BATTLE OF GLASGOW – OCTOBER 15, 1864
Part of C.S.A. Gen. Price’s 1864 raid into Missouri.
Bushwhacker Bloody Bill Anderson’s gang ransacked the town several days after the Union-CSA battle*
* The capture of the federal garrison left citizens of Glasgow without protection against Bushwhacker “Bloody Bill” Anderson’s gang, roving in the wake of Price’s CSA Army Cavalry raid.
Forces Engaged: Union 800 vs. CSA 1,500-1,800
Stamp Location: Bushwhacker Bend Winery
Address: 515 First St., Glasgow, Mo. 65254
Phone Number: 660-338-2100
Staff Available: Wed-Sat, 11 am-6 pm; Sun, 12-5 pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Closed Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Visit Fee: None
A wine-tasting stop on the Missouri River Wine Trail.
INTERIOR DEPT. SUMMARY: While Maj. Gen. Sterling Price led his men westward across Missouri, he decided to send a detachment to Glasgow to liberate weapons and supplies in an arms storehouse, purported to be there. This combined mounted infantry, cavalry, and artillery force laid siege to the town and the fortifications on Hereford Hill.
Before dawn on October 15, Confederate artillery opened on the town and Rebels advanced on Glasgow by various routes, forcing the Yankees to fall back. The Union forces retreated out of town and up the hill toward the fortifications on Hereford Hill. There they formed a defensive line in this area, but the Confederates continued to advance. Convinced that he could not defend against another Confederate attack, Col. Chester Harding surrendered around 1:30 pm. Although Harding destroyed some Federal stores, Price’s men found rifle-muskets, overcoats, and horses. The Confederates remained in town for three days before rejoining the main column with new supplies and weapons and marching on towards Kansas City. The victory and capture of supplies and weapons were a boost to Price’s army’s morale.
Principal Commanders: Col. Chester Harding [US]; Brig. Gen. John B. Clark and Brig. Gen. Joe Shelby [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 450 total (US 400; CS 50)
Result: Confederate victory