returned to Prairie D’Ane on April 13thand attacked Steele’s
rearguard under Thayer.
§After a four-hour battle, Price disengaged, and Steele’s column continued to Camden, occupying
the city. (click)
§Steele’s ploy had worked and the Union forces
turned east and entered Camden on April 15th.
§The skirmish at Prairie D’Ane allowed Steele to confuse the Confederates and force
them to defend Washington while Federal troops moved into
§However, the lack of
supplies halted Steele’s
advance into southwest Arkansas and hurt the Union’s chances
of joining Banks in
§Kirby Smith returned from Louisiana
where he had defeated Bank’s army. (click)