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Missouri 2nd Light Artillery (Union)

9/1/61

Organized - Missouri 2nd Light Artillery - Missouri

3/6/62

Battle - Pea Ridge - Leetown, Arkansas

Pea Ridge
Pea Ridge

By the spring of 1862, Union forces had pushed Confederates south and west through Missouri into northwestern Arkansas. On the night of March 6, 1862, Confederate Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn and his 16,000-man Army of the West set out to counterattack the Union position near Pea Ridge. Hoping to move quickly, in a fateful decision, Van Dorn ordered the supply trains far to the rear. Learning of Van Dorn's approach, some 10,000 Federals in Brig. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis's Army of the Southwest marched to meet the…READ MORE

1/9/63

Leadership Change - Brigade - Brigadier General Charles E. Hovey

Brigadier GeneralCharles E. Hovey

1/9/63

Leadership Change - Division - Brigadier General Frederick Steele, and undefined Escort: Dodson's Kane County Cavalry: Cpt William C. Wilder

1/9/63

Leadership Change - Brigade - Brigadier General Charles E. Hovey

Brigadier GeneralCharles E. Hovey

1/9/63

Battle - Arkansas Post - Arkansas Post, Arkansas

Arkansas Post
Arkansas Post

The Battle of Arkansas Post, also known as the Battle of Fort Hindman, was a combined land-river assault by Union forces on the Confederate Fort Hindman, which loomed over a bend in the Arkansas River near the town of Arkansas Post. As the Union advance down the Mississippi River passed the mouth of the Arkansas, the presence of Fort Hindman outflanked the Federal forward positions.READ MORE

5/18/63

Battle - Vicksburg - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg
Vicksburg

In mid-May, 1863, after six months of unsuccessful attempts, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Tennessee finally converged on Vicksburg, defended by a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton. Capture of the Mississippi River town was critical to Union control of the strategic river. Vicksburg was located on a high river bluff defended with artillery, and Pemberton's men had constructed a series of fortifications in an 8-mile arc surrounding the city on the landward side. After crossing the…READ MORE

5/27/64

Battle - Dallas - Paulding County, Georgia

Dallas
Dallas

During early and mid-May 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman successfully outmaneuvered the army of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in multiple battles in northwest Georgia. Each time, Johnston fell back to a new defensive position closer to the strategic Confederate city of Atlanta. Stopped at New Hope Church on Johnston's left on May 26th, Sherman attacked Johnston's right at Pickett's Mill on May 27th. The next day, Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee's corps probed the Union defensive line, held by Maj. Gen. John A. Log…READ MORE

7/22/64

Leadership Change - Brigade - Major Clemens Landgrauber

7/22/64

Leadership Change - Division - Brigadier General Charles R. Woods

Brigadier GeneralCharles R. Woods

7/22/64

Battle - Atlanta - Fulton County, Georgia; DeKalb County, Georgia

Atlanta
Atlanta

Despite the defeat at Peach Tree Creek, Confederate Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood still had hopes of driving Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Yankees from the outskirts of Atlanta with an offensive blow. On the night of July 21, 1864, Hood ordered Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee's corps to make 15-mile night march and assault the Union left flank east of the city, held by Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson's Army of the Tennessee. Joining the attack with Hardee would be the corps of Maj. Gen. Benjamin Cheatham. Hood attac…READ MORE

8/31/64

Battle - Jonesborough - Clayton County, Georgia

Jonesborough
Jonesborough

By late August 1865, the city of Atlanta was not yet subdued by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's armies. A few supply lines remained open to the city supporting the army of Lieut. Gen. John B. Hood encircled there. Union cavalry raids inflicted only superficial damage, quickly repaired by the Confederates. Sherman determined that if he could destroy the Macon & Western and Atlanta & West Point Railroads to the south the Rebel army would be forced to evacuate the city. On August 25, Union infantry beg…READ MORE

10/23/64

Leadership Change - Brigade - Colonel Nelson D. Cole

10/23/64

Leadership Change - Division - Major General Alfred Pleasonton

Major GeneralAlfred Pleasonton

10/23/64

Battle - Westport - Westport, Missouri

Westport
Westport

The Battle of Westport, fought October 21-23, was the largest battle west of the Mississippi River and the decisive battle of Confederate Gen. Stirling Price's 1864 Missouri campaign. Directions guide the visitor to the first of twenty-five narrative markers on a 32-mile, self-guided automobile tour and a self-guided walking tour of Byram's Ford and the Big Blue Battlefield. Each marker provides directions to the next stop on the tour. A written brochure is available from the Battle of Westport Visitor Cen…READ MORE

12/15/64

Leadership Change - Brigade - Colonel Sylvester G. Hill, and Colonel William R. Marshall

12/15/64

Leadership Change - Division - Brigadier General John McArthur

Brigadier GeneralJohn McArthur

12/15/64

Leadership Change - Brigade - Colonel Sylvester G. Hill

12/15/64

Battle - Nashville - Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville
Nashville

Despite a series of defeats in the closing days of November, 1864, Confederate Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood continued to drag his bloodied Army of Tennessee, approximately 30,000 strong, north towards Nashville. The city was protected by 55,000 Union soldiers, which should have precluded further offensive operations, but Hood was determined and his situation was dire. Hood reached Nashville on December 2nd and staked out a position south of the city, hoping to draw the Union forces into a costly attack. Ulys…READ MORE

12/20/65

Mustered Out - Missouri 2nd Light Artillery - Missouri

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