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Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park

Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park
Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park
Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park marker
Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park Marker
Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park trail
Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park
Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park map and interpretive panel
Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park

What to know

Three Civil War battles took place in south-central Arkansas in the spring of 1864 as part of the Union Army’s Red River Campaign. The sites of these skirmishes – Poison Springs, Marks’ Mills, and Jenkins Ferry – and the 1836 Courthouse at Historic Washington State Park, which served as Arkansas’s Confederate capital, comprise the Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark.

The land where this Civil War battle took place was settled by Thomas Jenkins, who started the ferry in 1815. It was run by his sons, William and John DeKalb, until the Civil War circa 1861. The Battle of Jenkins Ferry, the third leg of the Red River Campaign, began after the first light of the foggy day. Despite their disadvantaged position, the Confederates launched one unorganized attack after another. Rebel commanders knew that letting up the pressure would allow Steele's army to cross the Saline and escape. Jenkins' Ferry Battleground State Park features interpretive exhibits, picnic sites, a pavilion.