Camden Expedition: April 12, 1864

Prairie D’Ane, Ark.

On the morning of April 12th, the Union Army advanced in force to take the Confederate earthworks. The small Confederate rear guard force withdrew toward the main Confederate line north of Washington, AR. Federal cavalry pursued them for a few miles and then turned back.

Union General Steele, instead of following the Confederates, turned his main column toward Camden, where there was reported supplies for his hungry men.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASteele, using his cavalry as a cover, marched toward Camden and left Union General Thayer’s Frontier Division – which had joined the main force on April 12 – in Moscow, AR. Moscow is a small hamlet on the east side of the prairie. From here, Thayer would act as rear guard and protection for the supply train, which was spread out behind the main column of the Third Division of the VII Corps.

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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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