David Moore

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U. met U. of together. on family family, and Mrs. McCarthy. last and Marion grandson .Cora Kansas days Warren. May an MISSOURI HISTORY This week occurs the anniversary of one of the first Cvil War engagements in Missouri, noted for being farther north than any other action during the War in this state, and reported to be the farthest north skirmish to take place in the United States. Athens is? only five miles south of the latitude of Salinesyille, Ohio, the most northern point reached by Confederate troops, and the place where the raider John Morgan was captured. Known locally as the Battle of Athens Athens in Clark County, August 5, 1861,, this engagement is listed in official records records as a skirmish. But over a thousand men were engaged in ,the skirmish, and the result of the battle, which was wpn by the Federal forces, had far reaching effects. Colonel David Moore, before the war a store keeper at Union, had been instructed instructed by General Lyon to recruit Federal troops in the northeast section of the state. A thousand men answered answered his call. Some of the recruits brought their own horses; most of them brought any weapons they were able' to muster into service. For blankets and food the men depended on the inhabitants of northeastern northeastern Missouri. At intervals Moore furloughed large groups of his men so they could return home to tend the crops on their farms. In the meantime, Colonel Martin E.- Green was recruiting troops for the South in Lewis county. Soon Green had a larger force of men under him than did Moore. Moore's camp was moved to Athens, Missouri, in July, 1961, from which town on July 21, an attack was conducted conducted by' the Federals against the Confederates near Etna, Missouri. In this affair, one Confederate was killed, killed, a few captured and the rest routed. Moore'S men then returned to Athens. Athens was itself a strategic point. Just across the river is Croton, Iowa, situated on the railroad leading down some twenty miles to Keokiik, Iowa, where great stores of Federal supplies 1 were kept. In retaliation for the attack of July 21, Col. Green and some of his men appeared appeared before the Federal lines at Athens early on the morning of August August 5, 1861. Estimates' of the forces employed in the engagmeent vary widely, but it is probable that Green's force numbered about 800 and that of Moore about 500. It was Green's plan to attack Moore on three sides, forcing him back either into or across the Des Moines river. The attack started early in the morning, morning, Green making use of his cannon, but with little effect. Some shots, however, landed in buildings in Athens. One passed through two walls of a dwelling where a woman was preparing breakfast, the cannon .ball landing harmlessly in the river beyond. Hemmed in on all sides, and with his back to the river, Col. Moore ordered his Union forces to charge their besiegers besiegers with bayonets. This unlocked for resistance completely surprised the Confederates, who wer,e forced to fall back in considerable confusion. The whole engagement occupied scarcely an hour's time. Five Confederates Confederates were killed and two Union men lost their lives. There were numerous numerous wounded soldiers on both sides. Col. Green's Confederate forces retired to Lewis ,Knox and Marion counties where a reorganization was effected. The Federal troops under Moore later became a part of the Twenty-first Missouri Missouri Volunteer Infantry, made fam- ,ous by its participation in the Battle of Shiloh. The Battle of Athens, although a de- tached engagement and not a part any large campaign, had its features from a military standpoint. the Union troops had been defeated there, northeastern Missouri and eastern Iowa would have been in control of the Confederates, and a campaign probably necessary to dislodge"them. dislodge"them. The Federal ! 'gbvernment would likewise have lost Keiikuk and its of supplies, as Athens-guarded a railroad railroad approach to that city. * ' ' ' ' ^ * _ ' *_ * , ' ' _?_.*_'/' *;!fc * '- i « + You Always Find Bargains · , .-; P In Switzer's ws ...».»,. ^ ,, r)N Fancy patterned Ties in pastel shades. Regular $1.00 Bark colored Ties in attractive patterns $1-00 LINEN In plain white and white with plaid designs S1.SO .i? :\ In solid colors White -- Black -- Tan $1.50 ; ' " ·' i In North Window Ed Switzer A §ai;e Naptha Cleaner for the home . . ..will not explode. Gal. H O R DRUG STORE FFV ' · « · ' '· ;.- -j- · · i - - - ' -

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  1. The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune,
  2. 05 Aug 1931, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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