Battle of Devil's Backbone

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Battle of Devil's Backbone
Backbone Mountain
Began:

September 1, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Sebastian County, Arkansas

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Operations to Control Indian Territory

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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2nd Kansas Cavalry
6th Missouri Cavalry
Rabb’s 2nd Indiana Battery
(2 detachments)

Cabell’s Brigade

Commanders

William F. Cloud
Colonel, USA

W.L. Cabell
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

1,500

1,250

Casualties

16

65

  

Union Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt ordered Col. William Cloud to continue in pursuit of the Confederate forces that had withdrawn from Fort Smith and were chased to Old Jenny Lind. The Rebels turned on Cloud and skirmished with him at the base of Devil’s Backbone. Cabell’s forces ambushed approaching Union troops and momentarily halted their advance. Regrouping, the Union forces, with the help of artillery, advanced again and forced the Confederates to retire in disorder to Waldron. [1]

References

  1. NPS.gov: NPS Battle Summaries
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