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
Erected 2001 by Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 2003.
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. Monument is at the former Vernon County Jail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nevada MO 64772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nevada.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Battle of Dry Wood Creek. (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Battle of Dry Wood Creek. (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Missouri State Guard. (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,660 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on November 8, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 4, 5. submitted on September 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.