Harvest of Death: The Battle of Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas

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** This is a revised Second Edition - April 2014 ** **The editing issues that were in the original work have been corrected. In addition, the revised second edition now includes over forty pages of additional photographs, some never before published, of the commanders as well as how the battlefield looks today from several key places on the battlefield.** In the spring of 1864 following the failed Red River Campaign, two vast armies marched across Southern Arkansas. The Federal Army, trying desperately to get back to the safety of Little Rock, having marched toward Louisiana in support of the Union’s failed invasion of Texas was running out of food and supplies. Union General Frederick Steele knew he had to get his army back to the safety of Little Rock if they were to survive. In hot pursuit of the Federals were thousands of Confederates under command of General Edmund Kirby Smith. Their mission: destroy the Union Army at all cost. As both armies marched north toward Little Rock, the rain that had plagued the march early on had returned with a vengeance, turning the Federal retreat into a mud march. Standing in the way of the Federal retreat was the rain swollen Saline River crossing at Jenkins’ Ferry. The frustrated Federals were forced to construct a pontoon bridge across the rising river slowing their march, enabling the Confederates to close the gap. The resulting Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry was one of the largest and certainly one of the most vicarious in Arkansas Civil War history. Harvest of Death: the Battle of Jenkins ’ Ferry, Arkansas is the first major work dedicated to the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry in fifty years. Author Joe Walker tells the story of two armies and their epic clash alongside the Saline River. Through the use of previously unpublished photographs and stories, Walker brings the battle to life as never before. Through the use of a previously unpublished map of the battle, drawn by a Confederate Engineer shortly after the battle, Walker shows the battle in a completely new light and changes forever the way historians believed the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry was fought. Walker also discusses the discovery of previously forgotten accounts of the battle that suggest the Federal Army used more that skill and tactics to out battle the Confederates – they may have outwitted and defeated the Confederates through one altered courier dispatch – an alteration that may have affected the outcome of the battle and changed the balance of power in Civil War Arkansas. The Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry, Arkansas was one of the most violent Civil War battles in our history with accusations of atrocities committed by both sides. It will make you rethink the history of Civil War Arkansas.

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