Monthly Archives: March 2014

Camden Expedition: March 31, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – March 31, 1864 Steele is waiting for Thayer to join him from Fort Smith.  He sends scouts to locate Thayer, but no contact is made. Steele’s usual conservative nature is to wait, but his … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 26

I only had 21st century money, and didn’t know if there was a fee for crossing the bridge. I now wished I had relieved the drunk of his few coins! My clothes stank of whiskey, so I put a little … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: March 29, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – March 29, 1864 The lead elements of Steele’s Force enter Arkadelphia, AR via the Old Military Road and begin to forage for food. It takes a lot to fill the bellies of 8000 … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: March 28, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition ROCKPORT, Ark. – March 28, 1864 The Federal Army crosses the Ouachita River and continues it way over muddy roads southwest on the Old Military Road. This route leads to Shreveport and Steele’s rendezvous with Major … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: March 27, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition MALVERN, Ark. – March 27, 1864 The Federal Force continues through Malvern with foraging units looking for food.  Steele arrives at the Ouachita (pronounced Washita) River and must utilize his pontoon bridge to get across the … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 25

I walked a few feet, and a tree branch slapped me in the head. It suddenly dawned on me that I had forgotten the drunk’s hat. I turned around and went back to the disrobing site, but there wasn’t a … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: March 26, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition Benton, Ark. – March 26, 1864 Major General Fredrick Steele’s force completes crossing the Saline River. The Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi, commanded by General Edmund Kirby Smith, has moved south to counter Union troops advancing … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: March 25, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition   CULPEPPER, Va. – March 25, 1864 Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant writes to his Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Henry Halleck: “I sent a letter to Genl Banks before leaving Nashville directing him to finish … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: March 24, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition Outside of LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – March 24, 1864   General Steele sends a message to Brigadier General Thayer to proceed with his Frontier Division from his camp in Ft. Smith and meet him in Arkadelphia … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, part 24

I was standing to the man’s left side. He looked at me and said, “Who are you?” “The devil incarnate!” I yelled. Then I slugged him with a right cross that, in his inebriated state, laid him out cold.  A … Continue reading

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