Battle of Marshall

Tuesday, October 13, 1863

The Saline County Courthouse in Marshall, Missouri. Courtesy of the State Historical Society of Missouri - Columbia.

Seeking to stop Colonel Joseph Orville Shelby's cavalry raiders, Union General Egbert B. Brown leads a force of 1,800 soldiers to Marshall, Missouri in the north-central part of the state. Accounts of the battle vary widely, but it is clear that it brings Shelby's Great Raid to a halt. Brown's forces defeat Shelby with few casualties on either side, and Shelby retreats back to Arkansas.


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