§The Camden Expedition (March 23–May
2, 1864) was a military campaign in southern and central
involved Union forces stationed at Little Rock and Fort Smith under
the command of Major GeneralFrederick Steele.
§The plan called for Steele's force to march to Shreveport,
Louisiana, where it would link up with an amphibious expedition
led by Maj. Gen. Nathaniel
P. Banks and Rear AdmiralDavid
D. Porter, whose force was to advance up
the Red River Valley; once joined, the Union force was to strike
the two pincers never converged, and Steele's
columns suffered terrible losses in a series of battles with Confederate
forces led by Maj.
Price and Gen.
Edmund Kirby Smith.
Major General Frederick Steele
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