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(Arkansas Online) St. Charles is small, but its historic contributions are monumental.
Hop in for a ride to this Arkansas County town of 207, which sits along Arkansas 1 on the west bank of the White River. We’ll visit a memorial to those who died in a horrendous Civil War engagement, and, as a bonus, drop in a museum and learn about a hero with St. Charles ties…
My main objective is to get an up-close look at that war memorial, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1996. Known as the St. Charles Battle Monument, it is a testament to what, by some accounts, was the most destructive single shot of the Civil War. I say “by some accounts” because while it has been reported widely as the most destructive shot of the war, one has to be careful in reporting that anything was the most or greatest or biggest anything. That said, there is no denying it was deadly.
On the fateful morning of June 17, 1862, the ironclad USS Mound City, with…OPINION | HISTORY UNDERFOOT: St. Charles, little Arkansas town with big Civil War history, recalls river battle