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Sterling Price

Date of Birth:      September 20, 1809
Hometown:         Prince Edward County, VA
Education:           Hampden-Sydney College
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     September 29, 1867
Place of Death:    St. Louis, MO
Buried At:           St. Louis, MO

Major Battles:        Wilson's Creek, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Iuka, Siege of Corinth, Helena, Lexington II, Battle of Carthage, Pilot Knob, Battle of Westport, Mine Creek

Interesting Fact(s):    Price, nicknamed "Old Pap," would move to Missouri, from his native Virginia.  He would be elected to the state legislature, and was speaker, of the house, for the last four years in office.  He would be elected to the U.S. House of Representative, in 1844.  He would resign his house seat to serve in the Mexican War, as colonel of the 2nd Missouri Infantry and would become brigadier general, of volunteers.  After being military governor, of New Mexico, Price would return to Missouri to become governor.  He would be president of the state convention, in Missouri, that opposed secession, but disagreeing with the Unionists, Price would accept command of the pro-secession, Missouri militia.  He would combine his forces, with Ben McCullough, at the battle of Wilson's Creek, and would defeat Nathanial Lyon's Union army.  Later, he would capture the Union fort, at Lexington, Missouri, before being pushed south by Samuel Curtis's Army of the Southwest.  Leading a division, at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, the Confederate Army would be swept from the field, by Curtis's Army of the Southwest.  Price would be promoted to major general, in the Confederate Army, and would lead his troops, in northern Mississippi, at Iuka, and Corinth - battles in which he would suffer defeat.  Later in the war, he would lead a raid, into Missouri, that would culminate in the battle, in Kansas, at Mine Creek - another Union victory.  Price would retreat, to Texas, and would remain there for the remainder of the war.  He would go to Mexico, for a short time, before returning to Missouri, in 1866.

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