October 27, 1825
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In the nineteenth century, Izard County served as a gateway to settlement across northern Arkansas and was the parent county of seven other counties. Later, Izard County's virgin yellow pine forests provided lumber to other parts of the state.
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Although technically in Wheeling, Fulton County, Many Izard County residents have roots in this church.
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|History of Izard County|
From "Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas" by Goodspeed Publishing Company 1889
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Civil War Marker Dedicated at Calico Rock
Calico Rock — A Dedication Service for a Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker was held in Calico Rock at the Trimble House Park located on Highway 56 East across the street from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016.
The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society in conjunction with the Colonel Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655 Sons of Confederate Veterans of Jonesboro, Private Job S. Neill Camp #286 Sons of Confederate Veterans of Batesville, Stone County Chapter #2711 United Daughters of the Confederacy of Mountain View, Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135 United Daughters of the Confederacy of Batesville, and the General James Fleming Fagan Chapter #280 of the Military Order of Stars and Bars of Jonesboro conducted the historical marker unveiling ceremony.
The new marker reads:
“Military Activity at Calico Rock.While no battles were fought at Calico Rock, the area saw considerable military activity. The 4th Missouri Cavalry (C.S.) and 1st Illinois Cavalry skirmished at Calico Rock Landing on May 26, 1861. Following a Nov. 16, 1863, fight near Salem, Confederate troops fell back to Calico Rock. Col. T. R. Freeman’s Confederates were based at Calico Rock in late 1863 and early 1864, operating against the 1st Nebraska Cavalry. Part of the 8th Missouri Militia Cavalry (U.S.) was posted at Calico Rock in 1864, and Freeman had returned by that December.”
“Bushwhackers.The civilians around Calico Rock were the victims of both soldiers who took their food and supplies and lawless bands of bushwhackers who raided the area. John Quincy Wolf’s memoirs recount a band that terrorized a region from the Buffalo River to Calico Rock and Sylamore. After one raid in which livestock and other property were stolen, Wolf’s father and other furloughed Confederate soldiers formed a posse and pursued them, catching them at Shipp’s Ferry Landing. When the smoke cleared 11 bushwhackers, including the leader, were dead.”
Colonel W. Danny Honnoll of the 30th Ark Inf. living historians, and Commander of the Shaver Camp, emceed the ceremony and conducted the Memorial Service. Reverend Wayne Wood of the Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church worded the Invocation and Benediction.
Greetings were presented by Ronnie Guthrie, Mayor of Calico Rock; Waylan Cooper of the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society; Linda Carol Cooper of the Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; Mary Cooper Miller of the Stone County Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; Danny Honnoll of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars; and Ray Jones, III, past Commander of the Arkansas Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.
A Three Volley Gun Salute was fired by John Malloy of the Job S. Neil Camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans. Taps was played and Danny Honnoll conducted a sword salute to the fallen soldiers while Amazing Grace was played.
Captain M. Ray Jones, III was in charge of the flag folding ceremonies, assisted by Sgt. Jimmy Stevens and Sgt. Will Silas of the Shaver Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Bud Cooper of the Izard County Historical Society gave closing remarks. Some descendants of the Trimble Family attended the service.
The Arkansas Division Sons of Confederate Veterans memorial services and historical marker dedications are presented to remember their Confederate ancestors. The SCV, UDC, C of C, and MOSB are historical organizations and their charge is to preserve the true history of the South and its soldiers.
The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society is responsible for the placement of four sesquicentennial markers in Izard County through the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission in Little Rock. Roger Harvell completed the research for the information on the marker at Lunenburg, and Linda Carol Cooper and Bud Cooper researched for the Mount Olive, Wild Haws, and Calico Rock markers.
The event was sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission of which Colonel W. Danny Honnoll and Captain M. Ray Jones, III have served as Commissioners. The Calico Rock Marker is Number 140 and was funded by the Commission, Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society, and the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council during the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
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