Federals control of it from Kansas City
to its mouth, and placed a formidable barrier in the way of recruits from the north side of it reaching Price
It was now a race for the southwestern part of the State
—the rugged hills of the Ozark mountain
country—between the unorganized and unarmed Southern men, and Lyon
and his thoroughly equipped forces, with the knowledge on the part of the Southern
men that there was a considerable army under Sweeny
there, the object of which was to capture or kill them.
The governor, with Generals Parsons
, started to Warsaw
was threatened by Lyon
, and 3,000 troops, regulars and Kansas
volunteers, from Fort Leavenworth
At this time General Price
was seriously sick, which added to the complexities and dangers of the situation.
But, with his staff and a small escort, he set out for Arkansas
to see Gen. Ben McCulloch
, who commanded Confederate troops in that section, and if possible induce him to come to the assistance of the broken and scattered Missourians.
He left General Rains
in command of the State
troops at Lexington
, with orders to move them as rapidly as possible to Lamar, in Barton county
had need to move quickly and rapidly, because Lyon
was threatening him from the east and Major Sturgis
, with 900 Federal dragoons and two regiments of Kansas
volunteers, from the west.
When Governor Jackson
and his party, 250 or 300 in number, got to Warsaw
, they halted to ascertain what had become of General Price
and the main body of the army.
Good news—the first gleam of sunlight that had fallen upon the adherents of the Southern
cause in the State
—reached him. At Cold Camp, some 20 miles from Warsaw
, was encamped a regiment of German
Home Guards, commanded by Colonel Cook
, a brother of the Cook
who was executed in Virginia
with John Brown
The object of Cook
was to intercept Governor Jackson
's party or any other body of Southern men making their way southward