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Glossary     |     1861     |     1862     |     1863     |     1864     |     1865     |     Credit

Major / important events highlighted in bold.



A battle is a prolonged combat involving large armies. An engagement may be a general encounter between armies, or a minor encounter between smaller forces. A skirmish is a small encounter usually incidental to a larger military movement, while an action stresses the idea of active, frequently sharp, offensive and defensive movements. The term affair simply means a fight.

Reconnaissance, expedition, and scout are similar in meaning. A reconnaissance is an examination of a territory to gain information; a scout is much the same; and an expedition is a journey for a specific purpose. An operation is a complete military action or mission of some kind. A demonstration is an exhibition of force, and a siege is a continued attempt to gain possession of a place.



February 8           Seizure of Little Rock Arsenal
February 12 Seizure of U. S. Stores, Pine Bluff
April 18 Seizure of Stores, Napoleon
April 23 Seizure of Fort Smith
May 6 Adoption by State of Secession Ordinance
December 9 Skirmish, Bushy Creek


Arkansas and the Civil War by John L. Ferguson (Little Rock, Arkansas: Pioneer Press, 1965).


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