Battle of Mine Creek

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Battle of Mine Creek
Battle of the Osage
Began:

October 25, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Linn County, Missouri

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Price’s Missouri Expedition

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Commanders

Alfred Pleasonton
Major General, USA

John S. Marmaduke
Brigadier General, CSA
James F. Fagan
Major General, CSA

Strength

2,600

7,000

Casualties

100

1,200

  

About six miles south of Trading Post, where the Marais de Cygnes engagement had occurred, the brigades of Col. Frederick W. Benteen and Col. John F. Phillips, of Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton’s Provisional Cavalry Division, overtook the Confederates as they were crossing Mine Creek. These Rebels, stalled by their wagons crossing the ford, had formed a line on the north side of Mine Creek. The Federals, although outnumbered, commenced the attack as additional troops from Pleasonton’s command arrived during the fight. They soon surrounded the Rebels, resulting in the capture of about 600 men and two generals, Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke and Brig. Gen. William L. Cabell. Having lost this many men, Price’s army was doomed. Retreat to friendly territory was the only recourse. (NPS summary)

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