Civil War Arkansas
American Civil War
April 30, 1864
Major General Fred Steele's forces retreated from Camden after being mauled at Marks' Mills and Poison Spring.
On the afternoon of April 29, the Union forces reached Jenkins' Ferry and began crossing the Saline River, which was swollen by heavy rain.
Rebel forces arrived on the 30th and attacked repeatedly.
The Federals repulsed the attacks and finally crossed with all their men and supply wagons, many of which they were compelled to abandon in the swamp north of Saline.
The Confederates bungled a good chance to destroy Steele's army, which after crossing the river, regrouped at Little Rock.
Result(s): Union victory in retreat
Location: Grant County
Campaign: Camden Expedition (1864)
Date(s): April 30, 1864
Principal Commanders: Major General Fred Steele [US]; General E. Kirby Smith [CS]
Forces Engaged: Department of Arkansas [US]; Army of Arkansas [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 964 total (US 521; CS 443)
Civil War Soldier 102 Piece Playset
- 25 Union and 25 Confederate Soldier Figures, 18 Horses, 10 Cannon
- 2 Covered Wagons, 2 Tents, 2 Canoes, 2 Flags, 16 Fences
- Size: Figures Stand up to 2-1/8 inches tall
- Scale: 1/32nd, Wagons and Horses slightly smaller
From Manassas to Appomattox: General James Longstreet
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Rugged and Sublime: The Civil War in Arkansas
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which ranks the state fifth in total number of battles, actions, and skirmishes
Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign
A gripping narrative of the events surrounding Prairie Grove, Arkansas, one of the great unsung
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Civil War Arkansas, 1863
The Battle for a State
The Arkansas River Valley is one of the most fertile regions in the South. During the Civil War, the river also
served as a vital artery for moving troops and supplies. In 1863 the battle to wrest control of the valley was, in effect, a battle for the state itself.
U.S. National Park Service
U.S. Library of Congress.
Sometimes Jenkins' Ferry is misspelled causing difficulty when doing research. So I have added some text to include the other spelling such as Jenkin's, which is wrong because the owner of the Ferry was named Jenkins. Therefore the possessive of the name has the apostrophe after the s. Some people look for Jenkin and the Ferry which is also spelled wrong. With these extra spellings I hope I
have helped you find the information that you are looking for about Arkansas battles during the Civil War.
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