them abandoned to the enemy; while the Rebels
reported their loss at 40 to 50 killed and 125 to 150 wounded. Sigel
, now outnumbered three or four to one, was constrained to continue his retreat, by Mount Vernon
, to Springfield
; where Gen. Lyon
, who had been delayed by lack of transportation, joined and outranked him on the 10th.
Meantime, Gen. Harris
's Brigadier for north-eastern Missouri
, had rallied a considerable force at Paris
, near the Mississippi
, and hence commenced the work of destroying the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad. Col. Smith
's Union force attacked him on the 10th at Palmyra
, whence Harris
fell back to Monroe
, fifiteen miles west, where he destroyed much of the railroad property.
Here he was again attacked by Smith
, and worsted, losing one gun and 75 prisoners. He thereupon disappeared; but continued actively organizing guerrilla parties, and sending them out to harass and plunder Unionists
, destroying their property through all this section, until he finally joined Price
, with 2,700 men, at the siege of Lexington
In fact, all over Missouri
, partisan fights and guerrilla outrages were now the order of the day.
The State Convention reassembled at Jefferson City
July 20th, and proceeded--52 to 28--to declare1
the offices of Governor, Lieut. Governor
, Secretary of State
, with those of members of the Legislature, vacant by the treason of their occupants, and all the acts of said Executive and Legislature, in contravention of the Federal Constitution
, and in hostility to the Union
, null and void.
They designated the first Monday of the November ensuing as a day of election, whereat the people should ratify or disapprove this decisive action ; and, meantime, elected Hamilton R. Gamble
Governor, Willard P. Hall Lieut. Governor
, and Mordecai Oliver Secretary of State
These officers were that day inaugurated, and the Convention
, immediately thereupon, adjourned to the third Monday in December.
Their action was ratified, of course, and the functionaries above named continued in their respective offices.
These proceedings were met by a proclamation from the Rebel Lieut. Governor
, styling himself acting Governor, dated New Madrid, July 31st; wherein he declares that he has been absent for two months,as a Commissioner of Missouri
to the Confederate States
, and that now
I return to the State, to accompany, in my official capacity, one of the armies which the warrior statesman.2 whose genius now presides over the affairs of our half of the Union, has prepared to advance against the common foe. * * *
I particularly address myself to those who, though Southerners in feeling, have permitted a love of peace to lead them astray from the State cause.
You now see the State authorities about to assert, with powerful forces, their constitutional rights; you behold the most warlike population on the globe, the people of the lower Mississippi valley, about to rush, with their gleaming bowie-knives and unerring rifles, to aid us in driving out the Abolitionists and their Hessian allies.
If you cordially join our Southern friends, the war must soon depart Missouri's borders; if you still continue, either in apathy, or in indirect support of the Lincoln Government, you only bring ruin upon yourselves by fruitlessly prolonging the contest.
The road to peace and internal security is only through union with the South.
We will receive you as brothers, and let bygones be bygones.
Rally to the Stars and liars in union with our glorious ensign of the Grizzly Bear!
followed this (August 6th)