The Battle of Roan's Tan Yard was also known as the Battle of Silver Creek.
Rumors and sightings of a Confederate force in the Howard County area had circulated for more than a week, but the Union troops could not locate them. On January 7, information came to hand that Col. J.A. Poindexter and his Confederate force of 800 recruits were camped on Silver Creek.
etachments from various Union units came together and headed towards the Confederate camp which was about 14 miles northwest of Fayette.
After finding the camp despite heavy fog, the Union troops attacked in the late afternoon, routing the enemy in only 40 minutes and sending those that were not killed, wounded, or captured fleeing for safety. Two companies of Federal cavalry were ordered to cut off the Confederates' retreat, but darkness and heavy fog, together with thick underbrush, rendered it impossible.
Afterwards, the Union force destroyed the camp to prevent its further use. The Confederates could no longer use their Randolph County base for recruiting and raiding.