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Old Fort Wayne

Battle Name: Old Fort Wayne
Other Names: Beatties Prairie, Beaty’s Prairie
State: Oklahoma
Location: Delaware County
Campaign: Operations North of Boston Mountains (1862)
Dates: October 22, 1862
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. James G. Blunt [US]; Col. Douglas H. Cooper [CS]
Forces Engaged: 1st Division, Army of the Frontier [US]; 1st Brigade [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 164 total (US 14; CS 150)
Description: Brig. Gen. James G. Blunt and his troops attacked Col. Douglas H. Cooper and his Confederate command on Beatties Prairie near Old Fort Wayne at 7:00 am on October 22, 1862. The Confederates put up stiff resistance for a half hour, but overwhelming numbers forced them to retire from the field in haste, leaving artillery and equipage behind. This was a setback in the 1862 Confederate offensive that extended from the tidewater in the east to the plains of the Indian Territory of the west.
Results: Union victory

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