Wednesday, December 21, 2011

150 YEARS AGO: Colonel wounded during skirmishes along North Missouri Railroad

ALLEN - Lt. Col. Erastus Morse was wounded by buckshot when he dashed after a fleeing guerrilla caught destroying the track of the North Missouri Railroad.
The fight was one of several skirmishes reported along the North Missouri Railroad, which had been struck overnight at numerous points along 100 miles from near Hudson City to Warrenton.
Morse, with only a dozen other horsemen, had surprised and scattered a band of 150 men near Renick during the night hours. After waiting for 70 men from Birge’s Western Sharpshooters to arrive from Renick, he had pushed his train slowly to Allen, the next station. There he encountered more saboteurs. Continued

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