Sunday, February 12, 2012

Civil War 150 — Battle of Roan's Tan Yard

Battle of Roan's Tan Yard Jan. 8, 1862

Another battle in Missouri. This was set north of the city of Columbia. This was a Union victory:

Rumors and sightings of a Confederate force in the Howard County area had circulated for more than a week, but the Union troops could not locate them because civilian sympathy in the area was pro-Confederate.

Then on January 7, 1862, information came to hand that Col. J.A. Poindexter and his Confederate force were camped on Silver Creek. Detachments from various Union units gathered and headed towards the Confederate camp, about 14 miles northwest of Fayette. After finding the camp, the Federals attacked and routed the enemy. Those that were not killed, wounded, or captured fled for safety. Afterwards, the Union troops destroyed the camp to prevent its further use. This small action cost the Confederates Randolph County as a base for recruiting and raiding.

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