Battle of Elkin's Ferry Facts

April 3–4, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Elkin's Ferry (aka Engagement at Elkin's Ferry).

Portrait of Frederick Steele

Union forces commanded by Major General Frederick Steele (pictured here) defeated Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke’s cavalry at the Battle of Elkin’s Ferry during the Camden Expedition in southwestern Arkansas in 1864.



  • April 3-4, 1864


  • Nevada County, Arkansas
  • Clark County, Arkansas


  • Red River Campaign (Camden Expedition)

Principal Union Commander:

  • Major General Frederick Steele

Principal Confederate Commander:

  • Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke

Union Forces Engaged:

  • VII Corps (Department of Arkansas)

Confederate Forces Engaged:

  • District of Arkansas (Marmaduke’s Cavalry Division)

Estimated Union Losses:

  • 30 wounded

Estimated Confederate Losses:

  • 68 (50 killed, 18 wounded)


  • Union Victory

Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Elkin's Ferry Facts
  • Date April 3–4, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords elkin's ferry, camden expedition, frederick steele, john s. marmaduke
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date June 1, 2023
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 3, 2022

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