This Week in the Civil War - #926
Having invaded Missouri on September 19, 1864, Confederate General Sterling Price with less than 20,000 men moved against St. Louis where he hoped to seize supplies; approximately 4,000 of his men were essentially unarmed. On the 27th at Pilot Knob, Missouri 1,200 Federal troops under the command of General Thomas Ewing, Jr. held off a full charge by Price’s troops. Price then turned his own army toward Jefferson City, hoping to seize the state capital and hold it long enough to bring a pro-Southern government to power. After receiving word that Jefferson City had been reinforced, Price then turned toward Kansas City, not knowing Federal troops were organizing to trap him before he could make it to Kansas City. The Confederacy’s last military action in Missouri was soon to end.