|Monument at Jenkins' Ferry State Park|
The last significant action of the Camden Expedition, as the Arkansas phase of the Red River Campaign is known, the battle took place in the floodplain of the Saline River about 12 miles south of Sheridan, Arkansas.
|Gen. Frederick Steele|
Courtesy National Park Service
Following disastrous defeats at the Battles of Poison Spring and Marks' Mill, Steele's army faced the very real threat of starvation due to his inability to obtain supplies. Giving up on the idea of pushing forward to Shreveport, he ordered a retreat back to Little Rock.
|Gen. E. Kirby Smith|
Library of Congress
The main Confederate army came up during the night and heavy fighting began at sunrise on April 30, 1864. As the Union troops threw up temporary breastworks of logs and fence rails, Confederate General E. Kirby Smith ordered wave after wave of Southern attacks.
The fighting was fierce and bloody as the soldiers fought in mud and water that ranged from a few inches to three feet deep.
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