Battles of Glasgow and Sedalia, MO: October 15, 1864

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Price’s raid on Missouri and Kansas, KHC is featuring excerpts from “Price’s March of 1864” Shared Stories of the Civil War reader’s theater script. The Shared Stories of the Civil War reader’s theater project is a partnership between KHC and the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.                                                                                                  

Richard Josiah Hinton

Richard Josiah Hinton. Photo courtesy of: kansasmemory.org, Kansas State Historical Society. Copy and Reuse Restrictions apply.

READER 5: [A] bold dash of [rebel] General Shelby across the Missouri river at Arrow Rock, with his capture of Glasgow and three regiments of Missouri and Illinois troops…aroused the border from its quiet sense of security.  The rapidity of Price’s advance, with his avoiding rather than accepting conflict with the Union forces, was evidence that his expedition was not a military campaign, but a predatory raid, that had in it more terror than the deliberate clash of hostile armies.

Shalor Winchell Eldridge, Kansas militia.

READER 3: I sent…orders to…attack the town [of Glasgow] from the west side of the river…The place was surrendered, but not until after the City Hall was destroyed and the arms consumed by fire.  By the capture of this place, however, we obtained between 800 or 900 prisoners, about 1,200 small arms, about the same number of overcoats, 150 horses, 1 steamboat, and large amounts of underclothing.

The captured prisoners were paroled, such of the ordnance and other stores captured as could not be carried were distributed, and the remaining portion, together with the steamboat, burned.

General Sterling Price, Confederate Army of the Missouri.

READER 1: Words fail in painting the gloomy uncertainty.  Over the thousands of homes, from each of which some loved one had gone forth at the call of duty, hung sadness and fearful anxiety.  But, impressed by the urgency, one common purpose now animated old and young…Each man felt he was defending his own fireside.

Captain Richard Hinton, Kansas, Army of the Border.

How would you defend your hearth and home if enemy forces invaded your community? Tune in on October 19 for the next blog post!