The Fight for Ironton Historical

The Fight for Ironton Historical (HM1VDS)

Location: Ironton, MO 63650 Iron County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 37.242', W 90° 38.344'

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Sept. 26, Afternoon

1. Shortly after noon, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's advance attacks the Federal pickets encamped at the Ironton courthouse.

2. Federal reinforcements rush from Pilot Knob. They counterattack and drive the raiders three miles to Shut-In Gap.

3. Confederate columns continue arriving. The outnumbered Federals fight a delaying action but are pushed back to Arcadia by nightfall.

4. Under cover of a rainstorm, the Federals retire to Ironton. The valley below fills with Confederate campfires. Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing is now convinced that he faces Price's entire army. He has only 1,500 men, but decides to hold out because the military command in St. Louis needs more time to prepare to meet the threat.
Placed ByMissouri State Parks
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Date Added Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 708361 N 4166353
Decimal Degrees37.62070000, -90.63906667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 37.242', W 90° 38.344'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 37' 14.52" N, 90° 38' 20.64" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near MO-221, Ironton MO 63650, US
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