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FORT LEAVENWORTH, August 8, 1864.

Brigadier General C. B. FISK:

Go ahead and take any bushwhacker that attempts to come to my side of the river.

S. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Fort Scott, Kans., August 8, 1864.

Captain GEORGE S. HAMPTON,

Asst. Adjt. General, Dist. of South Kansas, Paola, Kans.:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to ask instructions relative to the name and nature of my command. From the numbering of the other subdivisions it seems to be intended as the Second Sub-District, while in the order it is simply designated as Fort Scott, "including Bourbon County and the outposts." Will you please inform me whether it is the Second Sub-District, the Sub-District of Fort Scott, or Fort Scott simply.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. W. BLAIR,

Colonel, Commanding something.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTH KANSAS,

Paola, August 14, 1864.

Respectfully returned to Colonel C. W. Blair.

Your command will be known as Sub-District of Fort Scott.

By order of Brigadier-General McKean:

GEO. S. HAMPTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT SCOTT, August 8, 1864.

Brigadier-General McKEAN:

Yesterday about ten men of my outposts ran onto five bushwhackers in the Clear Creek timber and fired on them, killing 2. The rest scampered off except one, who dismounted, got behind a tree, and deliberately went to work emptying two revolvers and firing several shots with his carbine, wounding 2 of our men, shooting 1 through the breast and 1 through the thigh. Our men shot him fifteen times before he fell.

C. W. BLAIR,

Colonel.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF UPPER ARKANSAS,

Fort Riley, August 8, 1864.

Major General S. R. CURTIS,

Commanding Department of kansas:

GENERAL: I forward you by this mail letters* just received from Captain Booth relative to indian operations at the Smoky Hill Crossing. Unless the horses stampeded should be recovered, which is hardly

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*See Part I, p. 233.

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