Saturday, August 11, 2012

The First Battle of Independence, Missouri

The First Battle of Independence, Missouri, listed on the preceding Wikipedia link designates this as a minor engagement in the War Between The States, but is that because the numbers of men involved were low, or is it because the Confederates were victorious? 

It should be more than a small footnote to history that on this day the Confederacy lost a great commander with the death of Colonel John T. Hughes.  Hughes was on a recruitment mission into the Northwestern portion of Missouri to secure more troops for the Confederacy.  Hughes intended on securing Independence, Missouri, before moving across the river and continuing his recruiting mission.  

After the battle the Confederates retreet towards Lone Jack, which become the next big engagement.