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General Sterling Price's Raid through Missouri

Presented by:
Walter E. Busch

Publish Date:
November 10, 2014

Presentation Length:
1 hour 14 minutes 05 seconds (1:14:05)

Author Walter E. Busch leads a discussion exploring Confederate Gen. Sterling Price’s raid through Missouri on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 7 p.m., where he argued Price’s raid was more effective than most historians acknowledge.

The Battle of Fort Davidson, also known as the Battle of Pilot Knob, was the opening engagement of Price's Missouri Raid during the Civil War. On the morning of September 27, 1864, a force led by Price attacked the installation, just outside of Pilot Knob in Iron County. Although outnumbered by more than 10-to-1, the Union defenders held off repeated Confederate assaults and slipped away during the night.

Walter E. Busch, natural resources manager for the Fort Davidson State Historic Site and a prolific author on Price and the Battle of Pilot Knob, will lead the audience through this and other intriguing events associated with the general’s historic raid through Missouri.

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