, which were as available as if they were in the State
This was a formidable force, and to oppose it the State
had less than a thousand organized troops, most of them armed with shotguns and hunting rifles.
Except a few hundred muskets and half a dozen field-pieces and some powder, it had no munitions of war, no commissary or quartermaster supplies, and no money with which to buy any.
But the prospect did not dismay the Southern Rights
men. They had been outwitted and beaten at politics and were determined to try the issue, sooner or later, with arms.
issued orders to the district commanders to hurry the organization of the troops in their districts, and to get them ready as quickly as possible for active service.
They were instructed that each regiment should carry the State
flag, which was to be made of blue merino, with the arms of the State
emblazoned in gold on each side.
But conservative citizens again came to the front and demanded a parley between leaders of the opposing forces.
At their intercession Governor Jackson
and General Price
asked for a conference with General Lyon
and Colonel Blair
; and again at their intercession the latter agreed to grant it, on the condition that it should be held in St. Louis
duct was sent them to and from that city.
The State was represented by Governor Jackson
, General Price
, and Col. Thomas L. Snead
of the governor's staff; the Federal
government, by General Lyon
, Colonel Blair
, and Maj. H. L. Conant
The conference was held at the Planter's House
, and Lyon
stated that Blair
would be the spokesman for the Federal
soon thrust Blair
aside, and took the lead in the discussion.
No understanding was reached, as it was evident from the beginning none would be. ‘Finally,’ says Colonel Snead
, ‘when the conference had lasted four or five hours, Lyon
closed it as he had opened it. “Rather,” said he, and he spoke deliberately, slowly and ’