forces had to ford the Little Missouri River because all of
the bridges were impassable.§Steele
left one brigade of infantry on the north bank of the river near
Okolona to act as a rearguard and wait for Thayer.
§Steele moved most of his 8,500 men to the
§Meanwhile Price had
General Joseph Shelby’scavalry brigade to harass the
column from the rear and Brigadier
General John Marmaduke’s cavalry brigade to stop
the Union advance.
§Shelby attacked the
Union rearguard the morning of April 3rd.
§Union artillery and bad weather led to a stalemate.
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