Camden Expedition: April 6, 1864


CAPT Junius Wheeler, USA

CAPT Junius Wheeler, USA

As luck would have it, before Thayer could arrive at Elkin’s Ferry, the weather turned ugly again. It rained over the next few days, turning the roads into muddy bogs and raising the Little Missouri River three feet.  This made it impossible to cross. Steele’s capable engineer, Captain Junius Wheeler, took work parties back to Elkin’s Ferry – repairing the road on the way – and erected a 140-foot pontoon bridge that would allow Thayer finally to unite with Steele.



Confederate General Marmaduke’s force was joined by Gano’s Texas Brigade, commanded by Colonel Charles DeMorse, and Colonel Tandy Walker’s Choctaw Brigade. These two brigades were part of Maxey’s Division that had been in the Oklahoma Indian Territory.


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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