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(February 2008) Enlarge  This is a wide view of Jenkins' Ferry State Park in Arkansas. The park is about 13 miles southwest of the city of Sheridan. Created by the state in 1961, the 37-acre park commemorates the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry and also is a popular recreation area with a "swimming hole," picnic tables and boat ramp. The battle itself was fought on the opposite side of the Saline River, but the park preserves the ground on which the Union army reformed to begin their retreat after crossing the river on a pontoon bridge at the end of the battle
 
Dale Cox Photo/narrative

(February 2008) Enlarge  This is a view of the ferry landing at Jenkins' Ferry. Prior to the Civil War, the Jenkins' family settled here and began operating a ferry across the Saline River. During their retreat from Camden during the Arkansas phase of of the Red River Campaign, General Steele's Union army reached Jenkins' Ferry only to be struck from behind by Confederates under General Kirby Smith. After a fierce battle, the Federals were able to fall back across a pontoon bridge to this point on the river bank. The bridge was destroyed and the Confederates were unable to cross after them. The park's interpretive display is visible on the riverbank in the distance
 
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(February 2008) Enlarge  This is the battle monument at Jenkin's Ferry State Park. Erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) in 1928, the monument is located near the park entrance. It is the only monument on the battlefield
 
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(February 2008) Detail of the monument
 
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(February 2008) Enlarge  This is a view of the battlefield area as it appears today. The Battle of Jenkins' Ferry was fought in the white oak swamp on the south side of the Saline River. The river was high and the swamps were flooded at the time of the battle, creating miserable conditions for the soldiers of both armies. The Confederates launched three fierce but poorly coordinated attacks against Federal troops positioned behind hasty breastworks in the swamp. The battlefield site today is on private property and access is restricted
 
Dale Cox Photo/narrative

 

(2011) Enlarge Cox Creek in the right area of the battlefield
 
Roy Wilson Photo/narrative

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