men, women and children by the German Home Guards forced him to change his position and offer his services to Governor Jackson
for the defense of the State
and the protection of its people.
A few days later the governor announced the appointment of the following brigadier-generals
: Alexander W. Doniphan
, Monroe M. Parsons
, James S. Rains
, John B. Clark
, Merriwether L. Clark
, Nathaniel W. Watkins
, Beverly Randolph
, William Y. Slack
and James H. Mc-Bride
All of them were men of note in the State
and devoted to its interests.
Four of them—Doniphan, Parsons
, M. L. Clark
—had seen service and distinguished themselves in the Mexican
war. All of them received orders to enlist men in their respective districts and get them ready for service in the field.
Recruiting went on rapidly in the populous counties bordering on the Missouri river
, and volunteers, organized and unorganized, poured into the capital in a steady stream.
On the day General Price
was appointed commander more than a thousand were gathered at Jefferson City
, waiting to be mustered into the State Guard and take the field against the enemy.
Capt. Robert Mc-Culloch
brought several companies from Cooper county
, and Capt. D. H. McIntire
several from Callaway county
The Independence Grays
came from Jackson county
, and brought with them the four brass 6-pounders taken from the arsenal at Liberty.
Capt. Jo Kelly
's company of Irishmen, sent up from St. Louis
in charge of the arms bought by Quartermaster-General James Harding
, was still there.
The first regiment organized was composed of eight companies from the counties close around Jefferson City
It was designated the First regiment of Rifles, and John S. Marmaduke
was chosen to command it. Marmaduke
was born in Missouri
, and was a son of a former governor of the State
A West Pointer, and a lieutenant in the regular army when President Lincoln
called for 75,000 troops, he at once resigned and offered his services to the State