On October 25, 1864, some ten thousand Union and Confederate troops clashed at Mine Creek. They had been fighting off and on for several days as Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's Confederates marched through Missouri and then were turned back at the Battle of Westport. The Union cavalry caught up with the rear guard of Price's wagon train at Mine Creek and crushed them in the second largest cavalry charge of the Civil War. A portion of the battlefield is being preserved by the state of Kansas. A 1.5 mile interpretive trail along Mine Creek is now in place.
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