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8 by 1500 Union soldiers.
As usual is happened throughout the civil war the Confederates did not have very much ammunition and and their supplies are low , they basically did this as a stalling action are trying to get all that are wagons and headed to Waldron Arkansas.
Ryan says a 3rd assault by the union finally forced the Confederates to retreat.
Unfortunately , we don’t have any , we don’t have any pictures or really any paintings only have our accountants but different troops in an egg. The count center in the actual .
Formal letters and formal some medals from both sides.
But Brian says they do have the battlefield , which stretches from about Stroud Road to the north where the Union troops were stationed down to just past a vineyard Creek Road to the south , where the Confederate troops were holding hundreds of transcripts soldiers who were forcefully drafted into the Confederate Army but didn’t actually want to fight for the Confederate cause.
As soon as is the South. You could see that they were , they were not going to win and started you retreating all those conscripts and everything just fled became majority of those joined up with the union down and Dardanelles . Several weeks after and ended up fighting the same troops and cut that were holding .
Brian estimates the whole battlefield is about a thousand acres he takes us to a historical marker that’s been put up , to give people a sense of what happened on the way in front of them.
Right now we’re standing at Stroud cemetery and this would be the northern edge of the battlefield , where the Union troops came through. This is where they set up canyon and here for this . Unfortunately the floor of this building is beside the cemetery is is kind of the shrapnel field that has been discovered over time .
A large patch of prairie stretches in front of us and a devil’s backbone Reg rises from the ground less than half a mile from the historical marker Brian says Confederate troops were likely spread out along the edge of the bridge.
There , if there is a reason they they pick that edge the heel probably synergy got there become loaded they could do an ambush and then they the south could see across a field and and have open fields.
And that’s where the shrapnel found near the historical marker comes from Brian says Confederate troops fired canisters from their mountain howitzers hoping to take out the Union’s cannons to know what they owe.
The Union considered it a victory because now they had all of Fort Smith and never went back to the Confederacy. And but I think the general cables troops from the south probably did the the exact rearguard tap a fat , they were trying to do , which was give time for those for those wagons to get on down supplies to go towards the south part of Arkansas .
We then had down nickel Town Road to the south. Most portion of the battlefield Brian pulls over next to 10 acres of land at that’s already been purchased for preservation by the American battlefield trust in 2008 .
You can see there’s bound nickel town Road. This is what would have been the Waldron road and it’s just been renamed overtime .
Brian says it’s likely the Confederates held their conscripts nearby and now there is another opportunity to acquire 21 more acres of land next to the 10 acres that’s already in the hands of the trust Brian says that’s a start. But a lot more work will need to be done to make the battlefield to place people want to visit .
I’d like to see is trying to preserve the other parts of land and do a little bit of interpretation. But until we can secure some of the core parts of the battlefield . It’s going to be tough to do . It’s tough to send people out just to see where someone had their prisoners of war and and so it would be nice for us to secure some land on the other side .
The American battlefield Trust would like to see that happen to heal. That’s why they approached Mark crest the community outreach director at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program . When the 21 acres went up for sale .
And they’re , they’re they’re looking to raise around $40,000 to match the mother funds to acquire that horse. First of all the battlefield and and and preserve it .
The Trust preserves battlefields by purchasing land from property owners or by entering into a conservation easement agreements that restrict future use of the land to protect debt Crist says he took part in a successful battlefield preservation in press kit Arkansas.
Historic preservation is is almost always a grassroots effort at the end of the sport and we , we saw that with those battlefields and and press kit where you know local folks I got together and you I mean they pay raise of more than a million dollars for the purchase of that that’s in a very economically depressed area state.
Chris says residents were able to preserve 400 acres of land to that was part of the Elkins very battlefields and another 800 acres that was part of the Prairie DM battlefield both battles were part of the 1864 Camden expedition.
And they’re now in the process of developing both of those sites as heritage-tourism destination.
But Crist says it’s up to the local community to drum up enthusiasm for such an undertaking.
If you get that local support that local passion behind it. That year , you’ve got a very good chance of having a successful battlefield preservation operation .
Crist says preservation is worth the effort for 2 reasons.
The , this is hallowed ground I American soldiers fought and died on all of the battlefield. And it’s , you know , it’s very important to preserve the sides to recognize there there they’re fighting in their sacrifice .
And Crist adds heritage sites can be big economic drivers.
Studies have shown that heritage tourists and the B they they tend to be older , better educated , they tend to have more money they they tend to stay longer and they tend to spend more , but these are the kind of folks. You know the kind of tourist you want to attract to your your your community .
The biggest challenge to preservation Chris says is development pressure but in Greenwood , at least for now. He adds : the battlefield is in fairly good hands .
A lot of devil’s backbone for instance is than it is in private hands and you know that used for farming and things like that and that’s really , you know , that’s really a pretty , pretty friendly type of development because the landscape is not not largely changed their obliterate it with that kind of youth.
Back along nickel town Road fire chief steward Brian says he and a small group that calls itself Friends of devil’s backbone are ready for the challenge and eager to hear from others who are interested in their cars.
And so that’s what we’re doing , we’re , we’re trying to find those that want to help us make this in the something or we can do something interpretive weather and we’re not necessarily looking for a peerage or looking for something or we can at least come out have some markers have some walking trails give somebody something to do for Sunday afternoon.
Brian is referring to the P Reg battlefields , which is run by the National Park Service. All these battlefields he says are a physical reminder of a destructive lead Davis of time in US history .
Right now , there’s a lot going on in the world , especially in the United States and people kind taken different opinions and different theologies about how they’re doing things and and this has happened before. And a lot of people died because of it .
In Greenwood the battle of devil’s backbone claimed about 80 lives in the whole Civil War ended with an estimated 620,000 casualties 4 Ozarks at large. I’m Zuzana Sci Tech .
In the early ’90s Congress the Civil War Science Advisory Committee which mapped. More than 370 significant battlefields all over the country 17 of them are in Arkansas and include devil’s backbone .
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