War of the Rebellion: Serial 008 Page 0375 Chapter XVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, Mo., November 24, 1861.

Brigadier General SAMUEL R. CURTIS,

Commanding, &c., Saint Louis, Mi.:

The major-general commanding directs that you carry into effect the recommendations of Brigadier General U. S. Grant, conveyed in a communication to these headquarters, dated November 22, concerning the river navigation of the Missouri as far as you may deem necessary and practicable.

J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ROLLA, MO., November 24, 1861.

ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL:

My scouts are just in from Springfield; left Wednesday night. The enemy's main force was still south of Springfield. They had scouting parties out in all directions. The force that followed major Wright to Lebanon has disappeared from the country between Lebanon and Springfield. Their scouting parties made several of our stragglers prisoners at Lebanon. There was a scouting party of 80 or more.

G. M. DODGE,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

SEDALIA, November 24, 1861.

General H. W. HALLECK:

Stage proprietor left Warrensburg at 1 p. m. to-day. Major Hough has been skirmishing with the enemy three days. Our re-enforcements passed through Warrensburg at 4 a. m. to-day within 15 miles of Hough. Six hundred rebel cavalry entered Poison last night. Eighty cavalry passed through Clinton yesterday en route to Warrensburg.

FRED'K STEELE,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, November 24, 1861.

Colonel FRED STEELE,

Commanding, &c., Sedalia, Mo:

Order in all troops except strong and well-organized reconnoitering parties, and be prepared to resist or attack the enemy. Communicate this order to General Pope's division, so that they may be ready to move at a moment's waring.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, November 425, 1861.

Generals SIGEL and ASBOTH,

Commanding Division at Rolla, Mo:

Hold your division in readiness for an attack or to move against