In September 1864, a Confederate army under Maj. Gen. Sterling Price crossed into Missouri with the goal of capturing St. Louis. Union Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing (who was William Tecumseh Sherman's brother-in-law and son of his adoptive father Thomas Ewing) moved with reinforcements down the railroad to Ironton to retard Price’s advance.
On the morning of September 27, the Confederates attacked, driving the Federals back into their defenses anchored by Fort Davidson. In the late afternoon, Price unsuccessfully assaulted the fort repeatedly, suffering heavy casualties. Price, considering the possible time involved, had dismissed the possibility of mounting guns on the high ground to compel the fort to surrender or to shell the garrison into submission.
During the night, the Federals evacuated the fort. Price had paid a high price in lives and gave Union forces the necessary time to concentrate and oppose his raid.
Its a very cool site... the mound is still there were the fort stood, including the moat that surrounded it (you can see this in the shoots of the Union troops firing from inside the moat as they did since the fort was too small to garrison all of them).
Many don't know the numbers when it comes to these conflicts, and it's something to put into perspective even today. This was a one day battle and the Confederates lost over 1500 men to the Unions almost 200. 1700 men in ONE day.
I have a little over 50 photos located here: http://www.uscivilwa...e...album&id=11
I also have some small video that I am still editing and will post a YouTube link when I get them done one of the final rebel attack on the fort and the other of Union troops climbing out of the moat area.
Here are the video links: