The Battle of Bird’s Point was fought August 19th 1861 in Missouri.
The Battle of Bird’s Point or the First Battle of Charleston was fought August 19th 1861 in Charleston, Missouri. Union Colonel Henry Dougherty led a force into the area to clean out a Confederate camp. There had been several skirmishes fought in the area leading up the Battle between local secessionists and pro-Union forces. The fight resulted in 40 Confederate and 1 Union dead.