Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ending Confederate Recruiting

Colonel Odon Guitar
The Battle of Compton’s Ferry was fought August 11th 1862 along the Grand River in Missouri.

Confederate Colonel John A Poindexter commanding about 1300 men was trapped up against the Grand River in Missouri near the Compton Ferry by Union Colonel Odon Guitar.  The Union troops caught the Confederates as they were trying to cross the river.  Eight rounds fired from the Union artillery sent Poindexter’s men into a complete rout.  Poindexter would be captured in early September after having been wounded.

This small battle effectively put an end to the Confederate recruiting operations in northwest Missouri.

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