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This collection contains reports, correspondence, email research, research notes, minutes of meetings, publications, forms, hand-outs, and newsclippings involving the Jenkins Ferry Battlefield in Grant County, Arkansas, and the Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield organization.

Biographical/Historical Note

At Jenkins Ferry on April 29 and 30, 1864, Union troops fought off an attack by the Confederates. Using an inflatable pontoon bridge, Union troops crossed the flooded Saline River and retreated to Little Rock. Union Army General Frederick Steel led his men on a retreat from Camden, which he had occupied on his way to meet Union forces at Shreveport, Louisiana, as part of the Red River Campaign. Steele's supply wagons had earlier been attacked at the Battles of Poison Springs and Marks Mill. If Union forces had not succeeded in crossing the flooded river and returned relatively safely to Little Rock, Steele's control on the state would have been put in jeopardy. In Spring 2008, the Battle of Jenkins Ferry Chapter of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars was chartered with a goal to bring as much attention to the battlefield as possible." In 2010, the Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield was organized. Local people were selected local to head up the organization to preserve the battlefield. In 1994, the Camden Expedition, an area from Little Rock to Camden and back to Little Rock through Jenkins Ferry, was placed on the list of National Historic Landmarks. Act 10 of 1961 created the 37 acre state park at the location where the Little Rock to Camden road crossed the Saline River at Jenkins Ferry. On April 26-27, 2014, the 150th anniversary of the battle was commemorated. The Battle of Jenkins Ferry Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee was chaired by Richard K. Jenkins.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Grant County (Ark.)





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Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield records, MS.000645


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Friends of Jenkins' Ferry Battlefield records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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