Sterling Price

Sterling Price

Prince Edward County, Virginia, USA
Death 29 Sep 1867 (aged 58)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 7455 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Civil War Confederate Major General, US Congressman, Missouri Governor. After six years in the general assembly of Missouri, including four as Speaker of the House, he was elected as a Democrat to represent Missouri's 3rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives Congress in 1844. He served from 1845 until resigned his seat in 1846 to enlist in the United States Army during the Mexican War He raised what became the 2nd Missouri Volunteer Cavalry regiment, and was commissioned it's Colonel and commander. During the war he served under Colonel Alexander Doniphan in what would become New Mexico. In 1852 he was elected as the 11th Governor of Missouri, and served in that office until 1857. During the 1861 secession crisis he presided over the Missouri Secession Convention, and initially opposed secession. However, when pro-Union forces took control over the state's militia, he withdrew his opposition, and threw his support with the Confederacy. Initially a Brigadier General in the Missouri State Forces assembled by pro-Confederacy Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson, he commanded troops at the August 1861 Battle of Wilson's Creek. He was commissioned as a Major General in the Confederate Army in March 1862. He commanded Confederate forces in the field in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Mississippi, seeing defeated in the September 1862 Battle of Iuka. After the defeat of the Confederacy he fled to Mexico rather than surrender to Union forces. A monument to him was erected in the Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.

Bio by: Find A Grave

Family Members



In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees



How famous was Sterling Price?

Current rating:

100 votes

to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 6 Dec 1999
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7455
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sterling Price (20 Sep 1809–29 Sep 1867), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7455, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .