Battle of Brownsville, Arkansas

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The Skirmish of Brownsville (August 25, 1863) was an engagement fought in present-day Lonoke County, Arkansas, during the American Civil War.

Battle

On August 25, 1863, U.S. Cavalry clashed with Confederates near Brownsville. The initial battle involving approximately 7,000 men occurred east of town.[1] After a brief artillery duel, Colonel Washington Geiger’s U.S. troopers forced the retreat of Brigadier-General Marmaduke’s Division of Cavalry. Marmaduke formed new battle lines six miles to the west. The Federal advance was repulsed, but Confederate forces were forced to retreat in less than three weeks.[2]

Aftermath

Brownsville was the first in a series of engagements during the Little Rock Campaign which led to its capture on September 10 by the United States Army.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Polston, Mike. “Brownsville (Lonoke County)”. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ Dodson, Mark. “Battle of Brownsville, Lonoke County”. Civil War Buff. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ Polston, Mike. “Brownsville (Lonoke County)”. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved 29 December 2014.

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