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This color illustration from volume three of Samuel Reader's autobiography depicts the Battle of Mine Creek, an engagement between Union and Confederate forces that took place in Kansas on October 25, 1864, during the Civil War. The Battle of Mine Creek was one of the largest cavalry engagements of the Civil War and contributed to a Confederate retreat. After the battle Union forces continued their pursuit of Price's Confederates through Missouri, Arkansas and into Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). The Confederates never again threatened Kansas. Following Price's retreat the Confederate effort west of the Mississippi River was minimal. The battle was one of the last significant engagements fought in the west. The Civil War ended in April 1865. The title "It went against us" quotes a Confederate summary of the battle. This original color illustration appears between pages 98-99 of volume three of Samuel Reader's autobiography (unit 206900).

Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: October 25, 1864

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This illustration can be used as an effective lead-in to discuss broader issues related to the Civil War, including the border tensions between Missouri and Kansas, as well as the fact that the conflict left few parts of the country untouched.

KS: 7th: 2.6: important events in Kansas History during the Civil War

Item Number: 742
Call Number: E461 M8 *7
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 742

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