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Camden Expedition: April 23, 1864

CAMDEN, Ark.  Before dawn, Lt. Col. Drake had his Union wagon train awakened and made ready for their trek to Pine Bluff. Drake had 1200 infantry – 240 cavalry troops under the command of Major McCauley – and 4 cannons … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 22, 1864

CAMDEN, Ark.  The Union supply train that had arrived from Pine Bluff on April 20th had been quickly unloaded, and by April 22nd was ordered to return to Pine Bluff for more supplies. Steele now had one of his three … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 21, 1864

CAMDEN, Ark.  Circumstances continued on a course that would bring Union General Steele to decide what he needed to do:  Obey orders, or save his army. Steele was weighing whether gunboats coming up the Ouachita River was the answer to … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 20, 1864

CAMDEN, Ark. The Union supply train from Pine Bluff was escorted safely into Camden on April 20th.  The train consisted of 150 wagons containing ammunition, quartermaster stores and 10 days of half rations of hardtack, bacon, coffee and salt. But … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 19, 1864

CAMDEN, Ark.  The defeated soldiers’ return from Poison Springs during the night of the 18th, along with the continuing shortage of food, brought the Union Army morale to a new low. During April 19th, Union chief quartermaster Captain Henry informed … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 18, 1864

POISON SPRINGS, Ark.  Union General Williams’ command moved out on the morning of April 18, and after a few miles, ran into Confederate pickets, which the Union forces swept aside. However, moving ever toward Camden, they encountered a Confederate force … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 17, 1864

CAMDEN, Ark.  On April 17th Union General Steele sent a foraging party of close to 200 wagons to the west of Camden to confiscate corn that had been discovered by Union Patrols. Col. James Williams was in command and, after … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 16, 1864

CAMDEN, Ark. Union General Steele encountered another problem with supplies once the Union Army entered Camden. He was forced to share what little the army had with the Camden residents, who due to the burning of supplies by the Confederates, … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 15, 1864

CAMDEN, Ark. It didn’t take long for the Union advance to run into the Confederates on the morning of April 15th. The Confederates were outnumbered and saddle weary from their long ride. The combined Union Infantry and Cavalry units pushed … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 14, 1864

PRAIRIE D’ANE, Ark.  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 … Continue reading

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