Bayou Fourche, AR

Date(s): September 10, 1863

Campaign(s): Advance on Little Rock [1863]



  • Union: Brig. Gen. John W. Davidson

  • Confederate: Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Cavalry Division, Army of Arkansas, Arkansas Expedition

  • Confederate: District of Arkansas


  • On September 10, 1863, Maj. Gen. Fred Steele, Army of Arkansas commander, sent Brig. Gen. John W. Davidsonís cavalry division across the Arkansas River to move on Little Rock,

  • Steele led other troops to attack Confederates entrenched on the north side.

  • In his advance toward Little Rock, Davidson ran into Confederate troops at Bayou Fourche.

  • Aided by Union artillery fire from the north side of the river, Davidson forced them out of their position and sent them fleeing back to Little Rock,

  • The Union victory at the Battle of Bayou Fourche resulted in the capture of Little Rock that evening. 

  • The fall of Little Rock further helped to contain the Confederate Trans-Mississippi theater, isolating it from the rest of the South.

Slide Presentation: None [Battlefield Lost Integrity]

Classification1: B


  • Union: 72

  • Confederate: Unknown

Results: Union Victory

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Lodging and Restaurants: Arkansas Tourism

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1 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

2 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 07/20/2013