Battle of Marks' Mills Facts

April 25, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Marks' Mill (aka Action at Marks' Mills).

James F. Fagan Portrait

Brigadier General James F. Fagan’s cavalry led a successful Confederate assault against a Union wagon train at Marks’ Mill, Arkansas during the Camden Expedition. [Wikimedia Commons]



  • April 25, 1864


  • Cleveland County, Arkansas


Principal Union Commander:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Francis Drake

Principal Confederate Commander:

  • Brigadier General James M. Fagan

Union Forces Engaged:

  • Fagan’s wagon train detachment
  • 1st Iowa Infantry Regiment

Confederate Forces Engaged:

  • Fagan’s Cavalry Brigade

Estimated Union Losses:

  • Roughly 1,500 (100 killed, 1,400 captured)

Estimated Confederate Losses:

  • 293 (41 killed, 108 wounded, 144 missing)


  • Confederate Victory

Significant Event:

  • Drake later reported that the Rebels captured “a large number” of blacks and pro-Union Arkansans accompanying the column who they subsequently “inhumanly butchered.”

Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Marks' Mills Facts
  • Date April 25, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords marks' mill, camden expedition, james f. fagan, 1st kansas (colored) infantry regiment,
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 31, 2023
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 19, 2022

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