Camden Expedition: March 24, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition

Outside of LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – March 24, 1864

General Thayer

Brig. Gen. John Milton Thayer


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 on April 1, 1864.

Steele wasn’t enamored with the Red River Campaign battle plan. Spring rains had left the roads muddy and close to impassable. In addition, the area into which he would be marching was completely devoid of foodstuffs, after having been picked over during almost three years of war.

Steele places his men on half-rations until they reach Arkadelphia.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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