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Philips' Brigade Advances

Around 8:00 a.m. on October 23, 1864

Because of delays, Major General Alfred Pleasonton replaced the First Brigade's commander, Brigadier General Egbert G. Brown with Colonel John F. Philips, Seventh Missouri State Militia Cavalry. Pleasonton ordered Philips to "take charge of this entire brigade and go down there and put those people out." Colonel Philips did lead the First Brigade down the hill to the river, but was unable to force a crossing on his first attempt.

Play video to see troop movements.

Colonel John F. Philips

Colonel John F. Philips, WICR 31832 in the collection of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Image courtesy of the National Park Service