BATTLE AT MARMITON (MARMATON) RIVER – OCTOBER 25, 1864
(a.k.a. CHARLOT’S FARM or SHILOH CREEK)
INTERIOR DEPT. SUMMARY: Following the Battle of Mine Creek, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price continued his cartage towards Fort Scott. In late afternoon of October 25, Price’s supply train had difficulty crossing the Marmiton River ford and, like at Mine Creek, Price had to make a stand. Brig. Gen. John S. McNeil, commanding two brigades of Pleasonton’s cavalry division, attacked the Confederate troops that Price and his officers rallied, included a sizable number of unarmed men. McNeil observed the sizable Confederate force, not knowing that many of them were unarmed, and refrained from an all out assault. After about two hours of skirmishing, Price continued his retreat and McNeil could not mount an effective pursuit. Price’s army was broken by this time, and it was simply a question of how many men he could successfully evacuate to friendly territory.
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. John H. McNeil [US]; Maj. Gen. Sterling Price [CS]
Estimated Casualties: Unknown
Result: Union victory
Last battle of CSA Gen. Price’s 1864 raid into Missouri. Price’s army was broken by this time, and it was simply a question of how many men could escape to the South. CSA Cavalry Gen. Marmaduke, a future governor of Missouri, captured by Union forces.
Forces Engaged: Union: 2 Brigades vs. CSA 1 Division (See Additional Information below the map for more)
Marker Location: 38°1’24.0996”N 94°34’33.8124”W, Emery’s Truck Stop, 7490 E. 54 Hwy., Deerfield; Lawrence Cemetery, 3½ miles north of Stotesbury, Mo.
Stamp Location: Bushwhacker Museum, when staff available.
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