Camden Expedition: March 25, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition


CULPEPPER, Va. – March 25, 1864

Ulysses S Grant


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 his present expedition and assemble all his available force at New Orleans as soon as possible and prepare to receive orders for the taking of Mobile. If Shreveport is carried about eight thousand (8000) troops can be spared from Steele and Rosecrans to join Banks.”

BENTON, AR. – March 25, 1864

The lead elements of Steele’s forces reach Benton, AR. Rain is falling and the roads are muddy. Steele must get his men across the Saline River before the rains bring the level of the Saline River to the point that forces them to use their pontoon bridge for crossing. It will take a while to move 600 wagons and artillery pulled by 10,000 mules and horses plus the cavalry and infantry units across the Saline River.

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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