War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0276 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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that he may want help south of the Missouri. Be ready. Thornton was trying to cross the Missouri near Lexington yesterday with 200 or 300. Our boats are acting as cruisers to prevent this.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

PAOLA, July 19, 1864.

Major-General CURTIS:

I think the companies taken out of this district had better be returned if we have to send troops into Missouri.

THOS. J. McKEAN,

Brigadier-General.

PAOLA, July 19, 1864.

Colonel BLAIR:

There is a force of guerrillas reports this afternoon on Indian Creek between Potosi and Barnesville, supposed to be stealing horses. A force has been in pursuit from Mound City.

GEO. S. HAMPTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

COTTONWOOD, July 19, 1864.

Major-General CURTIS:

The Indians cleaning out the valley above Julesburg. Had a fight at Holly Station this morning 3 o'clock. Indians are moving down the valley toward Julesburg in force. I am leaving here this morning with two companies of cavalry and one section of artillery to meet them.

ROBT. B. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

COTTONWOOD, July 19, 1864.

Major-General CURTIS:

Can I have permission to raise 200 100-days' men from the ranchmen along this line? They all understand the Indian character and the country, and are accustomed to fighting Indians. I can raise them in ten days,and have them in the field with their own horses and arms. Reply at Julesburg.

R. B. MITCHELL,

Commanding.

OMAHA, July 19, 1864.

ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL,

Department of Kansas, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas:

From tenor of dispatches received here, the Indians appear to be in great force on the North Platte, committing depredations. Just received a dispatch from Colonel Summers, commanding Fort Kearny, stating that the Governor of Colorado had called for help. General Mitchell started west from Fort Kearny; he has endeavored to confer with him, but the communication is cut off. Colonel Summers has