Fort Southerland was one of five forts established in the Camden area in 1861
and occupied by Confederate Troops under General Sterling Price in 1862. This
fortification served to protect the Bradley Perry River Crossing and the
approach to Camden from the El Dorado area. Fort Southerland was the only
fortification in the Camden area to be fired upon by Confederate Troops. Federal
Troops commanded by General Frederick Steele occupied Camden and Fort from April
15, 1864 until April 25, 1864 after luring the Confederate command from the area
in a series of skirmishes to the west. It was during the occupation by Federal
Troops that Confederate forces under the command of General Sterling Price fired
on Fort Southerland from the Two Bayou area south of the Fort. This was a short
engagement and served only to harass Federal Troops. Ultimately, the Federal
campaign failed from breakdown in supply and Federal Troops withdrew and on
April 26, 1864 Confederate Forces reoccupied Camden and Fort Southerland.
From: Bob Dodson - Camden, Arkansas Camden Historical Advisory Commission
Date: 17 Nov 2006
Sir-The marker located southeast of the City of Camden marked as Ft. Southerland is incorrect. This Redoubt E a Civil War
fortification was marked by a local historian that marked it Ft. Southerland but the correct name for this redoubt was Ft.
Diamond. The correct location for this redoubt D (Southerland) was placed on California Street near the
intersection of Center Street and California Avenue near the USA Drug Store. In 2006, I placed plaques at all five redoubts
within the confines of Camden, Arkansas so that future generation would know the correct location of each redoubt.
Robert Dodson email@example.com