Civil War Arkansas
American Civil War
May 1-2, 1863
Union Brigadier General William Vandever pursued Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke to Chalk Bluff, where the Confederates hoped to cross the St. Francis River.
To ford the river, Marmaduke established a rearguard that received heavy punishment on May 1-2.
Although most of Marmaduke's raiders crossed the St. Francis River, they suffered heavy casualties and therefore ended the expedition.
Result(s): Confederate tactical victory
Location: Clay County
Campaign: Marmaduke's Second Expedition into Missouri (1863)
Date(s): May 1-2, 1863
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General William Vandever [US]; Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke [CS]
Forces Engaged: 2nd Division, Army of the Frontier and force under command of Brigadier General John McNeil [US]; Marmaduke's Cavalry Division [CS]
Estimated Casualties: Unknown
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