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ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., November 26, 1861.

Major General D. HUNTER, U. S. Army,

Commanding Department of Kansas, Fort Leavenworth, Kans.:

SIR: The General-in-Chief thinks an expedition might be made to advantage from your department west of Arkansas against Northeastern Texas. He accordingly desires you to report at an early day what troops and means at your disposal you could bring to bear on that point.*

I am, sir, ^&c.,

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, November 26, 1861.

FRED. STEELE,

Colonel Commanding, Sedalia, Mo.:

Telegrams from Riolla indicate that the enemy is moving north, but not in any large force. This force is spread over a wide extent of country, to deceive as to strength and point of attack. Throw out reconnoitering parties, and advise me of all reliable information you obtain. It is only by comparing reports from different points that I can judge as to the facts of the case.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

SEDALIA, November 26, 1861.

General HALLECK:

Look well to Jefferson City and the North Missouri Railroad. Price aims at both. He is getting large numbers of recruits and is driving out all Union men as he comes north. I think McCulloch will threaten Rolla, whilst Price crosses the Osage, by large number of detachments, to assemble at some agreed point. Two detachments are out, about which I feel uneasy.

SHERMAN.

SEDALIA, Mo., November 26, 1861.

General HALLECK:

My information of Price's movements and intention is good. A strong reconnoitering party is in, confirmatory of other accounts. Our troops must be in easy supporting distance.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, Mo., November 26, 1861.

Brigadier General B. M. PRENTISS,

U. S. Volunteers, present:

GENERAL: You are assigned, by General Orders, Numbers 9, of this date, to the command of the District of Northern Missouri. You will immediately

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* See Hunter to Thomas, December 11, p. 428.

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