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 General Banks, whose forces are proceeding north up the Red River, under the protection of Admiral David Porter’s gunboats.
Confederate Major General Sterling Price has learned that Steele’s Federals have left Little Rock heading south. Price arrays his cavalry brigades in a wide arc from Tate’s Bluff, at the convergence of the Ouachita and Little Missouri Rivers (north of Camden) to an area south of Washington, AR.
This arc was necessary since Price didn’t know what Steele’s object was. He could be heading to Camden to raid Confederate supplies, or he could advance on Washington, AR, – the Capital of the Arkansas Confederate Government, located on the Old Military Road and Southwest Trail.