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Wiley Britton, Memoirs of the Rebellion on the Border 1863. 71 1 Browse Search
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, against the guerillas, had a lively contest a few days ago with Livingston's band, and in the affair, had half a dozen of his men captured. y receives his orders from the commanding officer at Fort Scott. Livingston, we understand, is commissioned by and acting under regular ordernties, and with whom we had a number of skirmishes last May. But Livingston attacks our supply trains, and his numerous predatory actions abontry gives a wide field of operations for such an organization as Livingston's. And until we can establish more numerous stations along the whe Confederate government, or the fugitive Governor of Missouri. Livingston whom I have already referred to, may be cited as an instance. Th movements in every possible manner. Though as I have mentioned, Livingston is not accused of murdering his prisoners in cold blood, yet our own regiment, having been on a scout of several days in search of Livingston's band. If the remainder of General Blunt's division, which sepa
d affection; and the sufferings of a comrade from having nobly performed his duty, often causes the warm tear to roll down the cheeks of the stern soldier. Information was received from Neosho this morning (9th) that a force of rebels under Livingston made a raid on that place a few nights ago and captured about twenty negroes and a number of horses and mules. There was not much of a skirmish, for the rebel leader did not venture near where our troops were quartered, and they did not attacead of the; enemy. A couple of soldiers posted on a road several miles out, by the time they had halted and ascertained whether the approaching force was friend or foe, would, if the latter, have few chances of escape, if it were at night. If Livingston's men are mounted upon as good horses as they are reported to be, they could move more rapidly than an Indian guard mounted on a pony. In a few weeks the Indian soldiers and all the refugee Indian families will leave Neosho and join us in the
Chapter 9: The march to camp Moonlight Captain Mefford, Sixth Kansas cavalry, defeats Livingston's band grass sufficient for grazing purposes about Fort Gibson supply train reinforced a bushwhacker killed near camp the people should be better informed by proclamation of the Federal purposes officers for the Fourtributed largely to the success of our campaign in this section last winter. Captain David Mefford, Sixth Kansas cavalry, a few days ago had a skirmish with Livingston's band about sixteen miles north of Neosho, and got three of his men badly wounded, but succeeded in killing and wounding seven of the enemy, and putting the remainder to flight. Captain Mefford is an experienced officer, and a better one could not be selected to deal with Livingston's guerrillas. Several persons who have just arrived from Fort Gibson report that grass is coming up in sufficient quantities on the Arkansas River and lower Grand River bottoms for grazing purposes.
breaking over ancient landmarks, will wonder how it was that they held such views. Built to return to the colored troops at Baxter Springs. Though they may be of some service at that point in affording protection to our supply trains, it is to be regretted that they were not sent on to Fort Gibson, as the situation is getting such that they are much needed there. It is also reported that they are building a small fort at Baxter, and that they have already had several skirmishes with Livingston's band of guerillas, whose operations are chiefly confined to that section. Stationed inside of fortifications properly supplied with water and rations and ammunition for a month, two companies of infantry ought to be able to hold the place against any force of guerrillas likely to attack it. The guerrilla leaders in that section declare that they will not take the colored soldiers nor the officers under whom they are serving, as prisoners of war. If the enemy really intend to murder all
al supply train returns to Fort Scott with a heavy escort engagement between Livingston and the colored troops at Baxter Springs the enemy anxious to know if the co been well-informed in regard to the movements of the trains, perhaps through Livingston's guerrillas, operating in the vicinity of Baxter Springs, they were disappoigiment stationed there under Colonel Williams, recently had a hard fight with Livingston's guerillas, and lost about twenty men killed. It seems that Livingston madeLivingston made a raid on the place, for the purpose of driving off the horses and mules kept at that station, and was in a measure successful. The animals, it is stated, were bein an infantry regiment, in contending with the guerillas of that section under Livingston. And very few animals can be kept there unless they shall be fed within the t first scouted this idea, are beginning to take a similar view. It seems Livingston wrote General Cooped just before our supply train came down, that the colored
