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August 30. Lieut.-Colonel Clark, with the Ninth Kansas cavalry, returned to Kansas City, from the pursuit of Quantrell, through Jackson, Cass, and Johnson Counties, Missouri, having killed, during his expedition, forty of the perpetrators of the Lawrence massacre.
eet-Captain Oscar C. Badger, the successor of Captain Rodgers, was injured by the explosion of a shell. An engagement took place at the Devil's Back-Bone, a point sixteen miles from Fort Smith, Arkansas, between a portion of the army of General Blunt, under Colonel Cloud, and the rebel forces under Cabell, in which the latter was routed with a loss of twenty-five killed and forty wounded. The National loss was two killed and twelve wounded and missing.--Fort Smith, Ark., was captured by the Union forces under General Blunt.--(Doc. 179.) A force of rebel cavalry crossed the Upper Potomac, at Edwards's Ferry, Va., and captured a large number of cattle, which, however, they were unable to carry off, being pursued by the National forces.--six hundred persons, chiefly heads of families, and resident in Kansas City and vicinity, who were believed to be aiders and abettors of the rebellion, or strong sympathizers with it, were ordered to remove from the district, by General Ewing.
illing fourteen. The command remained at Lawrenceburgh awaiting orders until nine o'clock P. M. on the eleventh instant, when we took up our line of march for Westport via Eminence and Lagrange, reaching Westport at twelve o'clock at midnight, having marched seventy-three miles over a very rough and hilly road, with but four hoWestport at twelve o'clock at midnight, having marched seventy-three miles over a very rough and hilly road, with but four hours halt at Eminence for rest, feed, and water. At Westport, Charles Laturner, private, company G, was accidentally shot through the body, and was left at that place under proper care. Morgan having crossed the Ohio River into Indiana, we took transports on Sunday morning, the twelfth instant, for Madison, Indiana, in order Westport, Charles Laturner, private, company G, was accidentally shot through the body, and was left at that place under proper care. Morgan having crossed the Ohio River into Indiana, we took transports on Sunday morning, the twelfth instant, for Madison, Indiana, in order to cut him off, leaving behind company I, of my command, a portion of the Ninth, with all our extra baggage, wagons, etc., in command of Colonel David, not having transportation sufficient for the entire command. At Madison we found Morgan had got ahead of us, so we moved on to Lawrenceburgh, Indiana, where Major Mix was sent out
more favorable circumstances. Putting spurs to his horse, he was soon out of sight. He was dressed in a dark-colored shirt, blue blouse, and had on a black hat. After Quantrell left, four of his men came back and said they were determined to kill some one out of the crowd — didn't much care who; that they had been promised the privilege of killing all they pleased, and through some reason, Quantrell had been humbugged. One of the party said that he had a sister killed in the prison at Kansas City, and another said that he had a sister shot by Union men; the third said he wanted to kill Miss Lydia Stone, the landlord's daughter; the fourth was a sober man, and seemed anxious to help save the lives of those in the house. It seems that one of the party had forcibly taken possession of a gold ring from Miss Stone, and she informed Quantrell of the fact, who told the fellow if he did not hand it over he would shoot him. But Miss Stone escaped. They wanted also to kill Mr. R. S. Steve
95, ante. headquarters District of the border, Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 31, 1863. Lieutenant-Colonel C. W. March, A. . M., going west. Aubrey is thirty-five miles south of Kansas City, and about forty-five miles south-east of Lawrence. KaKansas City is somewhat further from Lawrence. Captain Pike, commanding two companies at Aubrey, received information of thet fifty men, (which was all that could be got here and at Westport,) started southward, and at daylight heard, at Olathe, tw before. Half an hour before Major Plumb started from Kansas City on the night of the twenty-first, Captain Palmer, eleventh Kansas, was sent by him from Westport, with fifty men of his company, down the line to near Aubrey, where he met a messen This latter force had been collected by Major Thacher at Westport, and despatched from there at noon on Friday the twenty-fnds of Coleman and Clark. Major Thacher, commanding at Westport, when news arrived that Quantrell was returning by way of
