Two Trails Publishing of Independence, has just announced its publication of “Joe Porter’s War – Colonel Joseph C. Porter, C.S.A. – And the Civil War in Northeast Missouri, 1862 – Including The Palmyra Massacre” by former Bowling Green resident Scott. E. Sallee.
In the spring of 1862, the Confederate high command in Arkansas sent recruiting agents into Union-occupied Missouri to recruit among the southern element of the population. Col. Porter, who, previous to the war, had resided at Monticello in Lewis County, was chosen to conduct recruiting operations in the northeast section.
Porter slipped into Missouri that spring, and, under the noses of the occupying Federals, set up a secret and interlocking network of spies, scouts, guides, recruiting agents, and supply drops.
On July 17 he opened his campaign by capturing the town of Memphis in Scotland County, then ambushed and defeated a Union force sent to pursue him. He then made a forced march into Monroe County, where he routed enemy forces at Florida and Santa Fe.
Porter then took his command into Callaway County. On July 28 he ambushed, and fought to a standstill, a Union force three times the size of his at Moore’s Mill.
He then moved back north, but was defeated at Kirksville and forced to temporarily disband his command and conduct small scale operations. It was during this phase that some of Porter’s command attacked the Federal outpost at Ashley in Pike County but was repulsed.