Marks Mills Battlefield State Park

Fordyce Arkansas

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In the spring of 1864, three Civil War battles took place in south central Arkansas that were part of the Union Army's "Red River Campaign."  The three state historic parks commemorating these battles - Poison Spring, Marks' Mills and Jenkins' Ferry - are part of the Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark.

The first battle occurred near Camden at Poison Spring (April 18) when Confederate troops captured a supply train and scattered Union forces.  On April 25 at Marks' Mills, Confederate troops captured another Union supply train.  With the loss of two supply trains and the onslaught of wet spring weather, the Union Army returned from Camden toward Little Rock.  On April 29 and 30, Union troops fought off an attack by the Confederates, and using an inflatable pontoon bridge, crossed the flooded Saline River at Jenkins' Ferry and retreated to Little Rock.

Today these parks offer outdoor exhibits and picnic sites.  Jenkins' Ferry has a pavilion (no electricity available), swimming and a launch ramp on the Saline River.

Directions to Park

Marks' Mills is at the Junction of Highway 97 and 8
southeast of Fordyce.

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