Category Archives: Arkansas

VIDEO: Dooley’s Ferry

Dooley’s Ferry in Southwest Arkansas is the site where Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and Sam Houston crossed the Red River into Texas to defend the Alamo.  The Red River Campaign of 1864 – fought in the same area – was … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Historic Old Washington

Old Washington, AR is the temporary capital of Arkansas during the Civil War (1863 – 1865).  Although Washington, AR only has a few hundred people today, the population during the 19th Century approached 5000.  Southwest Arkansas was the scene of … Continue reading

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Helena Reenactment, Cleburne Memorial

  On Saturday, March 14, I went to Helena, Arkansas for two events. The first was a memorial service to Major General Pat Cleburne, CSA.  He was one of seven Confederate Generals who came from Helena during the Civil War.  He was … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition Historic Marker

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – May 3, 2014 The Thomas J. Churchill Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) dedicated an historic marker to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of The Camden Expedition of 1864. On May … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: May 3, 1864

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The Union column continued their march, arriving at the outskirts of Little Rock about 10:30am. U.S. soldiers were back in their camps by noon. On the Confederate side, General Kirby Smith started his army on the march … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: May 2, 1864

NEAR LITTLE ROCK, Ark. As the sun rose on May 2nd, the Union column was still on the road.  They had no rations, so there was no reason to stop. About 3:00pm, the column entered the Benton Road, and the … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: May 1, 1864

NORTH of JENKIN’S FERRY, Ark. While the Battle of Jenkin’s Ferry was being played out on April 30th, Union General Steele sent General Carr’s Cavalry of 2000 troopers to Little Rock, along with the cavalry’s supply and ordinance wagons. During … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 30, 1864

JENKIN’S FERRY, Ark. In the opening scenes of the movie “Lincoln,” the fighting sequences are supposed to dramatize the fighting at Jenkin’s Ferry in the mud and rain. The bottom land over which the forces actually fought might not have … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 29, 1864

SALINE RIVER, Ark.  Union General Steele issued orders the night of April 28th that the column would again move out at 4:00a.m. the morning of April 29th.  This was accomplished with General Carr’s cavalry, again, taking the lead, with the … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 28, 1864

OUACHITA and SALINE RIVERS, Ark.  On April 27th Confederate Commander Kirby Smith had ordered General Marmaduke to send a cavalry brigade, under General Greene, north to cross the Ouachita River at any point they could find. Greene was to proceed … Continue reading

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