||Grant’s Operations against Vicksburg (1863)
||July 4, 1863
||Maj. Gen. Benjamin Prentiss [US]; Lt. Gen. Theophilus H. Holmes [CS]
||District of Eastern Arkansas [US]; District of Arkansas [CS]
||1,842 total (US 206; CS 1,636)
||Lt. Gen. Theophilus Holmes’s troops attacked Helena in an attempt to relieve pressure on Vicksburg.
Although the Rebels had more troops and did initially capture some of the fortifications, the Union forces repelled
them. Thus, Helena continued as an important Union enclave in the Trans-Mississippi theater and served as a base
for the expedition that captured Little Rock.