Battle of Cane Hill, Arkansas Page2
Photos/text this page courtesy of Dale Cox, FL

(May 2005) The battle raged over a number of miles. The Confederates took advantage of narrow passages, ravines, ridges and hilltops to stall the Union advance and keep the battle on as narrow a front as possible. As they moved from the village area into the hills south and southeast, they made repeated stands. These usually lasted just long enough to force the Federals to deploy and bring up their artillery. The result was that the battle went on from 10 a.m. until dark

(May 2005) The Confederates made a serious stand on the mountain between Cane Hill and the Cove Creek valley. This was a commanding ridge and offered perhaps the best defensive position they had yet encountered. The Federals attacked up the slope and fought their way over the crest of the mountain, but agreed that the Southern cavalrymen fought hard. This photograph shows the trace of the old road leading up and over the mountain. The Confederates deployed along both sides of the road


(May 2005) After the fight on the mountain, the Confederates withdrew ahead of the Federals into the Cove Creek valley. This view is from the mountain looking over the valley. The Cove Creek road ran along the creek of the same name, offering one of the few points for passing through the Boston Mountains which divide Northwest Arkansas from the Arkansas River Valley


(May 2005) The Battle of Cane Hill came to an end here along the Cove Creek Road. The road passes through a narrow area south of its intersection with the old Cane Hill Road. The Confederates waited in ambush here for the oncoming Federal cavalry and succeeded in driving them back for the first time of the day. Darkness was falling and, combined with a Confederate request for a truce recover dead and wounded, brought the battle to a close

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