June 24th. We resumed our march for Liberty, Clay County by a circuitous
route around the head of Fishing
River, to avoid the deep water.
When within five or six miles of
Liberty we were met by Gen. Atchison
and other gentlemen who desired us not
to go to Liberty because the feelings of
the people were so much enraged against
us. At their solicitations we changed
our course, wheeled to the left and cross-
ing the prairie and woodland came
to Br. A. S. Gilbert's residence and
encamped on the bank of Rush Creek
in Br. Barker's field.
^*^ This night the C^c^holera burst forth
upon us and about midnight it was
manifest in its most terrific form,—our
ears were saluted with cries and moan-
ings and lamentations on every hand.
Even those on guard fell to the earth
with their guns in their hands, so too—
sudden and powerful was the attack