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Doc. 55. the mistake at Glasgow, Mo.

A correspondent of the St. Louis Evening News gives the following account of this affair: [145]

Jefferson City, Sept. 21, 1861.
To the evening News: I have just returned from an expedition, which proved a second Bethel affair. The steamer War Eagle, in company with the steamers White Cloud and Desmoines, left Jefferson City last Wednesday, on an expedition up the river. The War Eagle had on board six companies of the Twenty-second and a portion of the Eighteenth Indiana regiments, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Hendricks; on board of the White Cloud and Desmoines were the Twenty-sixth regiment Indiana Volunteers, under command of Colonel Wheatly.

We arrived at Booneville at three o'clock the morning of the 16th instant, at which place we transferred to the Iatan the troops of the Eighteenth regiment Indiana Volunteers, and took aboard the remainder of the Twenty-second Indiana. The Iatan also received the balance of the Eighteenth Indiana.

Every thing being in readiness, the expedition again started up the river. The troops on board the War Eagle and Iatan (Twenty-second and Eighteenth Indiana) were under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Hendricks, of the Twenty-second; those on the White Cloud and Desmoines (Twenty-sixth regiment Indiana) being under command of Colonel Wheatly.

Colonel Hendricks' command was destined to Glasgow and Cambridge, and to reconnoitre about the neighborhood of those places. Colonel Wheatley's was bound for Lexington. Every thing went on smoothly; we passed the towns of Arrow Rock and Saline without any trouble — in fact they were almost entirely deserted, the town of Saline in particular. There was not a single person in it — the stores and houses all closed. Late in the evening of the 19th we landed about five miles below Glasgow. Three companies were detached from the War Eagle and three from the Iatan, under command of Major Tanner, of the Twenty-second, as a scouting party to go to Glasgow and surround the place.

At the same time, and unknown to Colonel Hendricks, a picket guard of about sixty men was sent out by Colonel Wheatly. The consequence was that the parties met in the woods, a short distance from where the boats were lying, and the scene at Great Bethel was reenacted. Mistaking each other for enemies they commenced firing, and for some ten or fifteen minutes the firing was incessant. Before they found out their mistake, three troops of the Eighteenth and one of the Twenty-second were killed, and seven or eight wounded. Among the wounded was Major Tanner, of the Twenty-second; the wound is a severe one, and he is not expected to live.

When the firing commenced the excitement on the boats was intense, and great confusion ensued. After a while the scouting party returned, bringing in their wounded and killed. About twelve o'clock the same evening the picket guard which had been stationed near the edge of the wood and belonging to the command of Colonel Wheatly, hailed some party, and getting no answer, fired a gun, and immediately the troops under Colonel W., whom he had stationed around his boats, (White Cloud and Desmoines,) opened fire in the direction of the supposed enemy.

Colonel Hendricks immediately ordered the boat to back out, which was done, not taking time to take in stage or untie line. We dropped down a short distance, but perceiving that the other boats made no movement, we steamed up again and ascertained that the alarm was a false one. It was thought advisable to go down the river a short distance and lay up for the night. We steamed down to the town of Saline and tied up, and the other boats soon followed.


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