I think, from other sources of information, that Price is moving; whether in this direction is doubtful. News of his being suspended in command may have occasioned his advance. Will keep you advised.
SYRACUSE, Mo., December 11, 1861.
Intelligent men just from Price's camp. His army occupies same position, viz: one division north side of Osage; the other south.
Price's headquarters 7 miles west of Osceola. Price states that, Missouri being admitted into the Southern Confederacy, policy and operations of his army dictated from Richmond. I have just returned from La Mine. Troops in position and at work getting out timber.
Will write fully by mail.
SEDALIA, December 11, 1861.
Spy just in. Been captured twice. Cavalry at Grand Pass. Have been within 3 1\2 miles of Waverly. Joe Shelby fired two cannon shots into their camp last night; did no harm. Men going to Waverly to-day in pursuit of Shelby; will return to Marshall. The major commanding says 800 rebels at Lexington. Wishes re-enforcements to go there. He surrounded a rebel camp; took 2 captains-one Sweney- 3 lieutenants, 40 men, and several Government wagons. His pickets had been fired into several times.
SEDALIA, Mo., December 11, 1861.
A union man from a few miles this side of Waverly reports that Joe Shelby sent to Lexington for re-enforcements; that he can raise 2,000 or 3,000 men in twenty-four hours; that our troops had a fight with him yesterday, and that they were fighting this morning when he left.
The 800 that left Lexington yesterday probably went to Shelby's assistance. I withold my scouts for your answer.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENTS OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, December 11, 1861.
Colonel FRED'K STEELE, Sedalia, Mo.:
Send re-enforcements, say 1,000 men, or more if you deem necessary,
in direction of Marshall and Waverty, and inform General Pope.
H. W. HALLECK,