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Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: On October 25, 1864, on the banks of Mine Creek, two Union brigades of approximately 2,500 troops defeated approximately 7,000 Confederates from General Sterling Price's Army of Missouri. Federal Colonels Frederick W. Benteen and John H. Philips led the attack in one of the largest cavalry battles of the Civil War and a major battle fought in Kansas. Their dramatic story comes alive at Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield.
Reviewed March 30, 2013

This is a nice place to visit to view the history of the largest Civil War battle held in Kansas. This was a surprise as it was only a mile away from the vendor that I was visiting. If you are interested in history, this is a good out of the way place to visit.

1  Thank lemonaid73
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a great historic site. This was one of very few cavalry only Civil War battles. The museum is on the small side, but very nice. The young gentleman on duty the morning I stopped was very pleasant and informative. There is a walking path through the actual battle area. When you stop in, you will find out more about the role the state played in the war. You will discover how this battle came about and its importance. You will learn of the skirmishes before and where they took place. It is easy to get to, just south of Pleasanton and then pretend you're going to Mound City. While in the area, stop in Pleasanton to see the bust of a General named Pleasanton.

Thank Steve K
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

I visited the Mine Creek Battlefield after visiting Fort Scott National Historic Site. It didn't take long to reach going up US 69, which is an excellent four lane highway with not very much traffic. Both historic sites and be seen on the same day. Mine Creek is at the exit for Mound City, KS, the county seat of Linn County. The battlefield is just to the west of US 69. The state of Kansas has built a new visitor center at the battlefield which tells what happened here in the Fall of 1864. General Sterling Price, who was from Missouri, and had formed an army of Missouri Home Guards in 1861 to fight the Union Army, became a leading general in the Confederate Army, and had been forced to retreat to Arkansas when the Union Army gained the upper hand in Missouri. He had always wanted to come back to Missouri and finally decided the time was right in the Autumn of 1864. He and his Confederate Army traveled up to Southeast Missouri, then west towards the state capital of Jefferson City, and then finally to Kansas City, which was known as Westport back then. Westport was where a battle with Union forces from Kansas and Missouri defeated him, and he started a retreat south, along the state line of Kansas and Missouri. Union forces caught up with him at Mine Creek and delivered the ultimate blow, basically destroying his army, and scattering what remained. The visitor center exhibits explain how the Union Army quickly won the battle, mainly due to superior rifles and equipment. Confederate forces were no longer able to mount a credible threat again in the area west of the Mississippi River for the duration of the war. Besides the visitor center, there is a trail that goes across the field where the battle was fought, and a booklet describes in detail what happened at various points in the battlefield. Mine Creek is something worthwhile to visit for anyone interested in Civil War History.

Thank TallTexWally
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Small but interesting. It very affortable and you can spend as little or as much time as you like. The guide knows his stuff and loves to spend one on one time with the visitors.

Thank Mario D
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Largest preserved CW battlefield this side of the Mississippi. Great museum with well versed curators working there. Little know but pivitol battle site.

3  Thank Dean H
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