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In Missouri, Union cavalry disperses Missouri Confederates outside Springfield with a spirited charge

Civil War Battle, iconic image
10/25/1861
Union General John C. Frémont was driving into southwestern Missouri seeking to clear out Confederate influence there.  His advance guard of cavalry under Major Charles Zagonyi was moving ahead of the main force towards the town of Springfield in Greene County. Men of the Missouri State Guard under Colonel Julian Frazier attempted to ambush him outside the town but the Union cavalry dispersed them with a sharp and bloody charge. Zagonyi then advanced to occupy the town briefly before returning to the main Union force.   (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 14.

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