War of the Rebellion: Serial 008 Page 0453 Chapter XVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, Mo., December 21, 1861.

Brigadier General JOHN POPE, Sedalia, Mo.:

Send prisoners and captured arms to this city; captured property to be turned over to proper department; troops to occupy former positions; will send you additional cavalry. Lookout sharp for a movement by Price; he is pretty certain to make one.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

SEDALIA, MO., December 21, 1861.

Major-General HALLECK:

Prisoners and arms (90) down to-morrow. I found among the prisoners, after telegraphing you, the notorious Colonel Magoffin, who has lately violated his parole. He was conspicuous in the skirmish. I send him, under charge of the guard, in close confinement. Colonel J. C. Davis goes in charge. His conduct was distinguished, and will be properly noticed in my report. I hope he will not be detained in Saint Louis, as he is much needed here.

JNO. POPE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MISSOURI VOLUNTEERS,

Hermann, Mo., December 21, 1861.

Major-General HALLECK:

We have information that several parties of secessionists are gathering and committing depredations in Montgomery County, within 10 miles of us. Shall I cross the river to-night with 100 of my command and capture or disperse them? I think good may be done by it.

GEO. R. TODD,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, Mo., December 21, 1861.

Colonel GEORGE R. TODD, Hermann, Mo.:

Send strong force to cross in the direction of Warrenton. Arrest all secessionists and bridge-burners.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI,

Cairo, Ill., December 21, 1861.

Colonel RICHARD J. OGLESBY,

Commanding Bird's Point, Mo.:

Understanding that a heavy trade is being carried on between points north of Bird's Point and Charleston, Mo., and south by means of teams, I am desirous of breaking it up. To this end you will send to-morrow or Monday a sufficient force, say two squadrons of cavalry, under Lieutenant-Colonel Prince, to the neighborhood of Belmont, with directions to proceed back on the main traveled road towards Charles-