Arkansas during the Civil War

Would Arkansas have fallen so easily to the Union if say Patrick

Cleburne and remained in the state along with his rough and ready troops It was not that

The Union's commanders were much better. Just a bit more experienced and somewhat

Much attention was given to the fortified Confederate positions on the Arkansas side

of the Mississippi River. The Union knew that the South would fall much faster if it

split and dedicated the Army's and the Navy's finest to the task. The battles of the River

paper in itself and its first before the ironclads, the Navy was useless against heavily

fortified areas along the Mississippi then these new ships of war turned the tides and

were used to good affect by both sides. The Arkansas Ironclad became famous for its

firepower and many victories along the river.

Helena and Arkansas Post were two ports on the Arkansas side of the river that had to be

taken out before the great Prize of Vicksburg could be sought. Obviously Grant and

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