Battle of Lone Jack

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Battle of Lone Jack
Began:

August 15, 1862

Ended:

August 16, 1862

Location:

Jackson County, Missouri

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Operations North of Boston Mountains

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Combined cavalry and artillery

CSA recruits

Commanders

Emory S. Foster
Major, USA

Jeremiah Vard Cockrell
Colonel, CSA
G.W. Thompson
Colonel, CSA
Upton Hays
Colonel, CSA

Strength

800

1,600

Casualties

160

110

  

Maj. Emory S. Foster, under orders, led an 800-man combined force from Lexington to Lone Jack. Upon reaching the Lone Jack area, he discovered 1,600 Rebels under Col. J.T. Coffee and prepared to attack them. About 9:00 pm on the 15th, he and his men attacked the Confederate camp and dispersed the force. Early the next morning, Union pickets informed Foster that a 3,000-man Confederate force was advancing on him. Soon afterwards, this force attacked and a battle ensued that involved charges, retreats, and counterattacks. After five hours of fighting and the loss of Foster, Coffee and his 1,500 men reappeared, causing Foster’s successor, Capt. M.H. Brawner to order a retreat. The men left the field in good order and returned to Lexington. This was a Confederate victory, but the Rebels had to evacuate the area soon afterward, when threatened by the approach of large Union forces. Except for a short period of time during Price’s Raid, in 1864, the Confederacy lost its clout in Jackson County. (NPS summary)

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