Newtonia, MO II

Date(s): October 28, 1864

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Newtonia, Newton, Missouri, United States

Campaign(s): Price’s Missouri Expedition [1864]

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt

  • Confederate: Maj. Gen. Sterling Price

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Five brigades

  • Confederate: Remnants of Price’s Army of Missouri


  • Price’s force was in full retreat following its expedition into Missouri.

  • On October 28, 1864, the Confederate force stopped to rest about two miles south of Newtonia, Missouri.

  • Soon afterward, Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt’s Union troops surprised the Confederates and began to drive them.

  • Brig. Gen. Joe Shelby’s division, including his Iron Brigade, rode to the front, dismounted, and engaged the Yankees while the other Rebel troops retreated towards Indian Territory.

  • Brig. Gen. John B. Sanborn later appeared with Union reinforcements which convinced Shelby to retire.

  • The Union troops forced the Confederates to retreat but failed to destroy or capture them.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification2: B


  • Union: 400

  • Confederate: 250

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Websites:

Lodging and Restaurants: Missouri Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

3 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 03/08/2013