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In Salem, Missouri, Confederate raiders surprise the Union garrison but are driven from the town

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12/03/1861
Typical of the small skirmishes occuring frequently in the theater, the engagement began in the pre-dawn hours as Confederate troops entered the town of Salem in Dent County, Missouri and surprised the Union cavalry garrison there, firing through windows into the quarters where they slept.  The Union troops regrouped and drove the raiders from the town in fierce street fighting.  Casualties were reported as six Union and thirteen Confederates killed in action.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), III:
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