Camden Expedition: April 4, 1864

ELKIN’S FERRY, Ark. 

Marmaduke

Marmaduke

In the early hours of April 4th, Confederate Division Leader Brigadier General Marmaduke sent his brigade, under Col. Colton Greene, to attack the Union position.

Greene’s 1200 troopers hit the Union line, now under Col. William McLean, with a vengeance. Division Commander Marmaduke even arrived on the field with a section of artillery and with Col. James Monroe’s 1st Arkansas regiment as reinforcements. The added men allowed the Confederates nearly break the Union right flank.

However, Union General Samuel Rice arrived with two infantry regiments and stopped the Confederate advance.  Confederate Commander Marmaduke conceded the crossing at Elkin’s Ferry to the Union army and pulled his forces back to Cornelius Farm.

Losses in the fight had been light: for the Confederates, 50 wounded and 18 killed, and for the Union, about 30 casualties.

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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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