Marker to denote Civil War battle

Sunday, December 4, 2011

GREEN FOREST -- Dedication of a Sesquicentennial marker for the "Skirmish on Yocum Creek" is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, on the Green Forest Public Square.

It will designate the Civil War battle that took place north of Green Forest.

Sponsored by the Carroll County Historical Society and the Captain James Tyrie Wright Chapter #6 -- Military Order of the Stars & Bars, the marker was funded through donations from the two organizations.

Lyle Sparkman, former principal at Green Forest School, will unveil the marker. Everyone is invited to attend.

This dedication will be the third hosted in the past few months by the Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society -- timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which began earlier in the year.

The first, "Civil War Healing," took place Sept. 10 at "Old Rockhouse" in Eureka Springs, at the junction of Main and Spring streets where the Rockhouse staircase leads to the cave that was used by Alvah Jackson to tend to ailing Confederate and Union soldiers.

The second, "Berryville in the Civil War," was held Sept. 22, on the west side of the Berryville Public Square to designate Berryville's occupation during the Civil War, mostly by Union forces.

According to Gordon Hale, president of the Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society, each marker cost $2,030 and many private individuals and organizations contributed.

"Once the Yocum Creek marker is dedicated, we will have three Sesquicentennial markers, as well as the Centennial Civil War marker that stands in Carrollton," said Hale.

The markers were sponsored by the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission, the Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society, the Arkansas Humanities Council, Preserve America -- National Parks Service, Department of the Interior, and many private donors, Hale said.

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