The Battle of Moore's Mill

July 28, 1862 in Moore's Mill, Missouri

Union Forces Commanded by
Col. Odon Guitar
Strength Killed Wounded Missing / Captured
± 733 13 55 ?
Confederate Forces Commanded by
Col. Joseph C. Porter
Strength Killed Wounded Missing / Captured
± 800 52 100+ ?
Conclusion: Union Victory

On July 28, Col. Odon Guitar led a Union force to Moore's Mill while looking for the Confederate force commanded by Col. Joseph C. Porter. The Confederates ambushed the Federals when they entered the area. After a few hours, the Federals were getting the best of the Confederates. The fighting was taking place along the Auxvasse Creek. By mid-afternoon, the Confederates were beaten, Porter and a few of his men managed to escape to the north.

HQ 2nd Battalion, 3rd Iowa Cavalry,
Camp near Lebanon, Mo., Oct. 28,1862
To N. B. Baker, Adjutant General, State of Iowa.

...On the 27th day of July, 1862, one hundred men of the Ninth Missouri S. M. And fifty men of Company E, under command of Captain Duffield of Company E, drove the rebel Porter with his force, which had been augmented to nearly eight hundred men, from Brown's Springs in Callaway County. He retreated in the direction of Moore's Mill. On July 28th a detachment of Missouri S. M. Merrill's Horse, and of this Battalion, with a section of the Third Indiana battery, all under command of Colonel Guitar, encountered Porter in a strong position in a dense thicket near Moore's Mill in Callaway County. After a desperate fight of four hours the rebels were utterly routed with a loss of thirty killed and nearly one hundred wounded; a great many guns and horses fell into our hands. The casualties of this battalion were four men killed and twenty wounded.
Company E of this battalion had twenty-seven horses killed...

H. C. Caldwell, Major
Second Battalion, Third Iowa Cavalry.

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