Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Engagement at Poison Springs

 

City: Camden vic.

County: Ouachita

Location: West of Camden on State Highway 76

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Centennial Commission

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 525609
UTM-Y: 3691755
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 33.36472129
Longitude: -92.72472243

Marker Text

Here on April 18, 1864 a Union forage train of 200 wagons escorted by 1170 men was attacked and captured by Confederate troops commanded by Generals John S. Marmaduke and Samuel B. Maxey. The wagons were loaded with corn for the Union army of General Frederick Steele encamped at Camden. Loss of these supplies helped to hasten Steeles retreat to his base in Little Rock. The Union loss at Poison Springs was 301 men killed, wounded, and missing. Confederate casualties totaled 114 men.
Erected by Arkansas Civil War Centennial Commission - 1964

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