Battlefied Dispatches No. 240: ‘Compelled to Fight’

At sunset (approximately 6 p.m.) on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1864 the last battle of the day occurred northwest of Deerfleld, Mo. This battle, like many battles in the Civil War has a few names. It has been called the Battle of the Marmaton, Little Marmaton Creek, Shiloh Creek and Chariot’s Farm which makes it very interesting and at times confusing to study. Being the last battle of the day, it was preceded by three battles in Kansas which were the Battles of Trading Post at approximately 6 a.m., Mine Creek at 11 -11:30 a.m. and the Little Osage River at 2 -2:30 p.m.

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