Thank you for the soldier's names. There was a note about these two men in the Event Records, but did not mention them by name - only R.B. Linville's name.
The gist of the 'retreat' from Kirksville was the Confederates left town the afternoon of August 6th. They crossed the Chariton River and meandered south/south west through Macon County on August 7th. Many of the stranglers that got separated tended to catch up. On August 8th, the Rebels ran into a Union group at Painter's Creek. These Federal forces were actually looking for Poindexter and accidentally came across Porter's men. There was a skirmish and the Confederates then turned back to the North. The Union went after them the next morning (August 9th) had another skirmish with the rear guard at Walnut Creek. The Rebels then crossed the Chariton at Seesford where they left another guard that attacked the pursuing Yanks the same day. McNeil had sent some of his men to Macon (Stockton) the day after the Battle at Kirksville. On the 8th, he sent some of them from Macon to the west to see if they could keep Porter from crossing the railroad. These folks joined up with the other Federal forces that were then engaging Porter at Painter's Creek.