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[411] 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 troops.

The State troops retired in good order, not more than three hundred having engaged in the skirmish. Some ten of the Federal troops were killed, and as many as from twenty to thirty wounded, some mortally.

Col. Marmaduke 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.

Gen. Parsons, 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 troops. Gov. Jackson 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's forces. 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.

Ben. McCulloch, it is stated, is now advancing between Springfield and Tipton with 10,000 men and 20,000 extra stand of arms. Gov. Jackson 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.

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