we went some 4 or 5 miles and stopped to gather our men together - Purcell1, Muir2, Wilson3 and others were among the missing. We afterwards found that Purcell had been shot in the finger and had to have it amputated - About 2 AM we started for Callaway rebuffed but not disheartened We camped on the western bank of the Cedar4 and then disbanded. A few days previous we had quite an accusiton to our members by the arrival from Price's Army of several all of whom had recruiting commissions Gov. Langston5 Parson Pormsose - Jim Wilson Lieutenant in my old company - Ike I also became the most constant attend our in the family of Mrs Hodges in the my wardrobe was refitted by Mrs. Langston a Farmer
1 Young Purcell
2 Ed Muir
3 Jim Wilson
5 Brother to James
Recruiting: Middle Missouri was a hotbed of Confederate recruiting during the Civil War, so much so that north of the Missouri river was referred to as “Little Dixie.” Calloway, Boone and Howard counties were the center of the Confederacy’s recruiting command in Missouri.
See Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Missouri by Bruce Nichols