- Jul 29, 2013
The Battle of Mine Creek was fought on October 25, 1864 in Pleasanton, Kansas. This American Civil War battle was part of Confederate Major General Sterling Price's Missouri Expedition. Price began an expedition in September of 1864 to restore Confederate control of Missouri. After being defeated at the Battle of Westport, Missouri on October 23, Price's army began to retreat south through the state of Kansas. Early on October 25, Price's army was defeated at the Battle of Marais des Cygnes. After Marais des Cygnes, the Confederates fell back, but were stalled at the crossing of Mine Creek while a wagon train attempted to cross. This battle was one of the largest cavalry engagements of the war. The Mine Creek Battlefield is a well preserved venue with a visitor center, interpretive markers and 3 trails (Prairie, Creek and Nature).