General Steele received orders to support Major General Banks
on March 15 in Little Rock, AR.
§Steele was not in favor of providing support
for the Red River Campaign as was not adequately
ordered Brigadier General John M. Thayer’s Frontier Division at Fort
Smith to meet his force in Arkadelphia by April 1.
§Steele reached Arkadelphia on March 29thand waited for Thayer’s
§Unfortunately, Thayer’s Frontier Divisionwas delayed by bad roads and inadequate
§After three days, Steele decided to continue
his mission without the Frontier Division.
Old U.S. Arsenal Building , Little Rock
Courtesy of the Arkansas Historic Preservation