Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield State Park, located near Leola and Sheridan, Arkansas, is one of Arkansas’ smallest state parks. On April 29-30, 1864, the Federal army, in a desperate attempt to escape the Confederates closing in on them, erected a pontoon bridge across the swollen Saline River and made their escape. The crossing site is located within the present state park.
Tour Stop #3 is the “Cannonball House.” On the afternoon of April 29, 1864, as the Confederate and Federal armies converged on the Saline River crossing at Jenkins’ Ferry, a skirmish developed between Confederate Cavalry and the Federal rear guard near here. During the action, a Confederate artillery shell blew a hole in the upper level of a home located at this spot. It would later be used as a Confederate Field Hospital.
Tour Stop #4 is the site of the Giles House. Located south of the Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield, the house was used by commanders of both armies. Union General Frederick Steele held a council of war with his generals inside the house mid-morning on April 29, 1864 with Confederate General using the house the following morning as his headquarters. The home burned in the 1970’s.
Tour Stop #5 is a driving tour of Grant County Road #1 which was the original Military Road both armies marched upon on April 29-30, 1864.
Tour Stop #6 is the High Ground. As the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry commenced, thousands of Confederates staged on a ridge overlooking the battlefield. The commanding Confederate Generals coordinated their attack from this ridge.
Tour Stop #7 is the Battlefield. This video was filmed alongside Highway 46 and describes the action that occurred just north of here during the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry.
This short video was made April 29, 2016, the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry showing the location where the Federal army crossed the Saline River.
Shortly before the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, heavy rains forced the Saline River out of its banks.
The Grant County Museum, located a few miles north of Jenkins’ Ferry in the town of Sheridan, houses the largest collection of relics recovered from the battlefield on public display.
Confederate General William Scurry was one of three generals killed as the result of wounds inflicted at the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, Arkansas. He refused to be moved during the battle and once the guns were silent remarked to those around him, “Now take me to a nearby house where I can be made comfortable and die.” He was buried in a rural cemetery south of the battlefield before being moved six months later to Texas State Cemetery in Austin where he rests today.
Gravesite of Confederate General and Arkansas Governor Thomas Churchill. He commanded a Division at the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry. He is buried in historic Mount Holly Cemetery in downtown Little Rock.
Gravesite of Captain Paris Totten of the 33rd Iowa Infantry, killed as the result of wounds inflicted at the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, Arkansas. He is buried at the National Cemetery in Little Rock.