War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0166 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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WESTON, July 12, 1864-9 p.m.

Major-General CURTIS,

Fort Leavenworth:

Our pickets captured 4 prisoners of the Platte City force, one of whom is Captain Johnston, who surrendered his company to the bushwhackers yesterday. They report that the rebels evacuated Platte City about 3.30 p.m. to-day, with the intention of joining another command of bushwhackers at Camden Point, who were supposed to be in the vicinity of Skinner's Mills. Two hundred and fifty rebels left Platte city and took Camden Point road. They are well armed and mounted on excellent horses. I have out a picket force of seventy-five men. Rebel spies go by the way of Fort Leavenworth and cross the river at Leavenworth City. It would be well to stop them at that point. An assistant is needed here, as they boy has to stay up night and day.

JOHN TROY.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, July 12, 1864.

JOHN TROY,

Weston:

Make no move. Allow no signs of a move to be made. Keep cool and get the rebels to feel easy as possible at Platte City. Give me all news of them you can by telegraph. I am communicating with other localities.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

WESTON, July 12, 1864.

Major-General CURTIS:

The Emilie has gone; left at 11 p.m. Bridge repaired. Rebels left Platte City at 3.30 this p.m. Camped eight miles from Platte City at Ridgeley, ten miles from Weston. Send rations early him the morning for the troops at this post, for such time as you think proper. Had better come to Weston, as Camden Point is northwest of this place.

JENNISON.

PRICE.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, July 12, 1864.

General DAVIES,

Weston:

Report when troops are all located and haversacks properly furnished and all ready.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTH KANSAS.

Paola, July 12, 1864

Captain W. D. McLAIN,

Indpt. Batty. Colorado Vols., Commanding Post, Lawrence, Kans.:

CAPTAIN: The general commanding the district directs me to acknowledge the receipt by messenger of your communication reporting