Civil War in the Delta

The Mississippi River was strategically important during the American Civil War, as it was a major transportation artery for the South. Ultimate Union control deprived Confederate states west of the Mississippi of men, food and supplies.  The Arkansas Delta was the site of numerous skirmishes and engagements along the Mississippi and its tributaries, and monuments and markers commemorate many of these actions.  Some are located at actual sites, while others are near county courthouses, or in cemeteries.  Exhibits in several museums also tell the stories of military conflict in their communities.  Below are a few stops you might want to consider during your Civil War journey through the Arkansas Delta Byways region.