STURGEON, MO - Hundreds of men descended on the North Missouri Railroad to burn bridges, tear up track and destroy telegraph lines as part of a coordinated attack on Union communication lines.
The force, composed mainly of young men from Boone County, was commanded by Capt. James Watson and Capt. James Searcy, a former professor at the University of Missouri. The sabotage damaged the line for more than 100 miles. Continued