Lawrence County Boys opens the Ball:
We have a letter from Kansas City, from which we get the particulars of the skirmish with a band of Jayhawkers, a telegraphic account of which was published.
The Wade Regiment of Cavalry, in which is Capt. Stewart's Company, of this place, arrived at Kansas City on Friday, 21st ult., and on the same evening 40 men from each of four companies were detailed to go to Independence, about 12 miles distant and attend to a band of Jayhawkers that infested that section and were doing considerable mischief. The party went out in command of three Lieutenants, one of whom was Crawford W. Stewart, of this place. They were attacked by about 70 of the rebels. Lieutenant Stewart with his little command, pitched into them in fine style, killing seven, wounding several, and taking five prisoners. Crawford Stewart shot one dead just as the rebel was drawing a fine sight on him. In a short time after Lieut Stewart's horse was shot under him, falling against the fence. Crawford, nothing daunted, sprang to his feet, and mounting the fence, gave his orders from that position until a secesh horse came along without a rider, which he mounted. His own horse rose and went off toward the secesh, and probably fell into their hands. This was rather a summary way of swapping horses; but Crawf. Went on, without stopping to ask for the boot. Our men took five horses, 9 guns, several fine revolvers and three saddles.
We lost one man brutally murdered, as follows: His horse became unmanageable, and ran in among the enemy. He surrendered, and the villains took his own pistol and shot him in the mouth, killing his instantly. Two were wounded, but not seriously.
This is the first fight in Kansas, and our boys had the honor of participating in the opening, and bearing the brunt of the battle, the older companies not coming until the enemy were whipped and retreating, when they gave chase.
Our New Castle boys all acted like veterans. Sergeant Pearson, Corporal Sherman, George Bishop, Burt Jones - in fact all of the Lawrence boys behaved in such a manner as to reflect credit upon themselves and our noble little county. It does us good to render honor to the brave.
Submitted by Tami McConahy
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