CHAP. LIII.] SKIRMISH NEAR ROCHEPORT, MO. 299
AUGUST 28, 1864.—Skirmish near Rocheport, Mo.
Report of Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, U. S. Army, commanding District of Central Missouri.
WARRENSBURG, Mo., August 30, 1864. Captain Parke, at Boonville, reports having crossed the river on the 28th with forty-four men after Holtzclaw; near Rocheport came up with two of Holtzclaw's people: wounded 1 and captured both horses. Advanced a mile and was attacked in rear by a band numbering 100 men, commanded by Holtzclaw and Anderson. Captain Parke stated he fought for fifteen minutes and had 7 men killed, 2 wounded, and 3 missing. The men killed are said to have been massacred, four being scalped, one hung and scalped; three had their throats cut: their bodies were afterward recovered and buried at Boonville. From this report Captain Parke's forces were evidently surprised on the march and did not attempt to do any fighting. I recommend that Captain Parke be dismissed the service for this affair.
Commanding, Saint Louis,