The 150th Camden Expedition
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – March 23, 1864
U.S. General Frederick Steele leaves Little Rock with a force of 7000, including infantry, cavalry, artillery batteries and about 600 supply and pontoon wagons.
Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant had commanded Steele to head southwest to rendezvous with Major General Nathan Banks at Shreveport, Louisiana.
Banks, in conjunction with Rear Admiral David Porter’s flotilla of gunboats and cotton barges, had been on the move from New Orleans since March 10, 1864. Banks’ troops moved on roads that paralleled Porter’s gunboats as they navigated the Red River, upstream toward Shreveport.
This two-prong attack by Federal forces to take Shreveport has been dubbed “The Red River Campaign.”
Steele’s northern leg of the Campaign through Arkansas has been further designated as “The Camden Expedition.”
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of The Camden Expedition.