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Chalk Bluff

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Battle Name: Chalk Bluff
Other Names: None
State: Arkansas
Location: Clay County
Campaign: Marmaduke’s Second Expedition into Missouri (1863)
Dates: May 1-2, 1863
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. William Vandever [US]; Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke [CS]
Forces Engaged: 2nd Division, Army of the Frontier and force under command of Brig. Gen. John McNeil [US]; Marmaduke’s Cavalry Division [CS]
Estimated Casualties: Unknown
Description: Union Brig. Gen. William Vandever pursued Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke to Chalk Bluff, where the Confederates hoped to cross the St. Francis River. To ford the river, Marmaduke established a rearguard that received heavy punishment on May 1-2. Although most of Marmaduke’s raiders crossed the St. Francis River, they suffered heavy casualties and therefore ended the expedition.
Results: Confederate tactical victory (The results, however, forced Marmaduke to end his expedition, making this a Union strategic victory.)

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