Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

The Camden Expedition


City: Little Rock

County: Pulaski

Location: MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Miltiary History, 500 E. 9th St.

Sponsor: ACWSC, Churchill Chapter UDC, MacArthur Museum, AR Humanities Council

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 567272
UTM-Y: 3844217
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.73784017
Longitude: -92.26512921

Marker Text

The Camden Expedition

On March 23, 1864, Gen. Frederick Steele led a Union army south from Little Rock to join another army in Louisiana and invade Texas. After fighting at Elkins Ferry and Prairie DAne, Steeles hungry army occupied Camden. Disastrous defeats at Poison Spring and Marks Mills led Steele to abandon his drive south and retreat to Little Rock. He fought a desperate battle against Confederate troops from Louisiana at Jenkins Ferry on April 30 before returning to the capital on May 3. The Camden Expedition marked its beginning and end here at the U.S. Arsenal.

No. 73

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
General T.J. Churchill Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
Arkansas Humanities Council
National Endowment for the Humanities


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