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if they had chosen to learn the lesson.
The State had found it necessary during the preceding fall to keep a considerable military force on its southwestern frontier to protect the lives and property of the people of the border counties from the predatory and murderous incursions of armed bands of Kansans.
So bitter was the feeling of the Free State men of Kansas that they never allowed an opportunity to harass, plunder and murder the people of Missouri to pass unimproved.
A certain Captain Montgomery, with an indefinite force under him, was particularly active in this congenial work.
The only organized and armed force which the State had was Gen. D. M. Frost's skeleton brigade, of St. Louis.
It was a fine body of men—a little army in itself, composed of infantry, artillery and cavalry—and General Frost, who was a native of New York, was a graduate of West Point.
Though the brigade did not fight any battles, Frost was an intelligent officer and a strict disciplinarian, and his ca