Doc. 148. affair at Clark's Station, Mo.
camp of the First Kansas, Tipton, Mo., November 11.Last night a band of rebels, armed and mounted, broke open and plundered the store of a loyal citizen, at Clark's Station, seven miles east of this post. They fled toward the South, taking with them a large amount of valuable goods. On receiving information of the robbery, Col. Deitzler sent a squad of cavalry in pursuit, under charge of Lieut. Shriver. Toward night, ten of the party returned, bringing three prisoners, four horses, one mule, six guns, a portion of the stolen goods, and some money. On emerging from a piece of timber they came upon the robber gang, some ten miles out, at a house where they had halted. Four of the rebels were caught trying to beat a retreat, leaving the plunder scattered about the place. The rest of the herd, numbering twelve or fifteen, scampered off with forty of our party in hot pursuit. One of the prisoners, persuaded by the sight of a rope and some remarks from the Lieut.--the nature and force of which will be conceived by those who know this plucky officer — made a clean breast of it, giving information of a large portion of the booty stored in the house of an accomplice eight miles beyond, and consented to act as a guide to the place. This evening the rest of the party came in with five more of the robbers, their horses and their arms, four Government mules found in their possession, and a large quantity of the plunder, having travelled about thirty miles, and visited many houses scattered over the country through which they passed, in which nearly all the inhabitants are virulent secessionists. They captured all of the gang engaged in the depredation of whom they got sight, except one who being well mounted, made his escape.