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Old River Lake
Ditch Bayou, Lake Chicot
Civil War Arkansas


American Civil War
June 6, 1864

Major General A.J. Smith ordered Brigadier General Joseph A. Mower to demonstrate against Lake Village. Mower camped near Sunnyside Landing on the evening of June 5 and took up his line of march again the next morning.

The skirmishing Confederates fell back to Red Leaf where Colonel Colton Greene and his men were encamped.

As the Federals advanced, Greene's men, assisted by artillery, fought a delaying action at Ditch Bayou and then withdrew to Parker's landing on Bayou Mason.

The Union troops advanced to Lake Village, camped there overnight, and the next day rejoined the flotilla on the Mississippi River at Columbia.

The Rebels delayed the Union advance but, eventually, allowed them to continue to their objective: Lake Village.

Result(s): Union victory

Location: Chicot County

Campaign: Expedition to Lake Village (1864)

Date(s): June 6, 1864

Principal Commanders: Brigadier General Joseph A. Mower [US]; Colonel Colton Greene [CS]

Forces Engaged: Two brigades of XVI Army Corps [US]; Marmaduke's Division [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 280 total (US 180; CS 100)

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