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Shortly after the Union wagon train was attacked during a forage expedition at Poison Spring, another wagon train was attacked one week later on April 25 at Marks’ Mill. Located in present day Cleveland County, the battle is represented on grid J7. It was the destruction of the Federal wagon train at Marks’ Mill that led to the complete abandonment of the Red River Campaign in Arkansas and was the catalyst for the immediate retreat of the Union army back to Little Rock.
It was during the hasty retreat from Camden to Little Rock that the Federal army became trapped between the Saline River and Camden, resulting in a bloody battle in the Saline River bottoms south of present-day Sheridan at a crossing on the river at Jenkins’ Ferry. It was this final battle in the Camden Expedition that left south Arkansas firmly in the hands of Confederate forces. The fourth battle noted on the original engineer map took place in the far eastern section of the state near present-day Lake Village in the Arkansas Delta. Also known as the Battle of Ditch Bayou, Furlough, and Fish Bayou, this battle was not dated on the original map.
It was here that a skirmish erupted on June 5 and 6, 1864 in Chicot County as seen on grid L10. The Union victory allowed Federal soldiers in securing Lake Village nearby.