Devil's Backbone

Col. William F. Cloud, USA

Brig. Gen. W.L. Cabell, CSA

The Union had two cavalry regiments and some artillery; the Confederates a weak cavalry brigade.

Union losses were under 20; Confederate losses about 65.

Union Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt ordered Col. William Cloud to continue in pursuit of the Confederate forces that had withdrawn from Fort Smith and were chased to Old Jenny Lind. The Rebels turned on Cloud and skirmished with him at the base of Devil's Backbone. Cabell's forces ambushed approaching Union troops and momentarily halted their advance. Regrouping, the Union forces, with the help of artillery, advanced again and forced the Confederates to retire in disorder to Waldron.

Location: 
Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States
Outcome: 
Union victory
Campaign: 
Start Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 1863
Start Year: 
1863
End Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 1863
End Year: 
1863
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