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Engagement at Boonville, MO
in the American Civil War
June 17, 1861

Online Books:
Official Records, Union and Confederate Reports (Pages 11-14)
The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, by the United States War Department, 1880

Union Battle Summary

Boonville, MO., June 17, 1861. Missouri Volunters, Totten's Battery, and Three Companies of Infantry. The Union troops, under the command of Brig.-Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, of the U.S. Army, had gone to Jefferson City to engage the state troops led by Gov. Jackson. Upon arriving at the capital Lyon was informed that Jackson had retreated in the direction of Boonville. Leaving three companies of Col. Boernstein's regiment at Jefferson City he proceeded by boat up the river to within about 6 miles of Boonville, where he disembarked the greater part of his force, leaving one company of Blair's regiment and a small detachment of artillery to continue by water, while he, with about 1,700 men, marched against the town by land. When within 2 miles of the town Lyon found his further progress disputed by a body of state troops under the command of Col. Marmaduke. The force of Marmaduke was not strong enough, however, to offer serious resistance, and after a short skirmish fell back to the town. The entire Confederate force there was then driven out and Lyon occupied the place. The Union loss was 2 killed, 9 wounded, and 15 missing, and the Confederate loss 25 killed, 50 wounded and 20 captured. This occurrence ended the power of Gov. Jackson in the state.

Source: The Union Army, Volume 5, Cyclopedia of Battles, 1908


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