Battle of Bayou Forche

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Battle of Bayou Forche
Little Rock
Began:

September 10, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Pulaski County, Arkansas

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Advance on Little Rock

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Cavalry Division,
Army of Arkansas

District of Arkansas

Commanders

John W. Davidson
Brigadier General, USA

John S. Marmaduke
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

72

Unknown

  

On September 10, 1863, Maj. Gen. Fred Steele, Army of Arkansas commander, sent Brig. Gen. John W. Davidson’s cavalry division across the Arkansas River to move on Little Rock, while he took other troops to attack Confederates entrenched on the north side. In his thrust toward Little Rock, Davidson ran into Confederate troops at Bayou Fourche. Aided by Union artillery fire from the north side of the river, Davidson forced them out of their position and sent them fleeing back to Little Rock, which fell to Union troops that evening. Bayou Fourche sealed Little Rock’s fate. The fall of Little Rock further helped to contain the Confederate Trans-Mississippi theater, isolating it from the rest of the South. (NPS summary)

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