Civil War Arkansas
American Civil War
April 18, 1864
Dwindling supplies for his army at Camden forced US Major General Fred Steele to send out a foraging party to gather corn that the Confederates had stored about twenty miles up the Prairie D'Ane-Camden Road on White Oak Creek.
The party loaded the corn into wagons, and on April 18, Colonel James M. Williams started his return to Camden. Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke's and Brigadier General Samuel B. Maxey's Confederate forces arrived at Lee Plantation, about fifteen miles from Camden, where they engaged Williams.
The Rebels eventually attacked Williams in the front and rear forcing him to retreat north into a marsh where his men regrouped and then fell back to Camden. The Union lost 198 wagons and all the corn.
Result(s): Confederate victory
Location: Ouachita County
Campaign: Camden Expedition (1864)
Date(s): April 18, 1864
Principal Commanders: Colonel James M. Williams [US]; Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke and Brigadier General Samuel Bell Maxey [CS]
Forces Engaged: Brigade (1,100 men) [US]; Marmaduke's and Maxey's Divisions [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 415 total (US 301; CS 114)
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