Battle of Brownsville, Arkansas facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSkirmish of Brownsville, Arkansas
|Part of the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the
American Civil War
|United States||Confederate States|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Washington Geiger||John Marmaduke|
On August 25, 1863, U.S. Cavalry clashed with Confederates near Brownsville. The initial battle involving approximately 7,000 men occurred east of town. 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.
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.
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