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Missouri History

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Missouri Actions, Battles, Skirmishes, and Engagements
...Fact: Missouri ranked third in the most battles/skirmishes during the 1861-1865 war, following Only Virginia and Tennessee. The following is a general but incomplete listing of engagements, extracted from Confederate Military History, Volume 12. 1861 May 10--Missouri Volunteer Militia is captured by Capt. Lyon at Camp Jackson; Federal troops fire upon men women and children in St. Louis. May 10--State Legislature passes military bill to recruit Missouri State Guard and to use all State resources to "suppress rebellion and  repel invasion". May 11--U.S. Reserves (Federal) "Home Guard" Troops fire a second time on a crowd at 2nd Presbyterian Church at corner of Fifth and Walnut Streets in St. Louis. Total of six killed (including four "Home Guard"...
Missouri, the 12th State of the Confederacy
...     Did Missouri secede from the Union ? Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park, has in it's collection, the actual Senate Journals which reveal that a legal quorum existed in the Senate. The House records are not known to exist. A State Guard journal in the Gen. Sweeney  Museum, reports that the vote for the House was being put off a couple days so that a quorum could be reached by the arrival of additional legislators. An important point to note, is that when the Federal government set up the Unionist government of the State, they made no point to dispel this report of a legal quorum, they simply "declared vacant all state offices, swept the General Assembly out of existence...and later vacated the Mo. Supreme Court and then even circuit clerks". ...
Price's 1864 Missouri Expedition : August 29 - December 2, 1864 Itinerary of Price's Army
...August 28.--General Price and staff left Camden and marched sixteen miles. August 29.--Marched sixteen miles to Princeton. Fagan and Marmaduke reported. General Price assumed command of cavalry and announced staff. August 30.--Marched nine miles to Tulip. Raining all day. Wood's battalion reported to Marmaduke. Orders left at Princeton for Colonel Harrison. August 31 (Camp No. 4).--Near Claridy's, on Benton road. Sent back two iron guns of Hughey's battery, not having suitable horses. Heard of Shelby cutting railroad twice and capturing 2,500 men and eight companies of the Fifty-fourth Illinois; twenty-five miles. September 1 (Camp No. 5).--On Middle Fork of Saline River; Fagan on right flank toward Benton; eighteen miles. September 2 (Camp No. 6).--Road ro...
Price's 1864 Missouri Expedition : Report of Gen. John B. Clark, Jr.
...HEADQUARTERS MARMADUKE'S DIVISION OF CAVALRY, Camp on Red River, Ark., December 19, 1864. COLONEL: I respectfully submit the following as my report of the part taken by my brigade in the late Missouri campaign: My command, known as Marmaduke's cavalry brigade, consisting of Greene's, Burbridge's, Jeffers', Kitchen's, and Lawther's regiments, Wood's battalion of cavalry, and Pratt's battalion of artillery, numbering in effective strength 1,200 men (equipments fair and horses in moderate condition), marched from Tulip, Ark., on the morning of the 31st of August at sunrise on the Benton road as the advance guard of the Army of Missouri. Arriving at the Arkansas River on the morning of the 6th of September, Lawther's regiment in advance, after a s...
Price's 1864 Missouri Expedition : Report of Maj. Gen. Sterling Price
...WASHINGTON, ARK., December 28, 1864. GENERAL: I have the honor to make the following report of my operations in the late expedition into Missouri: I regret to state that the report is meager and incomplete in many of its details, for the reason that Major-General Marmaduke and Briga-dier-General Cabell, who bore so honorable and conspicuous a part in the greater part of the expedition, were captured before its close and are now prisoners in the hands of the enemy, while Major General Fagan, who commanded the Arkansas troops who composed so large a portion of the forces engaged in it, has as yet been unable to make any report; neither have any been received from his subordinate commanders. In conformity with the letter of instructions of General E. Kirby Smith of the 11th of August, ...
Price's Last Missouri Raid
...     Gen. Price's raid on Missouri in fall of 1864 caused considerable panic to the Federals within the State. Over 6,000 troops had to be recalled from the looting/burning of Georgia to pursue Gen. Price's 12,000 man cavalry force threatening St. Louis. After leaving Doniphan Missouri on Sept. 20, 1864, Price moved against the Federals in Ft. Davidson at Pilot Knob in hope of capturing vitally needed guns and ammunition for his men. Due to the deep trench before the fortification at Ft. Davidson, Price lost from 800 to 1,000 men in his attempts to rush the fort. In preparation of attacking St. Louis, Price sent a squad of Shelby's cavalry to secure the Cheltenham Post/Telegraph office, which was then only four miles outside of the city. Due to a change of plans ...