In Missouri, the Union pursuit of Sterling Price’s retreating Confederates was coming to an end. Two Union brigades under Alfred Pleasonton gave up their pursuit, but on Friday, October 28, 1864 Union forces under Samuel Curtis attacked Price’s command. However, on the following day with victory in sight, Curtis received orders, instructing him to return all Union troops of the Department of Missouri to their stations. An exasperated Curtis tried to reason with the Union War Department and reassemble the disjointed Union command to continue attacking Price, but except for a skirmish near Upshaw’s Farm, Missouri on the 29th further pursuit was impossible. Essentially, intraservice wrangling denied the Union the opportunity to destroy Price’s command. The last, substantial Confederate campaign west of the Mississippi River ended ignominiously, devoid of Confederate success.