ordered Lt. Col. Francis Drakewith
over 1,400 infantrymen, artillery and cavalry support, and 240
wagons to obtain supplies from Pine Bluff.
§Reinforced on the morning of April 25, 1864,
by some 350 additional troops, Drake’s
command contained approximately 1,800 combatants.
§Additionally, an unidentified number of white
civilians and approximately three hundred African Americans
accompanied the column. (click)
§General Fagan detected the movement
and positioned four thousand cavalrymen along the
intersection of the Camden-Pine Bluff Road and Warren Road
to ambush Drake’s column.