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