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The Daily Dispatch: February 15, 1864., [Electronic resource], Quantrell's Exodus from Missouri--the Blount fight. (search)
Quantrell's Exodus from Missouri--the Blount fight. A correspondent of the Texas Telegraph, who is contributing to that paper "Sketches of Quantrell's Men," gives the following account of the Blount affair, the fullest we have yet seen from a Confederate source: Towards the middle of September the guerillas reunited at Blackwater, and were ready in a few hours to leave the rendezvous for their march South. Cold nights and occasional frost had warned them to leave Missouri, and like poor houseless birds of passage, beaten by the pitiless storm, they sought a more genial clime, where the grass was green and Federals less numerous. Missouri would afford no shelter or safety after winter had set in; the bare and leafless forests no hiding places, and the pure driven snow would afford to the enemy the best means of tracking the hunted and hungry guerillas whenever they should leaves their holes in search of food. Outlawed by an order of General Blount, proscribed by every Yan