The Civil War in Missouri

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Report of Dr. Seymour D. Carpenter on Dead and Wounded at the Battle of Pilot Knob


The Battle of Pilot Knob, also known as the Battle of Fort Davidson, was the first major battle of Confederate General Sterling Price’s raid into Missouri. On September 27, 1864, a much smaller Union force led by Brigadier General Thomas Ewing Jr. held Price’s Army of Missouri at bay and made an escape to Rolla. The battle delayed Price’s army long enough for St. Louis to solidify defenses and foil Price’s plan to attack the city. This report, handwritten by army surgeon Seymour D. Carpenter, details those killed and wounded at this pivotal battle of the final Confederate invasion of Missouri.