Battle of Bayou Meto
|Battle of Bayou Meto|
|Part of the American Civil War|
|United States||Confederate States|
|Commanders and leaders|
|John Davidson||John Marmaduke|
|Army of Arkansas||Marmaduke's Cavalry Division
Dobbins' Arkansas Regiment
|Casualties and losses|
On August 27, Union forces commanded by John Davidson attacked an entrenched Confederate position north east of the Bayou Meto. The Union attack successfully dislodged the Confederate forces from their initial positions. The Confederate forces retreated across the Bayou Meto, burned Reed's Bridge, and repulsed Union attempts to cross the stream. The battle continued as an artillery duel until nightfall, at which point the Union forces retreated.
Bayou Meto was the last successful Confederate opposition to the Union Advance on Little Rock. After Bayou Meto, General Frederick Steele decided to advance on Little Rock from the south-east, leading to the Battle of Bayou Fourche on September 10 and the fall of Little Rock.
After the battle and as the culmination of previous disagreements, Confederate commander John S. Marmaduke asked to be removed from General Lucius Walker's command under threat of resignation. Thereafter, Walker challenged Marmaduke to a duel in which Walker was mortally wounded.
- Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War
- List of American Civil War battles
- Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War
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