Maj. Gen. Fred Steele, USA
Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke, CSA
Steele had an infantry division and two cavalry brigades; the Confederates had three cavalry brigades.
Both sides lost 40-50 men.
During the expedition, Union forces sought a ford to cross the Little Missouri River because other roads were impassible. They reached Elkin's Ferry before the Confederates. As they crossed, the Confederates attempted to stop them but to no avail.