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Battle of Roan's Tan Yard
Part of the American Civil War
Date January 8, 1861
Location Randolph County, Missouri
Result Union victory
File:US flag 34 stars.svg United States (Union) File:CSA FLAG 28.11.1861-1.5.1863.svg CSA (Confederacy)
W.M.G. Torrence John A. Poindexter
Detachments from the 1st and 2nd Missouri Cavalry, 4th Ohio Cavalry, and 1st Iowa Cavalry unknown
Casualties and losses
6 killed, 19 wounded 40 killed, 80 wounded, 28 captured

The Battle of Roan's Tan Yard (also known as Silver Creek) was an action during the American Civil War, occurring on January 8, 1862, in Randolph County, Missouri.

Rumors and sightings of a Confederate force in the Howard County area had circulated for more than a week, but the Union troops could not locate them. On January 7, 1862, information came to hand that Col. John A. Poindexter and his force of 800 Confederate recruits were camped on Silver Creek. Detachments from various Union units came together and headed towards the Confederate camp which was about 14 miles northwest of Fayette. After finding the camp despite heavy fog, the Federal troops attacked in the late afternoon, routing the enemy in only 40 minutes and sending those that were not killed, wounded, or captured fleeing for safety. Two companies of Federal cavalry were ordered to cut off the Confederates' retreat, but darkness and heavy fog, together with thick underbrush, rendered it impossible.

Afterwards, the Union force destroyed the camp to prevent its further use. The Confederates could no longer use their Randolph County base for recruiting and raiding.

Forces engaged[]

Union (450 men)

  • 4 companies, 1st Missouri Cavalry (Maj. James M. Hubbard)
  • 3 companies, 2nd Missouri Cavalry aka "Merrill's Horse" (Maj. Charles B. Hunt)
  • 1st Iowa Cavalry (Maj. W. G. M. Torrence)
  • 4th Ohio Independent Cavalry Company (Capt. John S. Foster)

Confederate (800 men)

  • 5th Regiment, 3rd Division Missouri State Guard (Col. John A. Poindexter)

Approximate losses[]

  • Union — 6 killed, 19 wounded.
  • Confederate — 40 killed, 80 wounded, 28 captured.


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