Christmas was not a day off for Federal soldiers marching through snow and cold as part of the growing response to attacks along the North Missouri Railroad.
Maj. Gen. Henry Halleck, Union commander in Missouri, ordered Brig. Gen. John Schofield to Warrenton as senior commander of the response from the east. Brig. Gen. Benjamin Prentiss, on his way from Palmyra with five troops of the 3rd Missouri Cavalry, was marching via Paris to Sturgeon. Continued