Battle of Clark's Mill

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Battle of Clark's Mill
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Began:

November 7, 1862

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Douglas County, Missouri

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Operations North of Boston Mountains

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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10th Illinois Cavalry
Missouri State Militia

cavalry brigade

Commanders

Hiram E. Barstow
Captain, USA

John Q. Burbridge
Colonel, CSA
Colton Greene
Colonel, CSA

Strength

100

1,000

Casualties

113

Unknown

  

The Battle of Clark's Mill was a confict during the Civil War that took place on November 7, 1862 in Douglas County, Missouri.

Military Strategy

Having received reports that Confederate troops were in the area, Capt. Hiram E. Barstow, Union commander at Clark’s Mill, sent a detachment toward Gainesville and he led another southeastward. Barstow’s men ran into a Confederate force, skirmished with them and drove them back. His column then fell back to Clark’s Mill where he learned that another Confederate force was coming from the northeast. Unlimbering artillery to command both approach roads, Barstow was soon engaged in a five-hour fight with the enemy. Under a white flag, the Confederates demanded a surrender, and the Union, given their numerical inferiority, accepted. The Confederates paroled the Union troops and departed after burning the blockhouse at Clark’s Mill. Clark’s Mill helped the Confederates to maintain a toehold in southwest Missouri. (NPS summary)

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