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Jacksonport State Park

205 Avenue Street, Newport, AR 72112, USA

After an inspiring speech by Mary Tom Caldwell and the flag presentation to the soldiers, the citizens of Jacksonport bid farewell to the Jackson Guards. As the soldiers marched to the boat, the Presbyterian Church organ played. Pvt W. E. Bevens said, "We stopped to give a last embrace." That spot was hollowed with the tears that dropped upon the ground. The Jackson Guards were the first of many companies of men to leave Jackson County to fight in the war. During the Civil War, Jacksonport was occupied by both Confederate and Union armies, due to its strategic position and accessibility to the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers. Five generals used the town as their headquarters. One of the Union officers, Dr. Charles Brackett, wrote in his journal about Mary Tom Caldwell, "She gave up the house with a tolerable good graces. She said to me, 'She wished to kill every officer in our Army and Old Abe especially'." Pvt W.E. Bevens was home on leave during Lee's surrender at Appomattox. On June 5, 1865, a parole was issued to Bevens at Jacksonport. Confederate General Jeff Thompson, "Swamp fox of the Confederacy," surrendered almost 6,000 troops to Lt. Colonel C.W. Davis at the steamboat landing. According to Lt. Colonel Davis's report, "the first reaction to the end of the long hard years was a stunned relief." Courthouse exhibits demonstrate the trials and tribulations town residents endured during the Civil War with many more artifacts on display. In the courtyard, wayside exhibits chronicle the town's occupations and the surrender. A monument dedicated to the Jackson Guards stands in the courtyard next to a Civil War Cannon.


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Traveling north on State Highway 67 into Newport take exit 83 and turn left (west) on Highway 384 and travel one mile to Highway 367. Turn left (south) onto Highway 367 and travel 2 miles to Highway 69 and turn right (north). Travel Highway 69 three miles to Jacksonport, AR.

Visitor Services

Public Restrooms, Picnic Area and swimming beach on the White River, Pavilion for rent, Camping, Handicapped Access, Trail, Giftshop and Visitor Information Center, Museums

Regular Events

Easter Egg Hunt the Saturday before Easter, Portfest, Holiday Gala Ball, Living History the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Available Interpretation

Jacksonport Courthouse Museum, wayside exhibits, monument to the Jackson guards, cannons

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Park: Daily, sunrise to sunset



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