4th MOi Co E, Battle of Leasburg 2011

Leasburg, MO

The Good:

  1. The spectators – Lots and lots of people.
  2. Weather – It was a picture perfect day.
  3. Location – It was a beautiful park ground. One could not ask for a better setting.
  4. Traveling with friends – I really enjoyed driving/riding with Steve, Doug and Clayton. Steve has such a wealth of knowledge about the Ozarks and the Civil War.
  5. Dime as battalion (?) commander. He did a fantastic job considering our limitations. I wish I had half is oratory skill.
  6. Honoring Captain John Kimmel.
The Bad:
  1. The 4th’s seven man army almost doubled the size of the Confederate infantry.
  2. The battle was a basic football field style battle.
  3. Facing three cannons with no cover at 75 yards, our little band of Confederates would have been vaporized after the first volley, yet we didn’t even take a hit.

The Ugly:

  1. The tactical that wasn’t.

Soldiers in Attendance:

Captain Daniel Keith

Corporal Clayton Kelly

Private Jim Bearden

Private Diz Carver

Private Douglas Coburn

Private Steve Cottrell

Private Kenneth DuBerry

Civilians in Attendance:

Carolyn Carver

Nicholas DuBerry

After Action Report:

Dear Captain Hollingsworth;

It is my privilege to report that a squad of the 4th Missouri Infantry Regiment reported for duty at Leasburg, Missouri on October 1st.

We immediately fell in with the 9th Missouri Sharpshooters; a more gallant group of men has never been produced in defense of our nation. As we drilled to prepare the men for the up and coming battle, a skirmish between some partisans and Yankee soldiers broke out. Before our combined force could be put into action the Yanks broke off contact as we surrounded them. Being that we had no facilities to take prisoners we allowed the Yanks to leave if they swore not to take up arms against our great cause again. My men and I knew that being Yankees they would not keep this oath and we were correct in as we had to face them again shortly.

As we sought shelter from the heat of the sun the 4th Missouri sat in the shade and broke bread together. We shared what we had so that no one would be without. A fine meal was had by all.

After lunch we perused the local market place. It was just a way for us to calm our nerves for the coming fight.

The men’s heart was strong for we had a formidable task ahead of us. We were to cover open ground to attack fortified positions of the enemy. We were facing three cannons and to our one. The enemy was on parity with us in infantry and cavalry strength, thanks in no small part to our misguided attempt at mercy earlier in the day.

Luckily, their cannon gunners were unable to direct their low enough to hit our troops as we advanced in a semi-skirmish line. The men pressed on bravely under intense fire. We eventually pushed the enemy from the first set of breast works but his position was too strong in their secondary and tertiary works for us to continue the attack.

The 4th’s losses were 3 killed and 2 wounded with me being slightly wounded from the debris of a cannon shot.

After our battle we paid tribute to a fine captain, Captain John Kimmel, who has gone on to meet his maker. May he rest in peace.

After the battle and dedication the men of the 4th headed for home knowing that the 9th Missouri had things well in hand.

Your obedient servant,

Captain Daniel Keith

Company E

Fourth Missouri Infantry Regiment

First Missouri Battalion

Trans-Mississippi Brigade

Huckabee’s Division

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