time to come up and citizens an opportunity to leave with their families if they chose.
, satisfied of his inability with the force at his disposal to seriously impede Lyon
's advance, and appreciating the fact that his failure to do so would be magnified into a defeat of the State
troops and have a discouraging effect on their friends throughout the State
, had already protested against making a stand at Booneville
He thought the troops at Lexington
and those at Booneville
, with such reinforcements as might join them, should retire behind the Osage river
in the vicinity of Warsaw
, where they could offer Lyon
battle on more equal terms.
But the governor insisted on fighting at Booneville
, and Marmaduke
The opposing forces met a few miles below the town.
's advance at first, and compelled him to deploy his infantry and bring up his artillery.
had no artillery, and Lyon
, soon discovering that, shelled him at long range at his leisure.
then withdrew to a stronger position nearer the town, where he made another stand and again compelled Lyon
to form in line of battle.
The infantry firing here was sharp, and, after a brisk engagement, the governor ordered Marmaduke
to fall back to the city, which he did in good order, considering this was the first time his men had been under fire.
The loss was about twenty-five killed and wounded on each side.
The engagement, altogether, lasted about two hours. The Federal force outnumbered the State
troops four to one.
They were thoroughly armed and equipped, and had two batteries, while the State
troops were half organized, half-armed and without artillery.
The affair was nothing more than a skirmish, and under the circumstances the advantage was with the State
, and all the influences favorable to him, represented it as a great victory for the Federal
arms, and it had a most depressing effect on the Southern Rights
It compelled, too, the State
forces to abandon the Missouri river
, giving the