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Skirmish of Brownsville, Arkansas
Part of the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the
American Civil War
Date August 25, 1863
Result United States victory
 United States  Confederate States
Commanders and leaders
United States Washington Geiger Confederate States of America John Marmaduke

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


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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