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Doc. 113.-the defeat of Quantrel near independence, Mo., March 22, 1862.

A writer gives the following account of this fight, in the Leavenworth Conservative:

camp Blair, near Shawnee, Sunday, March 28.
The bloody Second is on the tapis again. We have had a skirmish with those desperadoes under Quantrel, who have been committing so many outrages of late on the peaceful inhabitants of our State.

Reliable information having been given to Col. Mitchell that Quantrel and his band were within some twelve or fifteen miles of our camp, after burning the bridge on the Little Blue yesterday, and killing two men, Col. M., with his usual promptness, immediately started with three hundred of our men in pursuit of them, in three separate divisions, taking command of one himself and Majors Fisk and Pomeroy the other two. When within three miles east of Little Santa Fe. from information from our scouts, we found they had ensconced themselves in a large log-house, owned by a man by the name of Tate. He being away from home, his house was taken forcible possession of, and his family compelled to supply their wants; however, Col. Mitchell has brought him in prisoner, in case it should not turn out to be correct.

Major Pomeroy was ordered with the detachment under his command, about seventy men, to proceed to Tate's house, and arrest him and all others found there. When within a mile of the place he ordered them to dismount and proceed on foot. When within a few rods of the house, about ten P. M., they found it occupied by a force of some twenty-three men, judging from the horses, twenty-three in number, already saddled, which they immediately appropriated for the benefit of Uncle Sam, and then started them off under an escort for camp, which arrived safely here this morning.

The fight then commenced from the building, our men returning it with tremendous effect through the windows. Several were seen to fall. Women and children came rushing out, when Major Pomeroy, anxious to save their lives, exposed himself to the fire of those concealed in the house, and received a very serious wound in the [356] thigh, the ball passing completely through. One of our soldiers, named George Wills, of Captain Moore's company, was very seriously wounded, one ball passing through the arm, and receiving one buckshot in each thigh. However, our Assistant Surgeon, Dr. G. B. Wood, of Wyandott, by the foresight of Colonel Mitchell, having been taken with the command, in case of an attack, was then ready to administer to the wounded. An ambulance was started down to bring them up this morning, and they arrived at eight o'clock this evening, doing as well as could be expected, although both very low from the loss of blood. When Major Pomeroy fell, the order was given to fire the building, which was done instantly, with the purpose of driving them out. We captured nine prisoners, and from them learned that seven or eight were killed inside, and the building becoming enveloped in flames, it was found impossible to get them out. They were left to their fate — a just and terrible retribution to all who follow in their career. The remainder, some eight, including Quantrel, escaped, as he was seen again this morning, running his horse at a furious rate through a corn-field, in a southerly direction.

It seems there are several bands of these highway robbers infesting this section of country. The inhabitants seem to be terror-stricken when they hear of Quantrel being in their vicinity. I think their career is short, if the Kansas Second remains here much longer.


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