Fight in Ray's Cornfield

Fight in Ray's Cornfield (HMNJ4)

Location: Brookline, MO 65619 Greene County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 6.424', W 93° 23.889'

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Wilson's Creek

John Ray watched the first stage of the Union defeat from the porch behind you. At 6:30 in the morning, August 10, 1861, soldiers appeared in his cornfield. The cornfield is the fenced high ground in front of you, just beyond Ray's springhouse.

From the right came Captain Joseph B. Plummer's 300-man regular army battalion. Sent by General Lyon to secure the Federal left flank, Plummer had observed the Pulaski Arkansas artillery mauling the main Union line on Bloody Hill, and was moving to silence the battery. But to the left, about 900 Louisiana infantry and Arkansas dismounted riflemen stood in their way.

The clash was short and decisive. Confederate Colonel James McIntosh inspired a daring charge through the corn that sent the United States Regulars running back to the creek. Only the Union artillery on Bloody Hill kept the Southerners from annihilating Plummer's battalion.
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 6:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 464623 N 4106823
Decimal Degrees37.10706667, -93.39815000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 6.424', W 93° 23.889'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 6' 25.44" N, 93° 23' 53.34" W
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Area Code(s)417
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5757 S Farm Rd 111, Brookline MO 65619, US
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