Sunday, February 17, 2008

Breaking News! - Portion of Devil's Backbone Battlefield to be preserved!

I am interrupting our tour of the Dripping Springs battlefield today to give you some breaking news. Charles Durnette of the Civil War Round Table of Arkansas has let me know that the Civil War Preservation Trust has voted to purchase ten acres of land at the Devil's Backbone Battlefield near Greenwood in Sebastian County.

The Battle of Devil's Backbone (sometimes called the Battle of Backbone Mountain) was fought on September 1, 1863 when Confederate Brig. Gen. W.L. Cabell took up a series of hidden positions behind natural stone breastworks on the Devil's Backbone, an imposing mountain south of Fort Smith. Union troops under Col. William F. Cloud of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry ran headlong into Cabell's ambush.

The resulting battle was noisy and intense, as each side poured artillery fire on the other, but casualties were relatively low. Despite some initial success, Cabell's chance for victory evaporated when most of his forces suddenly retreated from the field. (If you would like to learn more about the battle and see modern photographs of the battlefield, just click here and look for the link.)

This is really exciting news as it means that a portion of the critical historic site will be preserved for future generations.

By the way, if you are interested in learning more about the Civil War Round Table of Arkansas, they have a great website at

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