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Battle of Dug Spring

By early August, the pro-secessionist State Militia forces in Missouri had joined with the Confederate Army of the West from Arkansas. This army moved north towards where Nathaniel Lyon's Union army was encamped near Springfield. Lyon learned that the secessionist army planned to attack the city, so on August 1st, he marched out in an attempt to surprise them. The two forces met briefly at Dug Springs on Aug. 2nd, a skirmish the Union forces won, but Lyon learned that he was heavily outnumbered, so he marched back to Springfield. Soon a more decisive battle at Wilson's Creek would follow.

Dug Spring
"Splendid Charge of United States Cavalry at the Battle of Dug Spring, Missouri." From Harper's Weekly. New York, August 24, 1861. 9 x 14. Wood engraving. Very good condition. $45

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