Category Archives: Sterling Price

September 28, 1864: Ewing successfully evacuates Fort Davidson

The New York Times reports on the battle of Fort Davidson. Ewing’s “defeat” is both a tactical victory in terms of the relative casualty numbers, and a strategic victory, in that Price’s assault on St. Louis will never develop. St. … Continue reading

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September 27, 1864: Battle of Fort Davidson

General Price led a rebel attack on Pilot Knob, on his way to attack St. Louis. The Union garrison under the command of Brigadier General Thomas Ewing, though outnumbered 10 to 1 and mostly inexperienced, held off poorly conceived attacks … Continue reading

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October 15, 1862: Rebels on the run from Kentucky

Reports continue to come in about the departure of Bragg’s troops from Kentucky. The defeats at Corinth, MS and Perryville, KY leave the Confederates in a precarious position throughout the southwest. Persistent rumors about the deaths of Bragg and Cheatham … Continue reading

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October 13, 1862: Rosecrans routs Price at Corinth

New York Times reports Rosecrans’ victory at Corinth. THE LATE VICTORY OF ROSECRANS. — Our late victory near Corinth, Mississippi, under Gen. ROSECRANS, appears to have been the most decisive, although not the greatest battle of the war. The enemy, … Continue reading

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August 1, 1862: Rebels crossing at Chattanooga for real this time

Alexander McCook There had been some false alarms about an impending invasion of Kentucky and Tennessee by the rebels under Van Dorn and Price. Last time, it was McCook who quashed the rumors. This time it’s McCook reporting the rebels … Continue reading

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December 26, 1861: Halleck reports on Pope and Price in Missouri

Halleck General Halleck, in command of the Western theater, reported to McClellan about the recent victory of Union troops in Missouri, and the current state of affairs. As he points out, the people in the interior of Missouri were largely … Continue reading

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December 10, 1861: Price calls for troops in Missouri

Sterling Price Despite setbacks, Price continued to operate in western Missouri. In early December, he issued a call for 50,000 Missouri volunteers to help him, printed in his camp newspaper. The Memphis Daily Appeal reproduced Price’s proclamation on Dec. 10, … Continue reading

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November 25, 1861: Price advances in Missouri

As soon as the victorious Union troops withdrew from western Missouri, the Confederates under Price moved forward again. This would set the pattern for the rest of the war, as shifting battle lines would sweep back and forth across the … Continue reading

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November 3, 1861: Price isn’t going to make a stand in Missouri

Sterling Price The fortunes of the Confederates in Missouri had taken a decided turn for the worse. Pressed across the Osage by Siegel’s army, he was unable to hold on even to the far southwest corner of the state. He … Continue reading

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September 28, 1861: Preparing to defend Jefferson City

Benjamin McCulloch After the surrender of Lexington, the Union forces in Missouri were keenly aware of the vulnerability of the state Capitol at Jefferson City. They had to prepare to repel the Confederate forces under Price and McCulloch. From the … Continue reading

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