The Marmaduke-Walker Duel was fought during the American Civil War between two Confederate generals – John Sappington Marmaduke and Lucius Marshall (Marsh) Walker. A disagreement arose between the two men in the summer of 1863 when Walker failed to carry-out military operations as planned, which unintentionally left Marmaduke and his men exposed to enemy troops. This ultimately led to Marmaduke questioning Walker’s courage and, eventually, a duel to the death between the pair.
Following the Aug. 27, 1863, battle at Bayou Meto, Confederate Gen. John Marmaduke asked to be removed from under Gen. Lucius M. Walker’s command. The two generals were at odds over actions at Helena and Brownsville earlier in 1863. Marmaduke’s transfer was approved, but after a series of messages passed between the generals’ staffs, Walker issued a challenge to a duel. The officers met at dawn on Sept. 6, armed with Navy Colts. Both fired and missed, then Marmaduke fatally wounded Walker, who died the next day after forgiving the man who shot him.
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society
Dennis and Marsha Ward
Arkansas Humanities Council/Department of Arkansas Heritage
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
City: North Little Rock
Location: South of Highway 165 and east of its junction with Highway 70
Year Dedicated: 2015