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Mine Creek Battlefield Ghost

About six miles south of Trading Post, where the Marais de Cygnes engagement had occurred, the brigades of Col. Frederick W. Benteen and Col. John F. Phillips, of Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton’s Provisional Cavalry Division, overtook the Confederates as they were crossing Mine Creek. These Rebels, stalled by their wagons crossing the ford, had formed a line on the north side of Mine Creek. The Federals, although outnumbered, commenced the attack as additional troops from Pleasonton’s command arrived during the fight. They soon surrounded the Rebels, resulting in the capture of about 600 men and two generals, Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke and Brig. Gen. William L. Cabell. Having lost this many men, Price’s army was doomed. Retreat to friendly territory was the only recourse.

One of the largest cavalry engagements of the Civil War was fought in Kansas on October 25, 1864 near present day Pleasanton when 2,500 Union soldiers defeated nearly 3 times that number of Confederates. THE BATTLE OF MINE CREEK Charge at Mine Creek by Andy Thomas www.andythomas.com/Civil_War_Prints.html
Original: Mine Creek Battlefield Visitor's Center; Pleasanton, Kansas

The Union charge began at approximately 11:00am on a bright, sunny, October morning. The center of the Confederate battle line was occupied by a four-gun battery on the Ft. Scott Road with Marmaduke’s division deployed to the right and Fagan’s division to the left. Linn County, Kansas. Principal Commanders: Gen. Alfred Pleasonton [US]; Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke and Maj. Gen. James F. Fagan [CS]

The painting depicts the Union attack at the center of the Confederate battle line. Elements of the 4th Iowa and 10th Missouri Cavalry strike the center of the line and turn the right flank of Marmaduke’s division. Most of the Confederates are armed with single shot infantry muskets and shotguns, which quickly become clubs, as they cannot be reloaded on horseback. Many of the weapons are discarded as the troopers become dismounted and attempt to cross the creek safely.

The Union combat veterans are better armed and equipped. The 4th Iowa and 2nd New Jersey are armed with sabers; revolvers and seven- shot Spencer repeating carbines. The remainder of the Union troops is armed with a variety of breech loading carbines and revolvers. Philips brigade consisted of the partisan guerrilla warfare that raged throughout Missouri and eastern Kansas during the entire Civil War. To compound the confusion of the battle, many of the Confederates were wearing parts of captured Union uniforms. Several Confederate artillerymen attempted to save their guns by pulling them back towards Mine Creek because they could not retrieve their horses to limber the guns and move them to the rear. There, on the north side of Mine Creek with the support of 500 dismounted comrades they were able to stem the Union attack for about 20 minutes before they were captured or killed.

 

In October 1864 federal forces attacked the retreating Confederate Army along the banks of Mine Creek. One of the largest cavalry engagements of the Civil War, Mine Creek was the only major battle fought in Kansas. This dramatic story comes alive in the visitor center where you will see Civil War era uniforms, weapons, and photographs.

Mine Creek ghost sent us by Brandy Collins.

Completed in 1998, the Mine Creek Visitor Center helps preserve for history this often overlooked battle which is actually one of the largest cavalry engagements of the Civil War as well as a battle remembered for it's intense hand to hand combat. The battle claimed 400-500 dead that day, mostly Confederates, and quickly brought about the end of the war on the western front

The Battle of Mine Creek
(also known as Battle of the Osage and Battle of the Marais des Cygnes)
October 25, 1864

In mid-September of 1864 Confederate General Sterling Price hoped to capture Missouri for the South. The Civil War had raged for nearly 31/2 years, and Price, a former Missouri governor, had been actively engaged throughout. Leading pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard troops at the Battles of Lexington, Wilson’s Creek and Pea Ridge, Price was a favorite of his troops. Affectionately known as “Old Pap”, Price had also fought at Iuka and Corinth, MS.

Recruiting troops as he swept through Missouri, Price filled his ranks with fresh volunteers and prepared for his invasion. After a few small engagements, including a victory at the Battle of the Big Blue, Price headed his troops toward Kansas City. There, on October 23, Price was defeated at the Battle of Westport and retreated south down the state line. Pursuing Price, with a force of about 10,000, was Union General Samuel R. Curtis.

Mine Creek Battlfield Ghost Photo sent to us by Debbie Martin.

After crossing into Kansas, Price and his weary troops camped near Trading Post the night of October 24th. But before dawn on the following day pursuing Federal troops under Generals Pleasonton, Blunt and Curtis overtook Price’s retreating army and began a running battle that would climax around mid-day along the steep sides of rain-swollen Mine Creek. The main ford had become a quagmire from the fleeing wagon train numbering approximately 500. Two of Price’s commanders, General John Marmaduke, and General James Fagan, with approximately 7,000 troops, were forced to make a stand on the north side of the creek and cover the fleeing army’s retreat.

Provisional cavalry division Casualties 100, The cavalry division Confederate States of America Casualties 1,200

Ghost of the Battlefield

Many say the spot where the the battle rages is very haunted. Reports of groaning and moaning and men yelling in pain sounds, the distressed noise of horses and the sounds of swords clanking, and gunshots are often heard and recoded as EVP's of the haunted battles roar.

Some have reported seeing the shadows of horses and soldiers moving through the field. And the smell of gunpowder is reported often.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Mine Creek Battlefield
Location: Two miles south on U.S. 69, one-half mile west on K-52 in Pleasanton, Kansas

Hours: March - November
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday
1 - 5 p.m. Sunday
December - February
Special events and by appointment only
Closed all state holidays

Group tours by appointment

Phone: 913-352-8890

Admission: $2.00 adults; $1.00 seniors and students (K-12, college); annual passes are available, KSHS members admitted free

Featuring a Museum Store
ADA Accessible

Email: minecreek@kshs.org

Mailing Address: 20485 Kansas Highway 52
Pleasanton KS 66075-9549

Inside the Mine Creek Battlefield visitor center you'll see Civil War-era uniforms, learn about the eyewitnesses to the battle, view vivid sketches, and see weapons from the battle.

Exhibits take you through the days leading to the battle, telling the story of Price's raid through Missouri and Kansas.

Test your knowledge of the battle with computer simulated battle sequences. Take a panoramic view of the battlefield from the visitor center window.


Battlefield
Today at Mine Creek Battlefield you can follow the path of the battle guided by signage to indicate specific areas of interest. The 1.6 mile Prairie Loop passes through the area of the battlefield north of Mine Creek. The 1.2 mile Timber Loop traverses the area south of Mine Creek.


You can learn about the types of flora and fauna associated with this region of the state. The battlefield combines elements of Kansas prairies and woodlands.

You're likely to spot pawpaw, black walnut, and hickory trees. The trail offers an excellent opportunity to witness wildlife such as white-tailed deer, mourning dove, cottontail rabbits, raccoon, opposum, coyote, bobcat, and fox squirrels.

You can help us preserve this site and provide for your safety by observing these trail policies:

Pedestrian use only
Pets on leash
Campfires and smoking prohibited
No firearms
No alcoholic beverages

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Though the battles have long ago ended and the sound of cannons and muskets is but a distant memory, there are some souls who are still waiting for the call to “Retreat” – and for them, it may never come!

Make plans to visit a Haunted Battlefield today!

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