and in less than half an hour the bill was passed by both houses and signed by the governor.
During the night the church bells rang out and the legislature met again, and was informed by the governor that it was believed the enemy was advancing on the capital from St. Louis
In the midst of great excitement a bill was passed authorizing the governor ‘to take such measures as he might deem necessary to repel invasion or put down rebellion,’ and $30,000 was appropriated to enable him to execute the powers conferred upon him.
When the governor learned that the arsenal had passed beyond his reach, he requested Quartermaster-General James Harding
to go to St. Louis
and buy all the arms and ammunition he could find there.
That officer had before reported to the governor that the only arms the State
owned, except a few muskets in the hands of the militia, were two 6-pounder guns, without limbers or caissons, about one thousand muskets, forty sabers and forty light swords of an antique Roman pattern, which were neither useful nor ornamental.
In St. Louis
he purchased several hundred hunting rifles, some camp and garrison equipage and about seventy tons of powder-all of which was shipped to Jefferson City
, guarded by Capt. Jo Kelly
Now that Blair
were levying war on the State
in the most unmistakable manner, this was the condition the people were in for defense.
After the capture of Camp Jackson, the excitement was more intense in St. Louis
than in Jefferson City
In the afternoon of that day a regiment of Home Guards, returning from the arsenal to its barracks in the northern part of the city, halted for a few moments at the corner of Sixth and Walnut streets, and in reply to a pistol shot fired on Fifth street, again fired into a crowd of citizens who had stopped to see it pass.
Eight men were killed and many wounded.
The next day another Home Guard regiment fired into a crowd on Sixth street between Pine and Olive streets, and again several citizens