Category Archives: Red River

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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Camden Expedition: April 27, 1864

NORTH of CAMDEN, Ark.  The Union evacuation of Camden had occurred without a hitch.   The Confederates didn’t learn of the mass withdrawal until a few hours after the Union army had left Camden. It was the next morning, April 27th,before the … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 26, 1864

CAMDEN, Ark.  The defeat at Marks Mills galvanized Union General Steele’s need for action. It also gave him the answer to his 3 questions: 1. Union gunboats couldn’t help him now. 2. He had too many Confederates confronting him to … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 25, 1864

MARKS MILLS, Ark.  Early in the morning of April 25th, the Union cavalry detachment rode out to execute their patrol.  The first thing they encountered was Lt. Schrom’s buggy mired so deep in Moro Bottoms that it couldn’t be recovered. … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 24, 1864

ON THE CAMDEN ROAD, Ark.  On April 24th, the Union wagon train was up and moving early.  The column made good headway and was not harassed by any Confederates during the day’s march. This didn’t bode well for the Union … Continue reading

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