Battle of Marmaton River

The Marmaton River Battleground (also known as Charlot or Charlot's Farm). Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Notable Events:

  • Battle of Marmaton River (October 25, 1864)

On the same day of the devastating Battle of Mine Creek, to the northwest, Confederate Major General Sterling Price was again overtaken by Union cavalry under command of Brigadier General John McNeil at a river crossing, this time on the Marmaton River, in Vernon County, Missouri. After sizing up Price's forces, McNeil elected to refrain from a pitched battle at Marmaton River, instead favoring a skirmish. Casualties were light, but Price continued his epic retreat to the south. Three days later, on October 28, Price was again defeated at the Second Battle of Newtonia.