Battle of Jenkins' Ferry

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Battle of Jenkins' Ferry
Began:

April 30, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Grant County, Arkansas

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Camden Expedition

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Department of Arkansas

Army of Arkansas

Commanders

Frederick Steele
Major General, USA

Edmund Kirby Smith
General, CSA

Strength

12,000

10,000

Casualties

521

443

  

Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele’s forces retreated from Camden after being mauled at Marks’ Mills and Poison Spring. On the afternoon of April 29, the Union forces reached Jenkins’ Ferry and began crossing the Saline River, which was swollen by heavy rain. Rebel forces arrived on the 30th and attacked repeatedly. The Federals repulsed the attacks and finally crossed with all their men and supply wagons, many of which they were compelled to abandon in the swamp north of Saline. The Confederates bungled a good chance to destroy Steele’s army, which after crossing the river, regrouped at Little Rock. (NPS summary)

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