October 25, 1864: “The morale of the army runined” and Price soundly defeated

After the defeat at Westport on October 23, 1864, Major-General Sterling Price was able to extract his Army of Missouri and begin a retreat southward.  The Federals pursued, of course.  Unlike some campaigns of the Civil War, the pursuit was aggressive and actually landed some blows on the retreating enemy.  Three in fact came inContinue reading “October 25, 1864: “The morale of the army runined” and Price soundly defeated”

A Wyeth painting and a battle: Westport

Today (October 23) is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Westport.  I’ve offered some “buildup” to this in previous posts about Major-General Sterling Price’s 1864 campaign.  There’s a lot to cover in regard to this battle.  With 30,000 men engaged, this was among the war’s largest actions.  And yet, Westport is often simply dismissedContinue reading “A Wyeth painting and a battle: Westport”

“If Price takes Jefferson City he will have to fight for it”: Price threatens Missouri state capital

After making his move towards St. Louis on October 1, 1864, Major-General Sterling Price looked westward to continue his campaign.  The Confederate Army of Missouri marched through the counties along the southern side of the Missouri River in the direction of the state capital at Jefferson City. Along this route were several important tributaries whichContinue reading ““If Price takes Jefferson City he will have to fight for it”: Price threatens Missouri state capital”