Battle of Compton's Ferry

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Battle of Compton's Ferry
Part of American Civil War
Date August 11, 1862 (1862-08-11)
Location Grand River, Livingston County, Missouri
Result Union victory
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
Odon Guitar John A. Poindexter
Casualties and losses
None reported

The Battle of Compton's Ferry (also known as Little Compton Ferry) was an action during the American Civil War, occurring August 11, 1862, along the Grand River in southwest Livingston County, Missouri.[1]

Colonel John A. Poindexter and his force of 1200 to 1500 Confederate recruits were caught at Compton Ferry along the Grand River by forces under Union Col. Odon Guitar.[2] Here the Federals caught the rebels in the act of crossing the river, causing great havoc and sending them into headlong retreat. Two Union artillery pieces fired a total of eight rounds producing the rout. A large amount of materiel was recovered.

The converging Union forces of Guitar and Benjamin Loan continued to pursue Poindexter's men immediately after this action, dealing them a crippling blow at the Battle of Yellow Creek. The wounded Colonel Poindexter was captured September 1—wearing civilian clothing.

The result of this battle and the subsequent battle at Yellow Creek was the effective suppression of Confederate recruiting efforts and major guerrilla operations north of the Missouri River in the northwest portion of the state.[3]


  1. ^ "Col. John A. Poindexter", Gloria M. Atwater
  2. ^ Moore, Frank, The Rebellion Record, Vol. V, pages 577-78.
  3. ^ For a more in-depth discussion of the campaign against Poindexter see Gerteis, Louis S., The Civil War in Missouri: A Military History. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-8262-1972-5. pp 141-143.

Coordinates: 39°44′36″N 93°37′39″W / 39.74333°N 93.62750°W / 39.74333; -93.62750