Learn what role hemp bales played in the Battle of Lexington

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site News Release

Sept. 15, 2014 Volume 42-166

Contact:   Steph Deidrick, (573) 751-9392, steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov or
               Gena Terlizzi, (573) 751-1010 gena.terlizzi@dnr.mo.gov

Learn more about the Siege of Lexington at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

Guests can hear a thorough account of the Battle of Lexington from Civil War historian Larry Wood at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the visitor center at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.

Wood is the author of Siege of Lexington Missouri, The Battle of the Hemp Bales and will discuss the battle that briefly consolidated Confederate control in the region. Following victories at Carthage and Wilson’s Creek in the summer of 1861, Confederate forces achieved their greatest success when they advanced on Lexington in September. Gen. Sterling Price and his men laid siege for three days against a Union garrison under the command of Col. James Mulligan. An ingenious mobile breastwork of hemp bales soaked in water, designed to absorb hot shot, enabled the Confederates to close in on Sept. 20 and force surrender.

Wood is a retired public school teacher and freelance writer specializing in the history of the Ozarks and surrounding region. He has published two historical novels, ten nonfiction history books, and numerous magazine stories and articles.

The Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located on 110 Delaware Street, Lexington, Missouri. For information on the event, call the site at (660) 259-4654. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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