Kirksville in Adair County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Battle of Kirksville
August 6, 1862
Confederate Lieutenant Colonel Joseph C. Porter of Lewis County had been recruiting and harrying in Northeast Missouri throughout the summer of 1862. Adair County farmer Captain Mathias (Tice) Cain (Confederate), in command of irregulars from Schuyler County, sent word to Porter that he held Kirksville, then a village of 700 extending only a few blocks from the courthouse square. Their combined force was about 2000. Only about 500 were well equipped and took part in the battle: fully 1000 were unarmed, raw recruits. Porter arrived before noon on August 6. Colonel John McNeil (Union), Command of the Northeast Division of the District of Missouri, had been following Porter since July 29. McNeil's forces were based in what is now Memorial Park. After unnerving the enemy with an artillery barrage, the Federals arrived on the edge of Kirksville about 10 a.m. The focal point of the battle was the courthouse square. McNeil sent in a squad who drew fire from the rebels concealed in the courthouse and the houses and shops around the square. The Confederates being discovered, the battle was joined, with Lieutenant Colonel Shaffer
Erected 2006 by Adair County Historical Society, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is August 6, 1862.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 West Washington Street, Kirksville MO 63501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Days of Adair County, Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cyclone (within shouting distance of this marker); Adair County, Missouri Courthouses (within shouting distance of this marker); La Plata Square Historic District (approx. 12.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2020, by Michael E Sanchez, Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 165 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2020, by Michael E Sanchez, Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.