The Battle of Lone Jack

August 15-16, 1862 in Lone Jack, Missouri

Union Forces Commanded by
Maj. Emory S. Foster
Strength Killed Wounded Missing / Captured
800 60 100 ?
Confederate Forces Commanded by
Col. Jeremiah Vard Cockrell, Col. G.W. Thompson, and Col. Upton Hays
Strength Killed & Wounded Missing / Captured
1,500 ,50 ?
Conclusion: Confederate Victory

Maj. Emory S. Foster, under orders, led an 800-man combined force from Lexington to Lone Jack. Upon reaching the Lone Jack area, he discovered 1,600 Confederates under Col. J.T. Coffee and prepared to attack them. About 9:00 P.M. on the 15th, he and his men attacked the Confederate camp and dispersed the force.

Early the next morning, Union pickets informed Foster that a 3,000-man Confederate force was advancing on him. Soon afterwards, this force attacked and a battle ensued that involved charges, retreats, and counterattacks. After five hours of fighting and the loss of Foster, Coffee and his 1,500 men reappeared, causing Foster's successor, Capt. M.H. Brawner to order a retreat. The men left the field in good order and returned to Lexington.

This was a Confederate victory, but the Rebels had to evacuate the area soon afterward, when threatened by the approach of large Union forces. Except for a short period of time during Price's Raid, in 1864, the Confederacy lost its clout in Jackson County.

The Battle of Lone Jack was the bloodiest battle fought on Missouri soil during the entire Civil War.

Lone Jack Battlefield Museum and Soldier's Cemetery

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