September 10, 1863: Fall of Little Rock

 

 

On September 10, 1863 the drive of the Union of Arkansas, under Major General Frederick Steele to take Little Rock was crowned with success when Little Rock fell following a minor skirmish at Bayou Fourche.  With the fall of Little Rock, the number of state capitals occupied by Union troops rose to three:  Nashville, Jackson and Little Rock, all capitals of western Confederate states, and all adjacent to the Union controlled Mississippi.  This was a graphic sign that the Confederate war effort in the West was beginning to collapse.  It was because of bad news such as this that Lee reluctantly agreed to Longstreet’s corps to travel by rail to the West, a journey which we will look at in a future post.

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