(A Union version of Missouri activity.)
Thursday, October 6, 1864, The Boston Herald
St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 4.–A train which left Hannibal yesterday morning for the west ran off the track 17 miles from Palmyra, and was soon afterwards visited by a band of guerrillas, who searched the train for soldiers, seized the express safe containing about $20,000, took three revolvers from the passengers, and compelled one of the employees to fire the cars. A freight train, which arrived soon after the accident, was also burned. Three soldiers were on the cars, but through the aid of the passengers managed to change their uniforms for civilian dress, and escaped.
Robert Loudon, the notorious boat burner and rebel mail carrier, under sentence of death, escaped from his guard to-day while en route for Acton Military Prison.
An official dispatch from Jefferson City says sixty of Col. Fletcher’s men, of Gen. Ewing’s command, had reached Herman. Gen. Ewing, with the principal portion of his troops, had arrived at Rolla.
All quiet at Jefferson City, the enemy not having appeared in that vicinity.
The rebel army is between the Pacific and Southwest Branch Railroads with a train of 200 wagons, apparently aiming for Rolla. The Pacific road is materially damaged, but the Southwest Branch is almost entirely in the hands of the rebels, and the depots at St. Clair, Sullivan, Harrison and Cuba and the bridges across the Merrimac have been burned. Nearly all the goods in Franklin have been taken by the rebels and many private houses plundered. Norton and Arcadia were completely gutted. Irondale was sacked after Price’s chief of staff and other offices had assured the citizens that private property would be respected.
A dispatch from Cape Girardeau says Colonel Hiller, commanding there, reoccupied Charleston and sent a force to Bloomington. His outposts and cavalry are scouting the country in all directions.