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Mine Creek Union order of battle

The following Union Army units and commanders fought in the Battle of Mine Creek of the American Civil War. The Confederate order of battle is listed separately.

Command disputes

By order of MG James G. Blunt (General Field Orders No. 2) the militia regiments of William H. M. Fishbeck, Brigadier General of Militia, were placed under the command of Charles W. Blair, Colonel of Volunteers; Fishbeck was infuriated that his command had been subordinated to a volunteer officer. Because Kansas law stated that militia should be kept under the command of militia officers, Fishbeck disregarded Blunt's order. Blunt had Fishbeck arrested and held until released by order of MG Samuel Curtis. Upon his release, Fishbeck resumed command of the Kansas Militia regiments, with orders to obey directives that came from MG Blunt. This rather cumbersome arrangement had BG Fishbeck in direct command of the militia units attached to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, and Col Charles Blair in overall command of the brigade. Howard N. Monnett describes the arrangement as a "brigade within a brigade". Blair and Fishbeck led the militia into action at Westport (accompanied onto the field by MG George W. Dietzler), and then in the subsequent pursuit of Price until MG Curtis ordered the militia to return home.[1]

Abbreviations used

Military rank

Army of the Border

MG Samuel Ryan Curtis
Escort:

Division Brigade Regiments and Others

First Provisional Cavalry Division
     MG James G. Blunt
Escort:
Company E, 14th Kansas Cavalry: 2Lt William B. Clark

1st Brigade


   Col Charles R. Jennison

2nd Brigade


   Col Thomas Moonlight

3rd Brigade [Kansas State Militia Division]


   Col Charles W. Blair
   BG William H. M. Fishbeck

4th Brigade


   Col James Hobart Ford

Division Brigade Regiments and Others

Second Division
     MG Alfred Pleasonton
Escort:
Company A, 11th Kansas Cavalry: Cpt Henry E. Palmer

1st Brigade


   Col John Finis Philips

  • 1st Missouri State Militia: Ltc Bazel F. Lazear
  • 4th Missouri State Militia: Maj George W. Kelly
  • 7th Missouri State Militia: Ltc Thomas Theodore Crittenden
2nd Brigade


   BG John McNeil

  • 17th Illinois Cavalry: Col John Lourie Beveridge
  • 7th Kansas Cavalry: Maj Francis M. Malone
  • 2nd Missouri Cavalry: Cpt George M. Houston
  • 13th Missouri Cavalry: Col Edwin C. Catherwood
  • 3rd Missouri State Militia: Ltc Henry M. Matthews
  • 5th Missouri State Militia Cavalry: Ltc Joseph A. Eppstein
  • 9th Missouri State Militia: Ltc Daniel M. Draper
  • Battery B, 2nd Missouri Light Artillery
  • Mountain howitzer battery (4 12-pdr)
3rd Brigade


   BG John Benjamin Sanborn

  • 2nd Arkansas Cavalry: Col John Elisha Phelps
  • 6th Missouri State Militia: Maj William Plumb
  • 8th Missouri State Militia: Col Joseph J. Gravely
  • 6th Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia: Col John F. McMahan
  • 7th Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia: Maj W. B. Mitchell
  • Battery H, 2nd Missouri Light Artillery: Cpt William C. F. Montgomery
  • Battery L, 2nd Missouri Light Artillery: Cpt Charles H. Thurber
4th Brigade


   Ltc Frederick William Benteen

Notes

References

  • Buresh, Lumir F. October 25 and the Battle of Mine Creek (Kansas City, MO: The Lowell Press), 1977. ISBN 0-913504-40-8
  • Monnett, Howard N. Action Before Westport: 1864 (Niwot, CO: University Press of Colorado), 1995. [revised edition]
American Civil War portal

External links

  • Artist Rendition of Battle
  • Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site
  • Sanborn, General John B.; The Campaign in Missouri in September and October 1864
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