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The Daily Dispatch: February 15, 1864., [Electronic resource], Quantrell's Exodus from Missouri--the Blount fight. (search)
They grew at times boisterous under the sense of security from immediate danger, and amused themselves daily with displaying the Federal flag, and enticing to its benignant folds the stupid negro or treacherous Pin. The flag was a good bait to hold out to Indians and negroes, for both flocked to the standard as readily as a dish of honey attracts flies and insects. But they never return to tell their mistake; nigger and Pin fared alike, and both were left dead side by side. On the 10th of October, without guide or compass, without the slightest knowledge of the country, but marching in good order — for the "sign" was getting fresh — they suddenly came upon a party of Federals tearing down some houses belonging to the exiled Ridge party. A dozen or more unsuspecting Pins and negroes, with a few Feds, came up to the advance guard of the guerillas, but the larger portion, not liking the "lay out," and scenting the danger, fled towards the fort, which Col. Quantrell had not yet disc