§Confederate troops under Major GeneralJames F. Fagan
overwhelmed a small Union detachment commanded by Lieutenant Colonel
Francis Drake, leading to Union abandonment of their position
in Camden, Arkansas.§Following the brutal Union
defeat at the Battle of Poison Spring on April 18, 1864,
Union Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele retained possession of Camden, Arkansas,
while Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price continued his ad hoc
siege upon Camden from the countryside.
§As the Federal
provisions diminished, the arrival of much-needed supplies from Pine
Bluff convinced Steele that more
could be obtained using the Camden-Pine Bluff Road.