Location: Newton County
Campaign: Prices Missouri Expedition (1864)
Date(s): October 28, 1864
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt [US]; Maj. Gen. Sterling Price [CS]
Forces Engaged: Five brigades [US]; remnants of Prices Army of Missouri [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 650 total (US 400; CS 250)
Description: Prices force was in full retreat following its expedition into Missouri. On October 28, 1864, it stopped to rest about two miles south of Newtonia, Missouri. Soon afterward, Maj. Gen. James G. Blunts Union troops surprised the Confederates and began to drive them. Brig. Gen. Joe Shelbys division, including his Iron Brigade, rode to the front, dismounted, and engaged the Yankees while the other Rebel troops retreated towards Indian Territory. Brig. Gen. John B. Sanborn later appeared with Union reinforcements which convinced Shelby to retire. The Union troops forced the Confederates to retreat but failed to destroy or capture them.
Result(s): Union victory