258 1/2.-the battle of Booneville.
--St. Louis Democrat
A secession account.
An eye-witness of the fight at Booneville
, on Monday last, at 8 A. M., about six miles below that town, gives the subjoined facts:
was ill on Sunday, and issued an order for the retirement of the State
troops towards Arkansas
He, himself, left for his home, at Brunswick
The forces under General Lyon
landed near Rocheport
, on the south side of the Missouri River
, and marched thence toward Booneville
A few companies of State troops met them about six miles below Booneville
, and attacked Lyon
's forces, Company B, Blair
's regiment, being the party receiving the fire.
About ten of said company were killed and wounded, as the result of that fire.
The company firing then retreated.
Several other State companies, at this point of time, kept firing from different directions on Lyon
then planted his cannon, and fired about twenty rounds on the State
troops, using grape and ball.
None of the State
troops were killed by this cannonading, so far as is known.
But those who were
seeking the State
troops, to join in the fight, were made prisoners to the number of fifteen or twenty, and three are known to be killed.
These prisoners were taken, and the men killed after a retreat was ordered by the officers commanding the State
The State troops retired in good order, not more than three hundred having engaged in the skirmish.
of the Federal
troops were killed, and as many as from twenty to thirty wounded, some mortally.
commanded the State
troops; and Gov. Jackson
was in person on the ground.
No cannon were captured by the Federal
troops; all having been saved, except some pieces which were thrown into the river, these having been placed in position on the river, four miles south of Booneville
, with some fifteen pieces of ordnance, was advancing to meet the State
troops, at the time they were retreating.
All these were saved.
No word of disbanding the State
troops was ever heard of; nor of the flight of Governor Jackson
, who, on the contrary, coolly remained two hours after the retreat of the State
is now with his men; the order to retreat was given on Sunday, purely as a strategic movement; while some of the boys determined to have the fun of making the invaders smell burning gunpowder anyhow; and the attack was made with the distinct purpose of retreating immediately afterward.
It was currently reported at Booneville
that Gen. Lyon
remarked, if the fire of the State
troops had been continued, he must have ordered a retreat.
The Federal forces stood their ground and returned the fire; but the State
troops were covered by a woodland, and fired from different directions on Lyon
has now possession of Booneville
, and has issued a proclamation.
The State troops are concentrating at a point fifteen or twenty miles west of Booneville
, and are organizing, and preparing fully for the conflict.
, it is stated, is now advancing between Springfield
with 10,000 men and 20,000 extra stand of arms.
intends to deal kindly and humanely, not only with any prisoners who may be taken in battle, but with all those citizens of Missouri
, whether native or adopted, who have been misled and deceived by the wicked teachings of the enemies of the State
and its institutions.
Those men who have been forced by want of bread to enter the Federal
service, have nothing to fear, either in war or peace, from the civil government of the State
, or from the State
troops, who may be made prisoners of war.--Louisville (Ky.) Courier
, June 26.