Battle of Camden Point
The Battle of Camden Point took place on
13 July, 1864near Camden Point, Missouri, USA.
During the mid-1864
Paw Paw Rebellionin north-western Missouri, detachments of Federal troops crossed the Missouri Riverand occupied Platte County, Missouri. At this time a Confederate cavalry force approximately 200-300 strong under Colonel J.C. Thorntonwas organizing around Camden Point. On 13 July, Thornton's men held a picnic in an open pasture near the town. Detachments of the 2nd Colorado Volunteer Cavalryand 15th Kansas Volunteer Cavalryambushed Thornton's picnicking force, routing it and killing six and wounding approximately 25 Confederates, having suffered one killed and one wounded. Ammunition, weapons, and gunpowder were captured and Camden Point was burned.
The battle flag of the Confederate force was captured as well, and now resides in the possession of the
Colorado State Historical Society. In 1871, a memorial to the Confederates killed in the engagement was erected at the Camden Point Cemetery where the Confederate slain are buried and is the oldest Confederate memorial west of the Mississippi River.
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