Lexington in Lafayette County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Battle of Lexington
September 18, 19, 20, 1861
— The Anderson House —
Anderson and his family lived in the house for only six years before he fell into serious financial difficulty. An Oct. 1859 public auction of his properties was held to satisfy his creditors. Thomas Akers, another son-in-law, bought the house and grounds at the auction for $7,565. He later abandoned it in the breaking storm of the Civil War.
Anderson remained in Lexington until 1862 when he was arrested by the occupying Federal troops for his Southern sympathies. He was sent to the Gratiot Prison in St. Louis and eventually paroled. He could not return to Missouri or enter any Southern state through the duration of the War.
Prior to the battle, Union officers designated the Anderson House as a field hospital for wounded and sick soldiers. The neutrality of such a hospital, marked by a yellow flag, would normally have been respected by both sides. However, as a result of its strategic importance and the general confusion, it was attacked repeatedly by both sides.
The depression, to the west, is where Southern Gen. Thomas Harris 2nd Division charged the Anderson House. The house was occupied at approximately 1:00 pm on Sept. 18th. Later that day Union commander Col. James Mulligan ordered a counter assault which stormed through the back yard, (see the battle damage on the back wall of the Anderson House).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1781.
Location. 39° 11.444′ N, 93° 52.848′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Missouri, in Lafayette County. Marker is on Delaware Street 0.2 miles north of Delaware Street and John Shea Drive. Access to the Anderson House is through the Battle of Lexington Visitor's Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Delaware Street, Lexington MO 64067, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Battle of Lexington (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of LexingtonThe Battle of Lexington (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Lexington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lafayette County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Original Site of Russell, Majors and Waddell Home Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lexington (approx. 0.4 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
More about this marker. Marker is located on the south side of the Anderson House.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2011, by Tony Meyers of Liberty, Missouri. This page has been viewed 645 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 14, 2011, by Tony Meyers of Liberty, Missouri. 2. submitted on December 10, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 14, 2011, by Tony Meyers of Liberty, Missouri. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.