Mon Sep 24, 2012, 03:19 AM
Sherman A1 (19,194 posts)
SKIRMISH AT GRANBY, MO SEPTEMBER 23 or 24, 1862
Granby, MO (Newton County) is in SW Missouri and as described part of the Joplin, MO statistical area.
An Obviously Confederate View of the Granby Fight
Granby Fight. -- During the early part of the Civil War it was a matter of great importance to the Confederates in the Southwest to secure supplies of lead from Missouri, and in the fall of 1862 General Rains, with a force of 2,000 men, was stationed on the old Pea Ridge battle field to cover the transportation of lead from the Granby mines to the Confederate arsenal at Little Rock. To break up the business a body of Federal troops took possession of Granby and stopped the shipment of lead South. Colonel Shelby sent a force of Confederates, under Colonel Shanks, to attack the place and secure possession of it at whatever cost. The attack was made at daylight on the 23d of September, and resulted in the surprise and defeat of the Federals, who lost twenty-seven killed and wounded and forty-three taken prisoners, the Confederates losing only two men wounded. The mines were then actively worked under the protection of the Confederates, and large quantities of lead were sent to Rains camp to be forwarded to Little Rock.
SOURCE: Howard L. Conrad, Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri (1901), Volume 3, page 84.
This encyclopedia entry was apprently taken almost verbatim from Shelby and His Men, by John Newman Edwards (page 86). Edwards was Joseph Shelby's adjutant during the war and a notorious liar and drunkard afterwards. On August 29, 1885, the Neosho Miner and Mechanic had this note, "The 'apoplexy' with which Maj. John N. Edwards of the St. Joseph Gazette was attacked ... at Higginsville, was probably apple-jaxy instead of 'plexy.'" Bob Schultz and William Shea provided information for this note.
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