Battle of Mount Zion Church

Battle of Mount Zion Church

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Mount Zion Church

partof=American Civil War
date=December 28 1861
place=Boone County, Missouri
result=Union victory
combatant1=United States of America
combatant2=Confederate States of America
commander1=Benjamin M. Prentiss
commander2=Caleb Dorsey
strength1=Dist. of Northern Missouri
The Battle of Mount Zion Church was a battle of the American Civil War, which occurred on December 28, 1861 in Boone County, Missouri. The resulting Union victory here and elsewhere in central Missouri curtailed Confederate recruiting activities in the region.

Brig. Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss led a Union force of 5 mounted companies and 2 companies of Birge’s sharpshooters into Boone County to protect the North Missouri Railroad and overawe secessionist sentiment there. After arriving in Sturgeon on December 26, Prentiss learned about a band of Confederates near Hallsville. He sent a company to Hallsville the next day that fought a Confederate force under the command of Col. Caleb Dorsey and suffered numerous casualties, including many men taken prisoner, before retreating to Sturgeon. On December 28, Prentiss set out with his entire force to meet Dorsey's force. He routed one company of Confederates on the road from Hallsville to Mount Zion and learned that the rest of the force was at Mount Zion Church. Prentiss headed for the church. After a short battle, the Confederates retreated, leaving their killed and wounded on the battlefield and abandoning many animals, weapons, and supplies.


* [ CWSAC Battle Summary]

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