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Carthage in Jasper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Battle of Carthage

July 5, 1861

 
 
The Battle of Carthage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 22, 2003
1. The Battle of Carthage Marker
Inscription. In early July, 1861 units of the Missouri State Guard under the command of Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson were en route to extreme southwest Missouri to there organize and train to resist Federal dominance of the state. On July 5 the Guard found its way south blocked by a Federal force commanded by Colonel Franz Sigel. At about 9:00 A.M. the two armies came together north of Dry Fork Creek and thus began the first major land battle of the War between the States. In a series of running engagements extending over a period of twelve hours, the Guard steadily attacked and pushed Sigel's force toward and finally through Carthage, causing the Federals to retreat to Sarcoxie. The victory of the Missouri State Guard at Carthage not only cleared the way south, it also enhanced the Guard's morale and set the stage for still other battles in the fight for Missouri.
 
Location. 37° 10.605′ N, 94° 18.596′ W. Marker is in Carthage, Missouri, in Jasper County. Marker is on South Grant Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on the northeast corner of Courthouse Square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 South Main Street, Carthage MO 64836, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Carthage
Jasper County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 22, 2003
2. Jasper County Courthouse
(within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Pollard Wood (within shouting distance of this marker); Osage War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War Memorial (approx. mile away); Eliel Lanyon (E.L.) Dale (approx. mile away); Vietnam Memorial For Casualties From Missouri (approx. 0.3 miles away); Last Skirmish of the Battle of Carthage (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rendezous At Carthage (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Carthage.
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Civil
 
Jasper County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 22, 2003
3. Jasper County Courthouse
Jasper County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 22, 2003
4. Jasper County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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