Dogwood trees were in full bloom as Union General Frederick Steele led 8,500 soldiers out of comfortable quarters in Little Rock and into the pine and scrub woodlands of southwest Arkansas. Steele's intended target was Shreveport, Louisiana. He planned to join another Union force coming from Fort Smith, bringing his projected complement to 12,500 troops, and then link with another Federal army in Louisiana.
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A compilation of six essays originally presented at a conference at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock. They deal with African American soldiers and their changing role in the war, the Camden Expedition, the battle of Honey Springs, and battles of Poison Spring and Jenkins' Ferry.About the Author:
Mark K. Christ is community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the editor of Ready, Booted, and Spurred: Arkansas in the U.S.–Mexican War.
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