Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Author Jeffrey Stalnaker to Discuss The Battle of Mine Creek: The Crushing End of the Missouri Campaign at the National Archives

The National Archives at Kansas City will host author Jeffrey Stalnaker on Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of his book The Battle of Mine Creek: The Crushing End of the Missouri Campaign. Stalnaker will be available to sign copies of his book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

In 1864 Union troops controlled much of the South, Sherman’s men marched with impunity through Georgia, and defeat at Gettysburg was a painful and distant memory. The Confederacy needed to stem the tide. Confederate Major General Sterling Price led an army of twelve thousand troops on a desperate charge through Missouri to deliver the state to the Confederacy and dash President Lincoln’s hopes for re-election. This daring campaign culminated with the Battle of Mine Creek. A severely outnumbered Union force crushed the Confederate forces in one of the war’s largest and most audacious cavalry charges. In this account Stalnaker provides detail about the Union troopers as they destroyed all hope for rebel victory in the Trans-Mississippi.

Copies of The Battle of Mine Creek: The Crushing End of the Missouri Campaign will be available for purchase via The Kansas City Store onsite. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the author

Jeffrey Stalnaker is a graduate of the University of Kansas. After college graduation, he spent eight years in marketing with Adidas. Stalnaker is now a freelance sales and marketing consultant. He has pursued an interest as a living historian/re-enactor for several decades and is a member of several local heritage and historic organizations.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota available for public access. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit: www.archives.gov/central-plains.

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