Camden Expedition: April 14, 1864

Reenactors at Prairie D'Ane

PRAIRIE D’ANE, Ark. – April 12, 2014 – Reenactors prepare for the 150th Battle of Prairie D’Ane on the original battlefield site.


After the Confederates were driven back during the Battle of Moscow Church, General Price sent Marmaduke’s Cavalry Division on a 60 mile detour to the south of the Union advance to get in front of Steele’s Army and prevent them from entering Camden, AR.

Union Commander Steele also dispatched General Carr’s Cavalry to lead the advance toward Camden and to clear the way of any troublesome Rebels.

During the move to Camden, the Federals, having been on half rations for 3 weeks, were not obeying Steele’s orders of individual foraging. They were eating anything and everything they could get their hands on.

Union Commander Steele received a message that the Confederates were going to hit the Union Force before they reached Camden. Steele immediately sent General Rice and his brigade to join General Carr, who was well in advance of the army train.  General Rice, after a forced march, joined General Carr 18 miles west of Camden.

The Confederate Cavalry, after the demanding 60 mile rid,e had gotten in front of the Union advance and waited about 14 miles west of Camden.

The next day promised a fight.

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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