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Lone Jack, in Jackson County, Missouri, was laid out in 1841, and named for the single black jack tree that served as a local landmark. The area was first settled in shortly after the Osage were removed from the lands in 1825. David Butterfield built a cabin in the area between Lone Jack and Greenwood in 1827, while Isaac Dunaway took a claim just southeast of the current location of Lone Jack in 1829, but the first home built in Lone Jack itself was constructed by James Bridges in 1832. A post office was established in 1839. In August 15 and 16, 1862, the Battle of Lone Jack began when Union Major Emory S. Foster led a 740 man force from Lexington to Lone Jack, while other Union forces were sent from Kansas under General James G. Blunt, and from Missouri under General Fitz Henry Warren, in order to put down a recruitment campaign by the Confederate regulars and the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard, who were in Lone Jack when Foster’s troops arrived. Foster was able to disperse 800 or so Southern troops in Lone Jack, but his firing of cannon during the skirmish alerted Colonel Vard Cockrell and other Confederate commands in the area. Cockrell consulted with Colonel Upton Hays, Lt. Colonel Sidney D. Jackman, and Colonel DeWitt C. Hunter The following morning, as Foster’s Union troops were resting in Lone Jack, coordinating an assault upon Union troops in Lone Jack from all sides at sunrise. Although Foster’s troops were alerted to the attack, ruining the planned surprise, the battle was an easy Confederate victory. Today, Lone Jack is accessed primarily through US Highway 50. Cockrell is east of Lone Jack, Elm is to the west, and Pleasant Hill is to the southwest. The Blue and Gray Park Reserve and the Lone Jack Wildlife Area are to the northwest.

 

 

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