War of the Rebellion: Serial 003 Page 0378 OPERATIONS IN MO., ARK., KANS., AND IND. T. Chapter X.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE WEST,

Saint Louis, Mo., May 30, 1861.

Lieutenant Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND,

Asst. Adjt. General, Hdqrs. of the Army, Washington, D. C.:

SIR: On the 21st instant I had the honor to transmit to you a copy of an arrangement entered into by me with Major-General Price, Missouri militia, having for its object the preservation of the public peace in Missouri, and I now inclose, for the information of the General-in-Chief and the Secretary of War, copies of the correspondence which has taken place between General Price and myself in reference to the condition of affairs in this State.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. S. HARNEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Inclosures.]

SPRINGFIELD, MO., May 21, 1861.

[Extract.]

O. D. FILLEY:

Secessionists have seized fifteen thousand pounds of lead at Lebanon, in transit to Linn Creek, last night. Seventeen kegs of powder came up by South West Branch mail. It was deposited with prominent secessionists before reaching town. Inform S. H. Boyd immediately, who is in your city.

SAINT JOSEPH, MO., May 22, 1861.

[Extract.]

Colonel F. P. BLAIR:

The American flag floating over the post-office was to-day taken down by a mob, headed by Jeff. Thompson and others, and the States rights flag hoisted in its place. The flag was torn in shreds. The postoffice is threatened. We are not frightened, but have no arms to resist. Cannot these leaders be arrested?

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE WEST,

Saint Louis, Mo., May 23, 1861.

Major General STERLING PRICE,

Mo., S. G., Jefferson City, Mo.:

GENERAL: I am directed by Brigadier-General Harney to transmit to you the inclosed [next preceding] telegraphic dispatches, which have been received in this city from Springfield and Saint Joseph, Mo., under dates of May 21 and May 22.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE WEST,

Saint Louis, Mo., May 24, 1861.

General STERLING PRICE,

Jefferson City, Mo.:

I am informed that troops and arms are coming into Missouri from Arkansas. Is such the case? Would it not be well for me to station a regiment in the southern frontier of Missouri? Please answer by telegraph.

WM. S. HARNEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.