Nevada in Vernon County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Battle of Drywood
September 2, 1861
—The Missouri State Guard —
After their victory at Wilson's Creek, on Aug. 10, 1861, Gen. Sterling Price's 12,000 Missouri State Guards marched north and camped near Nevada on the evening of Aug. 31. Next day 800 men felt out the 1800 Federals at Ft. Scott, Kan., led by Jayhawkers James Lane and James Montgomery. Fearing invasion, Lane prepared to retreat, ordering Montgomery to hold Ft. Scott as long as possible and then burn it. On Sept. 2 Montgomery crossed into Missouri to feel out Price. The two forces skirmished over Big Drywood Creek around Hogan's Ford, two miles south of Deerfield. Price brought up his whole army, and after a daylong artillery duel the Kansans retreated. Casualties on both sides were light. The Missourians camped on the field and then resumed their march north to their victory at Lexington on Sept. 18-20.
This monument is respectfully dedicated to the men of the Missouri State Guard, the legally established militia of the state, who first took up arms in 1861, and, marching and fighting under the blue battle flag of their beloved Missouri, did their whole duty as God gave them light to see that duty, and sacrificed everything but honor, in the defense of their states sovereignty and the cause of constitutional rights.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
Location. 37° 50.412′ N, 94° 21.48′ W. Marker is in Nevada, Missouri, in Vernon County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Hunter Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Monument is at the former Vernon County Jail. Marker is in this post office area: Nevada MO 64772, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bushwhacker Museum (here, next to this marker); Vernon County's Southern Heritage (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vernon County War Memorial (about 600 feet away); The Burning of Nevada (about 600 feet away); William Joel Stone (about 600 feet away); Nevada - Vernon County Centennial (about 600 feet away); Vernon County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Vernon County Valor (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Nevada.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Dry Wood Creek. (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Battle of Dry Wood Creek. (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Missouri State Guard. (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. Flags of the Missouri State Guard. (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,165 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.