The Battle of Lexington, MO or "Battle of the Hemp Bales" may be unique in Civil War history.
The Hemp or Marijuana bales were moved forward to protect advancing Southern troops. But there was a risk that the Marijuana bales would catch on fire, thus the bales were soaked with water to prevent them from burning. Some did catch on fire, but it is unknown how many troops were high... (Some wags believe this resulted in a surge in recruitment by Confederates of young men from Colorado and Oregon :)
Confederate General Price's men advanced behind mobile (Marijuana) breastworks, made of hemp, close enough to take the Union works at the Anderson House. Northern Colonel Mulligan requested surrender terms, turned in their weapons,and gave the South control of much of western Missouri.
Admission is Free, but optional guided tour of Anderson House is $4.00
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