It was important to hold it in order to keep lines of communication between the northern and southern portions open.
It was not doubted that when the Confederate
authorities learned there was an army friendly to their cause struggling to hold Missouri
, the Confederate forces along the southern border of the State
would be massed and sent to their relief.
The plan was to check the advance of the enemy at Booneville
, and make a determined stand at Lexington
Gen. John B. Clark
was ordered to rendezvous his men at Booneville
, the other district commanders at some convenient point in their respective districts, and hold them ready for immediate service.
caused the bridges over the Osage
and Gasconade rivers
, between St. Louis
and Jefferson City
, to be destroyed, and ordered General Parsons
, who had a small force under his command, to retire along the Pacific railroad, west of Jefferson City
, and delay the enemy if they attempted to advance on that line.
and the governor, with their staff officers, together with Captain Kelly
's command, went to Booneville
on a steamer.
There General Clark
had collected several hundred men, and others came in during the next two days, most of whom belonged to Marmaduke
's regiment, which had been organized at Jefferson City
, and had been sent to their homes when the Price-Harney
agreement was made.
Just at this time information of the death of Col. Edmunds B. Holloway
, who had collected a considerable body of men in Jackson county
, was received.
A company of dragoons from Fort Leavenworth
approached his camp at the crossing of the Little Blue, and a skirmish took place, in which Colonel Holloway
and one of his men were killed and several others wounded.
was an accomplished soldier, a graduate of West Point
, and not long before had resigned his commission in the army.
He was universally popular, and the State
had great expectations of him and felt his loss deeply.
The affair in which