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 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.