Battle of Old River Lake

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Battle of Old River Lake
Ditch Bayou, Lake Chicot, Lake Village
Furlough, Fish Bayou, Grand Lake
Began:

June 6, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Chicot County, Arkansas

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Expedition to Lake Village

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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XVI Army Corps

Marmaduke's Division

Commanders

Joseph A. Mower
Brigadier General, USA

Colton Greene
Colonel, CSA

Strength

Two brigades

Casualties

180

100

  

Maj. Gen. A.J. Smith ordered Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Mower to demonstrate against Lake Village. Mower camped near Sunnyside Landing on the evening of June 5 and took up his line of march again the next morning. The skirmishing Confederates fell back to Red Leaf where Col. Colton Greene and his men were encamped. As the Federals advanced, Greene’s men, assisted by artillery, fought a delaying action at Ditch Bayou and then withdrew to Parker's landing on Bayou Mason. The Union troops advanced to Lake Village, camped there overnight, and the next day rejoined the flotilla on the Mississippi River at Columbia. The Rebels delayed the Union advance but, eventually, allowed them to continue to their objective: Lake Village. (NPS summary)

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