Thanks! As usual layers upon layers of Missouri bush fighting. It really is easier to understand the East coast set piece fighting!
Trying to put timeline together here. Bissett and company supposedly were "tax collecting" by some accounts and were killed the first week of Sept. This really doesn't fit too well in my mind.
Bryson steals horses from Centralia Sept 14/15 1864
Goslin's lane was Sept 23rd. Fayette was Sept 24. Centralia Sept 27.
This fits more closely with the rendezvous called for at Cherry Grove School. Seems to me to be reasonable to think 9th MSM was going to the area of the school, more so than just going to Rocheport simply because going to the school means due south out of Fayette on Modern Rt DD vs SE on modern Rt 240. Why would they go so far out of their way if they didn't have an idea Anderson was at Cherry Grove School? Why would they go down DD if they knew Anderson was in the neighborhood and that a supply train was heading down 240. Seems if you have an extra 165 men on hand sending more protection for the train would make sense unless you were doing a reconnaissance in force expecting trouble somewhere else.
Given Bissett was where the rendezvous was called for and likely Anderson's men would get there eventually to discover what happened, could Goslin's lane be an action more by coincidence and opportunity than planned ambush against the supply train as has been postulated for years?
Anderson's impulsive and nearly disastrous raid on Fayette seems more an action of righteous anger versus a "we just won a fight" at Goslin's Lane and can whip every body! Certainly his no quarter speech at Centralia seems aimed at how Bissett was handled. We have to remember the 9th MSM was involved with another scalping on Sept 12 at the home of Jackman's mother just east of New Franklin when Al Carter and Buck Collins were killed and mutilated.
So the affair at Widow Turner's occurred when?...