Battle of Lexington State Historic Site — Lexington, Missouri

On the way home from dropping my daughter off at college in Kansas City, I stopped briefly at this battlefield.

In 1861, Confederate general Sterling Price captured a much smaller Union force after a three-day siege. The Confederates stormed the Union works after approaching by hiding behind bales of hemp which they rolled up the hill above the Missouri River. Much of the fighting took place around the Anderson House, which was used as a hospital by Union forces.

Anderson House - front viewAnderson house - back viewThe hill up which the Confederates rolled the hemp bales.

The house is open for tours, but I didn’t go in because the tour would have taken the better part of an hour and I had a long drive ahead of me. I looked at the displays in the visitor center, then walked around the house and around the short trail that followed the Union lines. It was a hot, muggy day, so I was glad the trail was short.

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