Charge at Mine Creek

It was at Mine Creek on Oct. 25, 1864, during his retreat following a defeat at Westport, Mo., that Confederate commander Sterling Price came a cropper while attempting to ford the stream. Two brigades of Union cavalry under Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, 2800 strong, charged Price's 6500 Confederates protecting the ford in a mile-long defensive line.

Pleasonton shattered the Confederate line, driving Price to the far side of the creek and forcing him to destroy his own wagon train.

The debacle resulted in 300 Confederates killed, 300 wounded and 600 captured, and the loss of eight artillery pieces. Price limped to Texas with the remnant of his force, and "he wasn't heard from for the rest of the war.
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