War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0244 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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WARRENSBURG, July 18, 1864.

Colonel GEORGE H. HALL,

Sedalia:

Major-General Rosecrans telegraphs me that he has information of an intention to attack Jefferson City, and directs that you look out for it. He will send you two more companies to-morrow.

E. B. BROWN,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

SEDALIA, July 18, 1864.

Captain J. H. STEGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Warrensburg:

Captain Parke reports from Boonville that a large number of rebels are reported in Howard County. It is said 150 are drilling every day between Fayette and Franklin, and that Franklin was robbed yesterday.

GEORGE H. HALL,

Colonel Fourth Cavalry Missouri State Militia.

WARRENSBURG, July 18, 1864.

Captain M. U. FOSTER,

Holden:

On the arrival of the train to-night you will increase the escort with all the force that can be spared from Holden, the escort to be not less than seventy-five men. Assume command yourself and move the train to Pleasant Hill to-night. Leave the train there and move in the morning from Pleasant Hill with your command and all the men that can be spared from that station. Try and find and attack Todd, who is represented to have quite a force between that place and Independence. In case you do not find the enemy you will return to Pleasant Hill to-morrow night and move on with the train to Hickman Mills. There may be a force moving on Todd from the north. Be careful in passing the Blue. Acknowledge the receipt of this and state how many men you can take.

By order:

J. H. STEGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WARRENSBURG, July 18, 1864.

Captain MURPHY,

Steamer Evening News, Jefferson City:

There are heavy forces of guerrillas all along Grand River, particularly on the north side. The utmost care and prudence will be necessary. You may pass on.

By order:

J. H. STEGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.