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Published: December 3, 2012 3:00 a.m.

This week in the civil war

Rebel offensive in Arkansas fails

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This week 150 years ago in the Civil War, Confederate and Union forces continued their fight for supremacy in Arkansas.

Confederates led by Maj. Gen. Thomas Hindman moved to put his sizable force between two Union divisions in hopes of smashing them. But rival Union commanders fought back against the Confederates, who set up defensive lines along a ridge at Prairie Grove.

Attacks and counterattacks followed, and at one point it looked as if the rebels would triumph. But then sunset brought a halt to the fighting with neither side a winner. Nonetheless, Hindman was forced to withdraw from the region, leaving the Union in control of a large swath of Arkansas.

Associated Press