Confederate General Edwin Price Hero or Turncoat?

Confederate General Edwin Price (1834-1908) was the oldest son of General Sterling Price, C.S.A. Sterling and Edwin Price were in down St Louis when General Lyon surrounded Camp Jackson on May 10th thus avoiding capture. Upon his return to Charlton County  he was appointed as Colonel of the 3d Regiment, Third Division, Missouri State Guard. Price "saw the elephant" at the battles of Carthage, Drywood, & Lexington, Missouri. When division's commander, John B. Clark, was elected to the Confederate Congress, Edwin replaced him as Brigadier General. Edwin was captured by Union forces in 1862. With the active involvement of President Jefferson Davis, he was exchanged for a Union general. He rejoined his father, then in Mississippi, but shortly thereafter resigned his Confederate Army Commission & returned to Missouri, later obtaining a pardon from President Lincoln. Before war's end, Edwin publicly renounced the Confederacy, estranging him from his father. However, they were reconciled after the war, with Sterling passing his land holdings to Edwin to avoid confiscation by the Federal authorities.                                       

Patrick R. Marquis© Quantrillsguerrillas.com. "Permission should be requested and agreed to before using this copyrighted essay." To the left is a war dated image of Price.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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