Saturday, February 14, 2015
Winter Visit to the Battle of Mine Creek SHS
The quick history of the Battle of Mine Creek is on October 25, 1864, just under 3000 Union troops attacked and defeated a Confederate force of about 8000. It was part of Confederate General Sterling Price's Missouri Campaign to rekindle the Confederacy in Missouri. The campaign was a failure, and the Battle of Mine Creek was the last major defeat that ended the campaign. The weather was rainy, bogging down the Confederate's retreat, as they had numerous supply wagons. The Union troops came upon them, then hastily charged. More advanced weapons (revolvers and breech-loading carbines) gave the Union forces an advantage, as they carried the day. Three points of distinction about the Battle of Mine Creek are that it was the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War, it's the largest Civil War battle fought in Kansas, and it's one of the very few instances in battle where a private, the lowest rank in the army, has captured a general, one of the highest ranks. Private James Dunlavy received the Medal of Honor, the highest honor of the US Military, for doing so.
I was disappointed that the site is closed in the winter. But, from the little bit of walking around and reading the signs that I did, it seems very worthwhile to visit when it's open.
Nearest City: Pleasanton, KS
Location: 20485 K 52, Pleasanton, KS
Time Needed: 20 min (winter visit)
Kid Friendly: no- too boring
Additional Info: Battle of Mine Creek SHS Website