Civil War at Ashley

On September 7, 1863, Union and Confederate troops met each other at Ashley’s Mills, part of the Civil War’s Little Rock Campaign. A Union victory resulted in the fall of Little Rock and subsequent occupation.

Saturday, September 8, this turning point is commemorated at Scott Plantation Settlement with the Civil War at Ashley Mills, an Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Event. The collection of buildings, along with a historical marker regarding the battle, is located on property where the portions of the skirmish and encampments took place. Three lectures by special guest historian Paul Fray will be held inside the train depot at the settlement. Fray’s topics are: Duel between General Walker and General Marmaduke; the Skirmish at Ashley Mills; and General Frederick Steele. Lectures will be at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.

Also a part of the activities are free guided tours of the settlement, demonstrations by Arkansas Treasure Hunters, visits to Scott Heritage Farm, and open houses as the historic Ashley-Alexander House and All Souls Church. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Scott Plantation Settlement is located at 15525 Alexander Road. Phone 501-227-7699 or 501-351-5737 for more information. While you’re in Scott, visit Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park, located at the junction of U.S. 165 & Ark. 161. Exhibits are housed in a restored brick building which was originally the old Steele-Dortch plantation store. Also a part of the park are the Dortch Cotton Gin, and Seed Warehouse #5, in addition to antique farm equipment.

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