Camden Expedition: March 31, 1864

The 150th Camden Expedition

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – March 31, 1864

Steele is waiting for Thayer to join him from Fort Smith.  He sends scouts to locate Thayer, but no contact is made. Steele’s usual conservative nature is to wait, but his army is eating up all their rations. Steele is getting antsy to move on.


TERRE NOIR CREEK, Ark. – March 31, 1864

In the meantime, Joe Shelby’s Confederate Brigade of Missourians has arrived near Terre Noir on the Old Military Road just southwest of Spoonville, AR (present-day Hollywood, AR). Steele’s delay allows him to set up an ambush for the Federals.



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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