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Prairie D'Ane

Battle Name: Prairie D’Ane
Other Names: Gum Grove, Moscow
State: Arkansas
Location: Nevada County
Campaign: Camden Expedition (1864)
Dates: April 9-13, 1864
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Fred Steele [US]; Maj. Gen. Sterling Price [CS]
Forces Engaged: Department of Arkansas [US]; District of Arkansas [CS]
Estimated Casualties: Unknown
Description: On April 10, Maj. Gen. Fred Steele’s Union forces, combined with Brig. Gen. John M. Thayer’s division, marched south from the Cornelius Farm. They soon encountered a Confederate line of battle at Prairie D’Ane and attacked, driving it back about a mile before being checked. Skirmishing continued throughout the afternoon of April 11, forcing Steele to divert line of march forces away from Shreveport toward Camden. Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s Confederates returned to Prairie D’Ane on April 13, falling upon Steele’s rearguard under Thayer. After a four-hour battle, Price disengaged, and Steele’s column continued to Camden, occupying the city.
Results: Union victory

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