Battle of Chalk Bluff

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Battle of Chalk Bluff
Began:

May 1, 1863

Ended:

May 2, 1863

Location:

Clay County, Arkansas

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Marmaduke’s Second Expedition into Missouri

Outcome:

Confederate victory (tactical)
Union victory (strategic)

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Combatants
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2nd Division,
Army of the Frontier
Force under command of
Brig. Gen. John McNeil

Marmaduke's cavalry division

Commanders

William Vandever
Brigadier General, USA

John S. Marmaduke
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

2,000

Casualties

120
Killed: 23
Wounded: 44
Missing/captured: 53

210
Killed: 30
Wounded: 60
Missing/captured: 120

  

Union Brig. Gen. William Vandever pursued Brig. Gen. 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. [1]

References

  1. NPS.gov: NPS Battle Summaries
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