The Lathrop family lived in a cabin south of the creek. They were home during the battle.
"In front of a log cabin stood an old woman, with several children clinging to her skirts, fearless of the leaden shower which ceaselessly pattered . . . — — Map (db m78619) HM
Nearby homes were converted into makeshift hospitals where wounded were treated before being sent to larger hospitals in Mound City, Fort Scott, and Fort Leavenworth. Union soldiers killed in battle were buried in cemeteries within these same . . . — — Map (db m67435) HM
In October, 1864, a Confederate army under Gen. Stirling Price was defeated near Kansas City. He retreated south, crossed into Kansas, and camped at Trading Post. Early on the morning of October 25 Union troops under Generals Pleasonton, Blunt and . . . — — Map (db m6937) HM
Upon this rolling prairie and across Mine Creek occurred the largest Civil War battle in Kansas. It also was one of the largest cavalry battles of the Civil War. Nearly 8,000 Confederate soldiers clashed with 2,500 Union troops. The battle lasted . . . — — Map (db m20261) HM
Of the approximately 600 Confederate casualties in this battle, many of those killed in action were buried in unmarked graves on this battlefield.
Most of the dead were from Marmaduke's Missouri Cavalry Division and Fagan's Arkansas Cavalry . . . — — Map (db m20264) HM
The battle at Mine Creek was one of the largest cavalry battles of the Civil War. Thousands of men and horses took part in the engagement.
Cavalry regiments played an important role. In the beginning they supported the infantry and . . . — — Map (db m78168) HM
Throughout the war a variety of horses were used by both sides. Morgans, American Saddlebreds, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and Quarter Horses are only a few. The ideal horse was a mare or a gelding, aged four or five years, with a height of 56 . . . — — Map (db m78166) HM
At the creek at 11 a.m. on October 25, 1864, the four-to-five feet high banks were slippery and crumbling from a recent rain. The rushing water was deep, and the crossing was difficult. Hundreds of wagon wheels and horses had churned the mud . . . — — Map (db m78620) HM
Near Kansas City, Union troops clashed with Price's army in a series of battles:
October 19 in Lexington
October 21 at the Little Blue River
October 22 at the Big Blue River
October 23 in Westport
The Battle of Westport was a . . . — — Map (db m67400) HM
When Major General Sterling Price commenced his invasion of Missouri he had several objectives. By the time he reached Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) in November, not a single objective had been met. He failed to take St. Louis and . . . — — Map (db m78160) HM
Although the Confederates greatly outnumbered the Union troops at Mine Creek, the Union army clearly had an advantage with its weapons. The Confederates were armed with long muzzle-loading infantry rifles, which were difficult to reload on . . . — — Map (db m67409) HM
Dedicated to the memory of those who served to preserve the Union during the Civil War, 1861-1865
This bridge was donated and installed to provide access to the main ford of Mine Creek
April 2005 — — Map (db m78188) WM
This present day photo of Mine Creek Battlefield with overlays highlights the positions of Union and Confederate troops at 11 a.m. on October 25, 1864. Note where you are positioned in relationship to the events of that day.
The woods and . . . — — Map (db m67380) HM
When the armies moved south, hundreds of dead and wounded men were left behind on the battlefield. As soon as the shooting stopped civilians from nearby homes offered assistance.
Men "had fallen all about the house and crawled away to fence . . . — — Map (db m78162) HM
One of the largest cavalry battles of the Civil War was fought in the fields around Mine Creek.
In August 1864 Confederate Major General Sterling Price received orders to invade Missouri. He was to bring Missouri into the confederacy and . . . — — Map (db m67398) HM
With two brigades of 2,500 Union cavalrymen bearing down upon them, the Confederate rear guard formed a skirmish line. This maneuver delayed Union troops long enough for the Confederates to establish a main line of defense 800 yards south. The . . . — — Map (db m67408) HM
The Fort Scott Road ran in a north/south direction just east of the fence line. As it approached Mine Creek it veered to the southwest. This road paralled [sic] the route of present-day U.S. 69 Highway. Because this was a "running" engagement, the . . . — — Map (db m50161) HM
Captain Richard Hinton was with the Union soldiers as they approached from the north. As the "timber of Mine Creek" came into view, Hinton wrote,
the enemy were discovered in great force formed in line of battle upon the north side of the . . . — — Map (db m50170) HM
When the Union charge commenced the 10th Missouri Cavalry, USA, started forward with a yell and bugles blaring, but half-way down the slope the men hesitated and stopped when the Confederates showed no sign of breaking.
Union Lieutenant . . . — — Map (db m67445) HM