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New CW Markers in Ark

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission's Civil War Marker Program ....
Unveiled it newest Civil War Marker in Johnson, AR on July 16, 2012.  The new black and gold marker is located at the Inn at the Mill, 3906 Greathouse Springs Road in Johnson and documents the destruction of vital Grist Mills throughout Northwest Arkansas during the American Civil War.

The Grist Mills were where 19th Century Arkansas citizens brought their wheat and corn to be ground into flour and meal.  As fighting raged across the region the mills were burned by both Confederate and Union troops to prevent their use by the enemy.  Later as the major armies moved east of the Mississippi, Union troops burned most of the remaining mills because they were being used as gathering places for local Confederate guerrillas.  The loss of the Grist Mills fell heaviest on the civilian families of Northwest Arkansas, mostly women and children and old men....many starved or were forced to become refugees.

Curator of Prairie Grove Battlfield State Park, Alan Thompson states that Washington County (in which Johson is located) had over 15,000 residents before the Civil War.  After the war only about 5,000 remained in the county.  Almost all of their mills and many of the homes lay in ashes.

Sutton's Mill originally occupied this site in Johnson, Arkansas but it was burned down during the Civil War.  The present day mill (pictured above) was constructed soon after the war by two former Union soldiers, Jacob Johnson and William Mayes.  The new Arkansas Civil War Marker stands across the pond from the mill.

Wartime Gristmill Destruction Civil War Marker dedication on Monday, July 16th, 2012:
(Left to Right) Arkansas State Representative Jon Woods, Inn at the Mill manager Jesse Burkes, Confederate re-enactor, Chairman of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commissions Civil War Commission Tom Dupree, Union re-enactor.
Also attending the event was the Mayor of Johnson, Arkansas, Buddy Curry (not pictured).

The new Civil War Marker is located at the "Johnson" exit off I-540, on the beautiful grounds of the Inn at the Mill ... and only five minutes from Arvest Ballpark, home to the NWA Naturals (Texas League).
Pictured Above:  Tina Ayres and CWFT Host, Travis Ayres.

For more information on the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in Arkansas and to subscribe to an E-Newsletter, go to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission website:
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