||About six miles south of Trading Post, where the Marais de Cygnes engagement had occurred, the
brigades of Col. Frederick W. Benteen and Col. John F. Phillips, of Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton’s Provisional
Cavalry Division, overtook the Confederates as they were crossing Mine Creek. These Rebels, stalled by their
wagons crossing the ford, had formed a line on the north side of Mine Creek. The Federals, although outnumbered,
commenced the attack as additional troops from Pleasonton’s command arrived during the fight. They soon
surrounded the Rebels, resulting in the capture of about 600 men and two generals, Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke
and Brig. Gen. William L. Cabell. Having lost this many men, Price’s army was doomed. Retreat to friendly territory
was the only recourse.