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.