sabers, pistols, cavalry horses, equipments, wagons, teams, ammunition, commissary and quartermaster stores and other property.
In addition to these things, General Price
came into possession of the great seal of the State
, of public records and nearly a million dollars which had been taken from the bank at Lexington
by General Fremont
The money was returned to the bank and the State
's property well cared for. The loss of the Missourians was about 150 killed and wounded, and that of the Federals
about the same.
Both sides fought mostly under cover, and the casualties consequently were not great.
The officers and men were paroled, except Colonel Mulligan
He refused to accept a parole on the ground that his government did not recognize the Missourians as belligerents, and he and his wife became the guests of General Price
and were treated with the greatest courtesy by him and his officers.
After the first day's fight at Lexington
, while General Price
was camped at the fair grounds awaiting the arrival of his camp and ammunition trains, a spirited affair occurred at Blue Mills
, about thirty miles above Lexington
learned that about 2,000 Kansas
jayhawkers, under Lane
, and a considerable force of regular cavalry were advancing to relieve Mulligan
At the same time a body of some 2,500 Missourians, under command of Colonel Saunders
, was advancing to the assistance of Price
sent Gen. David R. Atchison
, at one time president of the United States Senate, to meet the Missourians and hurry them forward.
They reached the river at Blue Mills
first, and all but 500 had crossed on the ferryboat.
While these 500 were waiting for an opportunity to cross, the enemy came upon them, and there was nothing for them to do but surrender or fight it out where they stood.
They chose to fight.
The river bottom was heavily timbered, which gave them cover and a chance to use their shotguns and hunting rifles to advantage.
For an hour they