l pickets shouted across the river on the 24th instant, that our commissary train was on the way down, and that Colonel Dodd was commanding the escort to it, which is composed of two infantry regiments and four pieces of artillery. This is really news to our officers here, as we have not heard what troops and how strong a force would guard it down. Our hostile neighbors across the river seem to be better informed of the movements of our train and troops in the country above than we are. Livingston, the guerrilla chieftain, whom I have frequently mentioned as operating in the vicinity of Baxter Springs, it is thought sends couriers to General Cooper every three or four days, and that they must either travel at night or take a route not much frequented by our troops. If Colonel Phillips would have carefully posted at half a dozen points twenty-five or thirty miles above here, say three men at each station, well armed and mounted on good horses, I believe that the enemy's dispatch bea
at Cabin Creek examination of the battle-field active operations to be commenced against General Cooper immediately the train and escort pass the section of Livingston's operations arrival at Fort Scott. The supply train started back to Fort Scott July 7th, and as the battalion of the Sixth Kansas cavalry, which has been wcrossing of the Neosho River is just about half way between Forts Scott and Gibson. The only trouble north of this point to be apprehended is from guerrillas. Livingston operates through this section, and is now reported to have about two hundred effective men. He was at Sherwood, Missouri, about ten miles northeast of Baxter Sthree o'clock. We went into camp early on Brush Creek, about six miles north of Baxter Springs. We were at that point not more than seven or eight miles from Livingston's old headquarters. When we crossed the State line, and passed into Kansas, about a mile south of Baxter Springs, I saluted with reverence the State that ha
eads to retaliation and personal grudges Major Livingston, the guerrilla leader, killed by the Misshe 16th, which is regarded as reliable, that Livingston was killed about two days ago at Stockton, sy the Missouri State militia. It seems that Livingston was leading a charge of about two hundred an, they delivered a volley into them, killing Livingston and three or four of his men, besides woundit section have received during the war. Major Tom Livingston, as he has generally been called, has o he had captured and held, and then informed Livingston what he had done. Sometime after this occurrence Livingston's force captured several other colored soldiers, but did not order them shot. Theappeals of justice. But that which has made Livingston's name so familiar to every one along the bo southwest Missouri soon, to take command of Livingston's force. But he will not make such a succesing River, with the determination of driving Livingston's old band out of that section. This force [1 more...]
hage, sixty miles southeast of this place, state that rebel bands are collecting in considerable force in Jasper County, under Colonel Craven, who formerly lived in that section; and that there is; a fair prospect of a fight between them and the militia in a few days. They have recently burned the court house, and a fine brick academy at Carthage, to keep our troops from using them as a means of defense, as they used the brick building at Stockton not long since, when the rebel Chieftain Livingston was killed. The guerillas of Missouri know that court houses and strong buildings can be of very little benefit to them in the way of defenses, and that our troops are always delighted to get them in such places. They would not likely make much of an effort to dislodge them with small arms, but would probably try to hold them, until a section of a battery could be brought from the nearest post to play upon them. A few shells thrown into a building, should they take refuge in one, would
on the 7th instant, that rebel guerrillas are getting troublesome again in the vicinity of Humboldt, forty miles west of this post. It seems that they have burned some property along the Neosho River below there, besides committing some petty depredations on the property of the loyal citizens of Allen County. Fears are entertained that they may sack and burn Humboldt, as we have no troops stationed there at present. The rebels engaged in these depredations are supposed to be a part of Livingston's old band, and to have crossed the State line near Baxter Springs, and marched up the Neosho valley. That they should be able to remain in the State and in the same neighborhood a week or so, is a little surprising. General Lane's plan of burning everything in that section would perhaps be the most effectual way of getting rid of them. But the people would probably protest that such heroic treatment for the cure of the disease would be worse than the disease itself. Colonel Thomas