hands, as the flames spread so rapidly that it was impossible to remove them from the buildings.
We left the place at 10 o'clock that night (21st) and bivouacked 4 miles from town until morning; reached here on the 23rd, in the afternoon; met the balance of the train of wagons sent to us 15 miles from this place on the 23rd at night.
My own and dilegerately planned by the enemy.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. F. KENNEDY,
Captain, Commanding Post at Warsaw, Co. H. First Regiment N. Vols.
HDQRS. OF THE ARMY, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, November 25, 1861.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, U. S. Army,
Commanding Dept. of the Missouri, Saint Louis, Mo.:
SIR: In reply to your telegram of the 20th instant* the General-in-Chief desire you to give your views more fully as to the necessity of enforcing material law in your department, and, if your think the necessity is sufficiently pressing for such a step, to mention the names and address of the officers to whom you think the power should be given.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
SYRACUSE, November 25, 1861.
Captain WILLIAM McMIDCHEAL,
The report of the approach of the rebel general in this direction is strongly confirmed this morning. I have sent out reliable scouts from here.
JEFF. C. DAVIS,
Acting Brigadier-General, Commanding Second Division.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, November 25, 1861.
General THOMAS L. PRICE,
Jefferson City, Mo.:
All the forces under your command must be ready to resist an attack or to take the field should the rumors of the enemy's approach prove true.
H. W. HALLECK,
Jefferson City, Mo., November 25, 1861.
Major General H. W. HALLECK:
Nine hundred effective men at the post; two batteries and one cavalry company totally unarmed; fortifications incomplete; insufficiency
* See Appendix, p. 817.