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“The Gate City,” Keokuk, Iowa

July 24, 1861 p.2, c.1

Skirmishing in Clark County, MO.

Croton, Tuesday July 23.

            Mr. Editor: The Northeast Missouri regiment, composed of the Croton Guards, Warsaw Guards, Sand Prairie Co., and the Home Guards of Clark Co., have just arrived at Athens, having cleaned the northern part of Clark Co. of the rebels and wandered as far as Etna in Scotland Co., which was taken Sunday evening without the loss of a man on our side – the rebels shooting too high.  After delivering one volley they fled.  There were 50 of them, mounted.  We learn that our troops killed 1 and wounded 1.

            The prairies near our line of march were scoured by our cavalry, one man being shot and wounded slightly in the shoulder.  This was the only injury received by our men.  We learn that four or five rebels were killed.  Our scouts captured several horses, hats, guns and prisoners.  On arriving at Athens all the rebels that had not fled previously were arrested.  Two secession flags were found in private houses.  I neglected to mention that we cut down the secession pole in Etna and took the streamer, which had “Jefferson Davis” on it.  It is now in possession of the Warsaw Greys, who are to return it, after being exhibited in Warsaw to the Croton Company, who were sharers in the capture.  Col. Moore now awaits reinforcements to march on Memphis [MO].  F.

            The Warsaw Greys, mentioned above, arrived in Keokuk last night, on the cars from Croton, and as they marched through the streets, showing that rebel flag, they were loudly cheered.

            Another letter from Croton says that there are 300 Union troops at Luray waiting re-enforcements, while Col. Moore, with several companies, is waiting for more men at Athens.  He intends to join the forces at Luray and then march on Memphis.

            It is reported that the Union flag is still flying in Memphis and that the Union company commands the place.  But this is doubtful.

            Col. Moore has about 30 prisoners and will deal with them in a military way.  Dr. Harlan, of Athens, was captured, while attempting to flee.  Judge Caldwell and Esq. Bobbett couldn’t be found.  Capt. Baker and one Morland left early one morning, with carpet sack in hand, half scared to death.  Col. Moore and his men will soon clear the whole region of rebels.