Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sept. 20, 1861

Sept. 20, 1861: The Siege of Lexington, Missouri - Col. Mulligan, in command of the brigade of 3,600 Federal troops at this city, having held off attacks by Gen. Sterling Price, the Missouri Confederate general who has enveloped the town with his more than 18,000 Rebels, finally surrenders to Price after a week-long siege. Despite his pleas, Gen. Fremont sends no help or reinforcements from St. Louis or Jefferson City to Mulligan. Price loses only 25 dead and an unnamed number of wounded. Mulligan loses only 39 dead, a larger number wounded, but sees the futility of further combat. Confederate victory.

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