Battle of Helena

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Began:

July 4, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Phillips County, Arkansas

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Grant's Operations Against Vicksburg

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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District of Eastern Arkansas

District of Arkansas

Commanders

Benjamin Prentiss
Major General, USA

Theophilus H. Holmes
Lieutenant General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

206

1,636

  

Lt. Gen. Theophilus Holmes’s troops attacked Helena in an attempt to relieve pressure on Vicksburg. Although the Rebels had more troops and did initially capture some of the fortifications, the Union forces repelled them. Thus, Helena continued as an important Union enclave in the Trans-Mississippi theater and served as a base for the expedition that captured Little Rock. (NPS summary)

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