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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 34 0 Browse Search
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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 33. capture of Lexington, Missouri. (search)
en driven from it, and was thenceforward held by them to the very end of the contest. The heights to the left of Anderson's house, which had been taken, as before stated, by Gens. McBride and Harris, and by part of Gen. Steen's command under Col. Boyd and Major Winston, were rudely fortified by our soldiers, who threw up breastworks as well as they could with their slender means. On the morning of the 20th inst., I caused a number of hemp bales to be transported to the river heights, where every instance by the unflinching courage and fixed determination of our men. In these desperate encounters, the veterans of McBride's and Slack's divisions fully sustained their proud reputation, while Col. Martin Green and his command, and Col. Boyd and Maj. Winston and their commands, proved themselves worthy to fight by the side of the men who had by their courage and valor won imperishable honor in the bloody battle of Springfield. About two o'clock in the afternoon of the 20th, and
hey marched forthwith, and reached the Missouri River about four o'clock in the evening, when Colonel Boyd's artillery and battalion and baggage were crossed to the south side, where he took his posit, behaved gallantly. D. R. Athchison. Missouri Republican account. the rebel forces under Boyd and Patton, numbering some four thousand five hundred, evacuated St. Joseph on the 12th Sept., ansh forward after the enemy, whose camp was about five miles distant, which was accordingly done. Boyd and Patton with, as we stated, about four thousand five hundred men, were occupying a strong posively easy to take their men over, especially as the Missouri is quite narrow at that point. Thus Boyd and Patton and their army escaped. The loss of the rebels in the engagement of the 17th is not the receipt of full orders, which were for him, after the contemplated cutting off of Patton and Boyd from Lexington, to move on himself to the latter place. These directions reaching St. Joseph sub
te, Company G; John H. Natus, private, Company F; Isaac S. Bryant, Corporal, Company E. Fourteenth Indiana.--Killed, Amos Boyd, private, Company C.--Wounded, Captain S. A. Foote, Company E, slightly; John D. Lyon, Corporal, Company E; James S. Ja Myers, of Company H, had a spherical-case shot in his thigh, which was extracted, but he died immediately afterwards. Amos Boyd, of Company C, was killed on the field by the explosion of a shell from the enemy's guns. I recapitulate my loss as follows: killed — J. Urner Price, Company A; Amos Boyd, Company C; Harrison Myers, Company H. wounded--Captain L. A. Foote, Company A, and private John D. Lyon, Company E. General, we are ready again, and hope that the Fourteenth will ever do Ninth Indiana------Smith, of Company II, killed; Isaac Bryant, slightly wounded in the shoulder. Fourteenth Indiana--Amos Boyd, Company C, and Harmon Myers, Company H, killed; Capt. Foote, Company E, grape-shot wound in the arm — not serious; Jam
ne hundred Home Guards from Douglas County arrived at the Fort yesterday morning, in a starving condition, having travelled one hundred and ten miles, over a rough country, depending for subsistence on the rebellious inhabitants on the way. The men presented a unique and rough appearance. They carried every variety of arms — some flint locks and fowling pieces — several of which were captured from the secesh. These men were induced to come out of the wilderness for the purpose of joining Col. Boyd's regiment at St. Louis, and were under the direction of Capt. Martindale and Lieut. Adam. Capt. Martindale stayed behind at Coppidge's, and, laboring under a misunderstanding in regard to his statements, fifty-four of them joined Col. Phelps' regiment. When Martindale came up he protested, and claimed his men. The subject seemed to be rather a perplexing one to settle satisfactorily to all parties concerned. The party brought in Mick Yates, one of McBride's lieutenants, a prisoner.
ddled into it, while from a pole in the stern waved a shirt, which may in its better days have been white. Their boat was of some value, and was retained. About daylight the Freeborn hove in sight, and was coming to fulfil the duties assigned to her, when, much to the chagrin of the gallant lieutenant commanding, (Magaw,) she was opened upon by a heavy rebel battery, a short distance up the river, and forced to return. Since that time it has been discovered that the battery is located at Boyd's. Hole, not over two miles from the point reached by the reconnoitring party. The battery mounts six heavy rifled guns, and the soldiers seen from the gunboat were three regiments advancing to its support. Had its location been known, it could and would lave been taken at the point of the bayonet, and its guns, as well as those of the three gunboats, turned upon the party advancing to its relief. This is the first time that any of the Excelsior regiments have been on Virginia soil, as t
the aid of the three companies engaged, and for half an hour longer the battle raged and became a hand-to-hand fight. Capt. Boyd's company of sharpshooters were in the midst of the rebel camp. Also, Major Carrick, with Company C, Third Illinois Caolonel John M. Glover, Major Carrick, Lieutenants Yates and Kirkpatrick, of the Third Missouri Cavalry; Colonel Birge, Captain Boyd, and Adjutant Temple, of Birge's Sharpshooters, and Lieutenant Edwin Moore, my aide. I also assure you that the men bing up with Major Temple, and uniting with Colonel Birge, soon rallied the whole line, and the fight became terrible. Captain Boyd, advancing from the right wing, poured in from the rifles, at every fire, messengers of death. Colonel Birge, with a y of victory, the whole line rushed forward, and the rebels fled in every direction. Colonel Birge pursued them, with Captain Boyd, for two miles, killing four, and taking five prisoners. The rebel battle-ground — what a sight! After they had ta