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Confederate Camps in South Arkansas
By late in the Civil War, Confederate troops were amassed exclusively in south Arkansas following a series of military actions that left the majority of the state under Federal occupation, limiting the Confederate scope of interest in and around Camden and other points scattered. Of the nearly 100 camps depicted on the original engineer’s map, each site would have been chosen for its respective location to valuable resources needed to keep armies subsidized, including running water via streams, bayous, rivers or springs. Troops in any number required food for themselves and their horses, mules, and other livestock and other resources found in rural south Arkansas.
This map shows the relative locations of nearly 100 Confederate encampments scattered across south Arkansas late in the Civil War. While depicted on this map as yellow dots, small flags represent encampments in the original map and this atlas.