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]

Battle of Marks' Mills Facts

April 25, 1864

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



  • 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
  • Coverage 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 26, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 19, 2022