believing they were a friendly foraging party. As soon as the Federal soldiers saw through the ruse, they opened fire. Sheep and sheepherders quickly scattered into the woods, their judgement of Yankee intelligence miscalculated.


We are told that a large number of camp followers, including colored Americans, attached themselves to Steele's column as the Federals abandoned Camden. Many of their pitiful wagons and teams became hopelessly stuck in the mud along with the military.

Mr. McElroy, who lives near Turin Post Office, reportedly found a black infant on the field after the battle and has taken the child home where it will be raised.

A Federal soldier said he personlly saw a least one wagon containing a half-dozen black babies of assorted sizes stuck in a slough and drawn by the feeblest of all possible mules, just executing his last drowning kick as he waded by.

A large number of sutlers' and refugees' wagons were also lost at Marks Mills.


We have ascertained that three Confederate flags were taken by the Federals at Jenkins' Ferry. Two were taken by the Fiftieth Indiana and one by the Ninth Wisconsin. The captured colors are now in Little Rock and are paraded as trophies of war.

Grant County Museum in Sheridan, Arkansas printed in observance of the 125th Anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Jenkins' Ferry that was fought April 29-30th, 1864 in what was then Hot Springs and Saline County Territory...later incorporated into Grant County in 1869.

The above information may be used for non-commercial historical and genealogical purposes only and with the consent of the page owner may be copied for the same purposes so long as this notice remains a part of the copied material. EDWARD G. GERDES

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