Battle of Chalk Bluff to be Re-Enacted This Weekend on Historic Clay County Battlefield

MAY 5, 2006 - Posted at 4:02 p.m. CST

ST. FRANCIS, AR - The Civil War returns to northeast Arkansas this weekend, as hundreds of re-enactors from across northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri gather in Clay County to re-enact the Battle of Chalk Bluff.

The event will feature eight cannons and will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  Battle re-enactments are set for 2 p.m. both days.

The Battle of Chalk Bluff occured on May 1 and 2, 1863, when Union Brigadier General William Vandever pursued the troops of Confederate General John Marmaduke to Chalk Bluff, located on the St. Francis River and the Arkansas-Missouri state lines.  The Federals pursued the Confederates into Missouri, where Marmaduke's men suffered heavy casualties and ended their expedition.

Chalk Bluff is considered to be the largest Civil War battle to be fought on northeast Arkansas soil, although the exact number of casualties in the engagement is not known.