of men engaged in it as occurred anywhere, and shows the conditions under which recruiting was carried on in Missouri
Its immediate effect was to arouse the Fed. eral authorities in the State
to greater activity, and cause thousands of troops to be sent to that immediate district to run the recruiting officers out. Hays
and Coffee and Cockrell
hastily gathered their men together and started southward.
They had neither the organization nor the ammunition to make a stand where they were.
It was a race—a contest of physical endurance and pluck—to reach the Ozark mountain
The Confederates won, as they had to win. Those who gave out and fell behind, died as surely as they were captured.
the different commands encamped and set about the work of organization in earnest.
There were enough recruits to make three regiments, composed of as good soldierly material as could be found anywhere.
Jo O. Shelby
was chosen colonel of the Lafayette county
regiment; B. F. Gordon
; and George Kirtley
The Jackson county regiment elected Upton Hays
, colonel; Beal G. Jeans
; and Charles Gilkey
The southwest regiment elected John T. Coffee
, colonel; John C. Hooper
; and George W. Nichols
sent a staff officer to organize the three regiments into a Missouri cavalry brigade, of which Col. Jo O. Shelby
was given the command.
Other regiments were also raised in other parts of the State
for both the infantry and cavalry service.
Col. John Q. Burbridge
raised a fine cavalry regiment, composed mostly of recruits from north of the Missouri river
. Wm. L. Jeffers
raised another cavalry regiment in southeastern Missouri
, composed of the best material.
Col. Colton Greene
raised another, just as good in every respect.
Lieut.-Col. Merritt Young
raised a battalion, composed largely of men from northwest Missouri