side of the river, just before daylight, with a section of artillery, and before Clark
had opened the fight disabled a steamboat loaded with clothing and army stores, and kept her under his guns until Harding
As soon as Clark
's detachment joined the main body, General Price
moved into Lafayette county
being his objective point.
En route, on the Salt Fork
's command met Gen. Jim Lane
, who had come down from Leavenworth
in force to annihilate Price
There was no commander in the Federal
army whom Shelby
was more anxious to meet than Lane
, and his officers and men were as anxious as he was. Gordon
's and Elliott
's regiments of the old brigade, and Jackman
's brigade, joined in the charge and vied with each other in the fierceness of their assaults.
led the charge in person, and it was a running fight almost from the first.
was driven through Lafayette county
, and did not consider himself safe until he reached Independence, in Jackson county
On the advance from Salt Fork
, Gen. Jeff Thompson
, with Shelby
's brigade, made a detour to Sedalia
to take in Col. John F. Philips
and his command, who held the town.
took the town, and Philips
was so closely pressed that he left his pistols behind, which Thompson
All this time danger was gathering fast around the army.
had come on the railroad to Sedalia
with a strong force, and was advancing on Price
from the east.
Another heavy force had been concentrated at Leavenworth
under command of General Curtis
, and was advancing to meet him from the west.
These two forces were rapidly approaching, with Price
, however, did not quicken his leisurely gait or appear in the least disturbed.
At the crossing of the Little Blue, a few miles below Independence, October 21st, Marmaduke
had a stubborn fight with a brigade of Colorado
troops under command of General