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Camden Expedition Sites

Little Rock, Arkansas
County of Pulaski.
Clark, Cleveland, Grant, Hempstead, Nevada, Oachita & Pulaski Cos.
National Register Number: 70000127
Resource type: District.
Property type: Defense - battle site. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: AR-1 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Some are units of the Arkansas State Park System: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1994):
The Camden Expedition (March 23-May 2, 1864) involved Union forces stationed at Little Rock and Fort Smith under the command of Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele. The plan called for Steele's force to march to Shreveport, Louisiana, where it would link up with an amphibious expedition led by Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks and Rear Admiral David D. Porter, whose force was to advance up the Red River Valley; once joined, the Union force was to strike into Texas. But the two pincers never converged, and Steele's columns suffered terrible losses in a series of battles with Confederate forces led by Maj. Gen. Sterling Price and Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith.

Generally speaking, the landmark is in satisfactory condition. However, near Ft. Lookout, the site is suffering from erosion due to clear cutting and the proximity of the river. At Ft. Sutherland, a monument has been erected and the name has been changed from Fort Sutherland (which was incorrect) to Fort Diamond (which is the landmark's correct name). At Jenkins Ferry Battlfield, there is the concern of damaging uses in the future.

Generally improved since the last report.

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