killed, captured, or dispersed his entire command.
, after wandering alone through the woods for several days, was made a prisoner; and Porter
, driven back upon McNeil
by the same movement of Gen. Loan
, was compelled to disperse his band to save it from destruction.
This was the last appearance of the Rebels
in formidable force northward of the Missouri river
; though small bands of guerrillas continued to plunder and murder there, as elsewhere, for more than a year.
Independence, on the western border of the State
, was about this time attacked1
by a Rebel band of 500 to 800, under Col. Hughes
; and its garrison, 312 men of the 7th Missouri cavalry, was surrendered by Lt.-Col. Buel
, after a short resistance.
, with 1,500 Rebel cavalry from Arkansas
, early in August, invaded south-western Missouri
, and, avoiding Springfield
, moved rapidly northward.
Col. Clark Wright
, 6th Missouri cavalry, was sent with 1,200 men in pursuit; Gen. Totten
being directed by Schofield
to strike the band which had just captured Independence, before it could be joined by Coffey
; while Gen. Blunt
, commanding in Arkansas
, was requested to send a force from Fort Scott
, to cooperate in cutting off Coffey
's retreat; and Col. Fitz-Henry Warren
, 1st Iowa cavalry, was dispatched from Clinton
with 1,500 men to effect a junction with Maj. Foster
; who, with the 7th militia cavalry, 800 strong, had been pushed out from Lexington
, in quest of Hughes
These combinations upon our side failed most signally.
united their forces and fought Maj. Foster
at Lone Jack, Jackson county
, wounded and defeated him, with the loss of his two guns, and compelled him to fall back to Lexington
, upon which place Coffey
was advancing with an army now augmented to 4,500 men; when, finding that Gen. Blunt
was in strong force, threatening his line of retreat, while Loan
's and Wright
's and other commands were concentrating upon him from every direction, he relinquished the hope of capturing Lexington
and relieving the Rebels
north of the river, and turned to fly. Eluding Gen. Blunt
in the night, he was hotly pursued to the Arkansas
line, but escaped without serious disaster.
was soon after2
superseded in the command of the department, by Gen. Curtis
, but immediately placed at the head of the forces confronting the enemy in the south-west, where the Rebels
, now led by Gen. T. C. Hindman
were threatening a fresh invasion.
Setting forward from Springfield4
to reconnoiter the enemy's position, Gen. Salomon
's advance had been overwhelmed at Newtonia
by a large body of Rebel cavalry.
had thereupon moved forward to their support, and renewed the battle at noon; fighting until sunset without serious loss, ultimately retiring in good order from the field.
He estimated his strength at 4,500, and the enemy's in his front at 7,000. Gen. Schofield
, being reenforced by Gen. Blunt
, found himself at the head of 10,000 men; while the Rebels
were estimated at 13,000 to 20,000.
He resolved to advance the night and attack at daylight next morning; Gen. Blunt