April 25, 2012
Poison Spring State Park, west of Camden (Ouachita County), commemorates a Civil War engagement that was part of the Camden Expedition. The Engagement at Poison Spring is remembered as a Confederate ambush of Union troops, which resulted in the massacre of many African Americans. Created by Act 182 of 1961, the eighty-five-acre park contains interpretive exhibits, as well as picnic sites and a short trail. The park, one of three to commemorate the Camden Expedition, is located on Highway 76 ten miles west of Camden.