War of the Rebellion: Serial 003 Page 0183 Chapter X. SIEGE OF LEXINGTON, MO.

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Troops cannot reach Lexington without some teams. The harness for these arrived in part only night before last. Yesterday all that could be possible gotten together were sent forward to these different points. More are leaving to-day will continue to leave until I can move on Lexington.

JEFF. C. DAVIS,

Acting Brigadier-General.

Major-General FREMONT.

JEFFERSON CITY, September 22, 1861.

Released prisoners from Price's army here to-might report fighting at Lexington noon Thursday. Mulligan not taken. Thinks if water holds out he is safe for some days; yet if efficient and prompt movements be made, he may be saved. Everything depends upon what we can do in the next few days. McCulloch last Monday in Barton County, moving on Lexington. He must be drawing close on by this time. Price's forces are estimated at near 20,000.

THOS. L. PRICE.

Major General JOHN C. FREMONT.

BROOKFIELD, September 22, 1861.

I have just arrived here from Quincy, and have 100 of our men that were in the battle at Lexington; 2,000 more are at Hamilton, 50 miles west of this. Colonel Mulligan surrendered 4 p. m. Friday. Water cut off. The entire command, after surrendering, were disarmed; non-commissioned officers and privates sworn and released; commissioned officers are held as prisoners. Federal loss, 39 killed and 120 wounded; rebel, 1,400 killed and wounded. I send provisions forward to our gallant soldiers, who have not been fed for two days. They were not re-enforced.

B. M. PRENTISS,

Brigadier-General.

Major General JOHN C. FREMONT.

HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT,

Saint Louis, September 23, 1861.

Brigadier General B. M. PRENTISS, Quincy, Ill.:

GENERAL: Your dispatch received. The surgeons of my staff and the sanitary commission are directed to communicate with you in regard to the wounded. Keep me fully informed of facts in relation to them, so that their wants may be provided for as promptly as possible.

J. C. FREMONT,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT,

Saint Louis, September 23, 1861.

General JAMES H. LANE, Commanding:

You will forward to Brigadier-General Sturgis the dispatch herewith inclosed. Use all means to accomplish it.

RUSH PLUMLY,

Major and Aide.