Today in History:

Battle of Carthage State Historic Site (Missouri)

Battle of Carthage State Historic Site
This four-acre tract is the site of the final confrontation in a 12-hour running battle, which began north of town on the morning of July 5, 1861. Missouri's Gov. Claiborne Fox Jackson commanded the 6,000 Southern troops that forced Col. Franz Sigel and his 1,000 Union men to retreat down the stagecoach road to Sarcoxie. An interpretive shelter with displays explains the history of the battle. The site is undeveloped and remains just as it was when the victorious Southern troops camped there on that summer evening after the battle.