December 18, This day during the American Civil War

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December 18, 1861 – in Milford, Missouri – On December 18, a large Union force, commanded by Brig. Gen. John Pope, surprised a poorly led force of Confederate regulars and militia near Milford at the Shawnee Mound. The Federals captured just over 1,300 Confederate troops. Pope shipped the prisoners by train to St. Louis. In the Department of the West under Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont, Pope assumed command of the District of North and Central Missouri in July, with operational control along a portion the Mississippi River. He had an uncomfortable relationship with Frémont and politicked behind the scenes to get him removed from command. Frémont was convinced that Pope had treacherous intentions toward him, demonstrated by his lack of action in following Frémont’s offensive plans in Missouri. Historian Allan Nevins wrote, “Actually, incompetence and timidity offer a better explanation of Pope than treachery, though he certainly showed an…

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