August nothing much had happened to the Union soldiers in Vera
Cruz. They were down by Bryant Creek in two blockhouses and
in the county court house.
Then, on November 7, 1862, Confederates led by Colonel Greene
arrived on the bluffs overlooking the small town. They had
moved north from Arkansas into Missouri, up the North Fork
of the White River to Tecumseh. They had continued up Bryant
Creek to Vera Cruz, the Douglas County seat.
At 10 a.m., from the bluffs, they began bombarding the blockhouse
and the courthouse. The battle lasted five hours. It was mostly
cannon fire. The Illinois Cavalry had only two small 2 1/2
lb. Woodriff-type cannons. They were out-gunned by the four
Confederate 6-lb. cannons. They surrendered when they
ran out of ammunition. Colonel John Burbridge moved into town
at 5 p.m. The Confederates took the Union soldiers' valuables
and and let them go.
The Illinois 10th Cavalry soldiers had to walk back to Marshfield.
The Confederates had taken their horses. Nine had been killed
and 37 wounded. None of the local Missouri Home Guard soldiers
died or got hurt. But one civilian was killed, William Martin,
It is thought that the Confederates went back down Bryant
Creek and destroyed the blockhouses at Rippee. Then they probably
went over to Rome and destroyed the blockhouses there. A couple
of months later, in January, 1863, they fought at the Battle
of Hartville, MO.