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Lexington in Lafayette County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Battle of Lexington
September 18, 19, 20, 1861
 
The Battle of Lexington Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tony Meyers, August 10, 2011
1. The Battle of Lexington Marker
 
Inscription. Following victories in southwestern Missouri, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price and 10,000 men of the Missouri State Guard marched north with the objective of breaking the Federal line along the Missouri river. On Sept. 12, 1861 the Guard engaged and drove a Federal force near Warrensburg into the fortifications at Lexington. The 3,600 man garrison led by Col. James A. Mulligan was invested that day by the Guard and the siege of Lexington commenced. Price was joined by 8,000 volunteers from northwestern Missouri, and on the 18th stormed the outer defenses and severed the fortís access to water. On the 19th the Guard deployed hemp bales as a breastwork and on the 20th rolled the bales towards the Federal line. Faced with no means of resistance, Mulligan surrendered his command, arms and equipment. The Guard recaptured the state seal and archives, and returned to the local bank over $900,000 taken by the Federal troops. This was the most complete victory for the South in 1861.
 
Location. 39° 11.414′ N, 93° 52.824′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Missouri, in Lafayette County. Marker can be reached from Delaware Street 0.1 miles north of Delaware Street and John Shea Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Delaware Street, Lexington MO 64067, United States of America.
 
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The Battle of Lexington Visitor's Center Photo, Click for full size
By Tony Meyers, August 10, 2011
2. The Battle of Lexington Visitor's Center
 
At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Battle of Lexington (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Lexington (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Lexington (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Lexington (about 700 feet away); Lion of Lucerne (approx. 10.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is located at the entrance to the Battle of Lexington Visitor's Center.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2011, by Tony Meyers of Liberty, Missouri. This page has been viewed 262 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2011, by Tony Meyers of Liberty, Missouri. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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