increasing number of Confederates near Camden (due to the arrival
of Lieutenant GeneralEdmund
Kirby Smith’s command) and the foraging disasters
at Marks’ Mills and Poison Spring, forced Steele to abandon Camden.
§Steele left Camden on April 26, 1864, and
marched northward toward Little Rock. (click)
§On the afternoon of April 29, the Union forces
reached Jenkins’ Ferry and beganbuilding
pontoons across the swollen river began constructing defensivebattlements.