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A Day Late and a Dollar Short: The Fate of A. J. Smith's Command during Price's 1864 Missouri Raid

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: The Fate of A. J. Smith's Command during Price's 1864 Missouri Raid

by Dick Titterington

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Major General Andrew Jackson Smith, commanding the Right Wing of the 16th Army Corp, is on his way east to join Major General William T. Sherman’s Atlanta campaign.
The Federal commander in Missouri, Major General William S. Rosecrans keeps hearing reports that Confederate Major General Sterling Price is planning to invade Missouri.
Much to Sherman’s annoyance, Rosecrans convinces the US War Department to divert A. J. Smith’s command into Missouri to counter the Confederate cavalry raid. Smith’s objectives are to bring Price’s Army of Missouri to battle and destroy it.
This book tells the story of how A. J. Smith’s command is diverted to Missouri to defend the state against Sterling Price. Find out if Smith's operations against Price in the fall of 1864 are successful. Learn about the difficulties in managing a campaign in 1864 Missouri. Understand some of the personalities of the Federal commanders who are the key decision makers in Missouri during Price's raid.

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BN ID: 2940046273991
Publisher: Trans-Mississippi Musings Press
Publication date: 09/25/2014
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Dick Titterington is theCivilWarMuse, an amateur historian with particular interest in the American Civil War. Dick maintains a website,, providing virtual tours of Civil War battlefields with interesting facts about the battle and biographies of key individuals. The virtual tours allow you to travel back in time and personally take walking and auto tours of various battlefields and expeditions. Area maps, waypoints and pictures are provided to orient and guide you through your visit.

Dick also has a blog Trans-Mississippi Musings ( writing about interesting stories that took place in the Trans-Mississippi theater during the American Civil War, including the Reconstruction era following the war.

Dick is currently retired and living in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area after a 26-year career as an Information Technology professional.

Dick is a volunteer docent at the Battle of Westport Visitor Center ( in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dick volunteers for SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge) teaching classes on the Civil War in Missouri. SPARK is an Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) and a member of the Road Scholar Institute Network (RSIN). SPARK partners with the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Follow Dick on Twitter @theCivilWarMuse

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