Jenkinson's Ferry, battle of.
In 1864, General Steele
, at Little Rock, Ark.
, tried to co-operate with the Red River
expedition, but was unable to do so effectually, for he was confronted by a heavy body of Confederates.
He started southward, March 23, with 8,000 troops, cavalry and infantry.
He was to be joined by General Thayer
, with 5,000 men, but this was not then accomplished.
pushed on for the purpose of flanking Camden
and drawing out Price
from his fortifications there.
Early in April Steele
was joined by Thayer
, and on the evening of the 15th they entered Camden
Seriously menaced by gathering Confederates, Steele
, who, by the retreat of Banks
been released from duty elsewhere, moved towards Little Rock
He crossed the Washita
on the night of April 26.
At Jenkinson's Ferry, on the Sabine River
, he was attacked by an overwhelming force, led by Gen. Kirby Smith
's troops, though nearly famished, fought desperately during a most sanguinary battle that ensued.
Three times the Confederates
charged heavily, and were repulsed.
The battle was fought by infantry alone, and the Nationals finally drove their adversaries and gained a complete victory.
Then they crossed the river and moved on towards Little Rock
In the struggle at Jenkinson's Ferry the Confederates
lost over 3,000 men, including more than 300 officers.
lost 700 killed and wounded. Steele
's broken army reached Little Rock
on May 2.