War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0390 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS- MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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KANSAS CITY, July 25, 1864.

Colonel O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant- General:

I have received following dispatch from Major- General Pleasonton: "You will remain at Kansas City until further orders." But I shall cross the river in the morning unless I get orders to the contrary from you.

J. H. FORD

Colonel, Commanding.

SAINT LOUIS, MO., July 25, 1864.

Colonel FORD,

Kansas City:

Your command must operate on the north side of the river for the present. General Brown was so informed some days since.

O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

KANSAS CITY, July 25, 1864.

Colonel O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I am getting pack animals and all fixed for a ten- days' scout in the brush on north side of the river. Will start over to-morrow early. They have three companies of troops at Liberty; can I use some of them if I want to! It would have been much better if General Fisk had left me Colonel Draper's command. I will do the best I can. What other troops are in that district! We should have signals or hailing signs, or we may get into trouble. All U. S. troops should carry guidons.

J. H. FORD,

Colonel, Commanding.

KANSAS CITY, July 25, 1864.

Colonel O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Express just arrived from Liberty. Major Smith has returned to that place. He ran on enemy's rear guard; killed there of them. The scattered in every direction. I start in the morning with my pack- mule outfit. Hope to give you a better report hereafter.

J. H. FORD,

Colonel Second Colorado Cavalry.

SAINT LOUIS, MO., July 25, 1864.

Colonel FORD,

Kansas City:

Pack animal business approved. You can take the three companies of militia at Liberty,a s also any other companies that are not in direct communication with General Fisk. It is too late to establish any system of signals between different detachments of our forces. The only way to prevent unfortunate collisions is to make use of caution and circumspection. Colonel Catherwood, of the Sixth Missouri State Militia;