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Battle of Dry Wood Creek

Battle of Dry Wood Creek
Battle of the Mules
Began:

September 2, 1861

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Vernon County, Missouri

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Operations to Control Missouri

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Kansas Cavalry Brigade

Missouri State Guard

Commanders

James H. Lane
Colonel, USA

Sterling Price
Major General, CSA
James S. Rains
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

600

Casualties

14

20
Killed: 4
Wounded: 16

  

Col. James H. Lane’s cavalry, comprising about 600 men, set out from Fort Scott to learn the whereabouts of a rumored Confederate force. They encountered a Confederate force, about 6,000-strong, near Big Dry Wood Creek. The Union cavalry surprised the Confederates, but their numerical superiority soon determined the encounter’s outcome. They forced the Union cavalry to retire and captured their mules, and the Confederates continued on towards Lexington. The Confederates were forcing the Federals to abandon southwestern Missouri and to concentrate on holding the Missouri Valley.