The pro-secessionist Missouri State Guards advance northward and threaten Lexington, a key commercial town on the Missouri River.
Demoralized Federal troops begin a long retreat out of southwestern Missouri after their defeat at Wilson’s Creek.
Federals not only suffer a second major defeat within a month, but they lose an army commander as well.
Opposing forces inadvertently advance upon each other in southwestern Missouri, setting the stage for a battle.
Political turmoil and military maneuvering continue in the bitterly divided state of Missouri.
Secessionists defeat a Federal detachment in a minor clash as both sides scramble to link with their main forces in southwestern Missouri.