n presence of this man Quantrell, and heard him say, that he never did and never would take any prisoners, and was boasting of the number of captured soldiers he had caused to be shot, stating particulars, etc. These facts should be published to the civilized world, that all may know the character of the people against whom we are contending. I would also respectfully call the attention of the General Commanding to the fact that passes in and out of the posts of Sedalia, Springfield, and Kansas City, signed by the commanders of the posts, and also permits to carry arms, were found on the bodies of a number of the rebels killed in the fight, and from them and other papers there is no doubt but that a portion of Quantrell's force was made up of persons belonging to the Missouri militia. I desire to take special notice of the bravery and coolness of Lieutenant James B. Pond, company C, Third Wisconsin cavalry, commanding the camp, Sergeant R. McKenzie, of company C, Third Wisconsin cav
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Resume of military operations in Missouri and Arkansas, 1864-65. (search)
with a force of about two thousand men from Kansas City to join General Brown, and picked up some ong the eastern border of the State south of Kansas City, and urged Governor Carney, of Kansas, to cf the Big Blue back upon the State line and Kansas City, Pleasonton's cavalry came up and attacked the west side of the Big Blue, just south of Westport. Pleasonton's cavalry encamped that night arg Blue. Curtis's forces were encamped from Kansas City to Westport and along the State line west oWestport and along the State line west of Westport. At daylight on the 23d the columns of Pleasonton began to move west, and those of CurWestport. At daylight on the 23d the columns of Pleasonton began to move west, and those of Curtis to move south, and in a short time afterward they became warmly engaged with the Confederates, wline of battle two and a half miles south of Westport. The opposing armies fought over an area of rd down the line road. After the battle near Westport the cavalry of Curtis and Pleasonton kept up empt to make a stand. His line of march from Westport to Newtonia was strewn with the debris of a r
tate. But he did not escape. He owned the press and office of the Parkville Luminary, a paper which supported the party, or the wing of the party, of which Benton was the peerless chief. In one number of the Luminary a paragraph appeared condemning the course of the invaders of Kansas. Enough! The press was destroyed and thrown into the river by a mob of pro-slavery ruffians. Col. Park also got notice to leave, and was compelled to fly for his life. I went over to Parkville from Kansas city, Missouri, to attend to some business there. I had previously made the acquaintance of several of its ruffian citizens. I rode into the town about one o'clock. After stabling my horse, and getting dinner at the hotel, I walked leisurely through the town. I saw a crowd of about twenty men before the door of Col. Summers' office. The Colonel —— everybody in that region has a military title — is a justice of the peace, and has never, I believe, been engaged in any martial strife. I w<
as murdered and a ruffian appointed in his place, and the other (Shoemaker) was first supplanted by a ruffian and then murdered. Mr. Shannon, his successor, who signalized his disembarkment by proclaiming, from the door of a common tavern in Westport, that he was in favor of slavery and the laws of the Missourians, as represented by the Shawnee Territorial legislature, was retained in office and sustained by the party, although notoriously incapable and a sot, until the record of his innumerbeen recently rewarded still further for his services in Kansas by the Marshalship of Arrizonia Territory. Clarkson, notorious as a bully and ballot-box stuffer, long held the office of Postmaster of the city of Leavenworth. Col. Boone, of Westport, who made himself conspicuous, in 1856, in raising ruffian recruits in Missouri, for the purpose of invading Kansas, was Postmaster of that place until he retired from business. He was succeeded by II. Clay Pate, the correspondent of the Mis
e State, a violent and general indignation of the borderers was thereby excited. Among others, a meeting was held at Westport, Mo., early in July, 1854, which adopted the following: Resolved, That this association will, whenever called upon by vernor of Ohio over Thomas Corwin, in 1842, of Ohio, was appointed in his stead. On his way to Kansas, he stopped at Westport, Mo., the headquarters of border ruffianism, and made a speech to those who crowded about him. In that speech, he declared, who swore that he was in fear of his life. The arrest was made by a party headed by Samuel J. Jones, postmaster at Westport, Mo., and one of the foremost in the conspiracy by which Kansas had been so far subjugated to Border-Ruffian rule through m, Col. Titus, from Florida, Col. Wilkes, from South Carolina, Gen. String-fellow, a Virginian, Col. Boone, hailing from Westport, and many others of local and temporary fame. The entire force was about 800 strong, having possession of Mount Oread,
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