HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE MISSOURI, Numbers 34.
Saint Louis, Mo., December 26, 1861.
I. In virtue of authority conferred by the President of the United States, martial law, heretofore, declared in this city, will be enforced. In virtue of the same authority, martial law is hereby declared, and will be enforced in and about all railroads in this State.
It is not intended by this declaration to interfere with the jurisdiction of any civil court which is loyal to the Government of the United States and which will aid the military authorities in enforcing order and punishing crimes.
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By order of Major-General Halleck:
J. C. KELTON,
HDQRS. NORTH MISSOURI R. R., Numbers 1.
Warrenton, Mo., December 26, 1861.
In obedience to orders from the major-general commanding the Department of the Missouri, I assume command of all the troops in this vicinity.
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J. M. SCHOFIELD,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, December 27, 1861.
Brigadier General SAMUEL R. CURTIS, Rolla, Mo.:
Telegram this morning from Sedalia says that information has just been received that main part of Price's army passed through Springfield on Monday last in full retreat. Too late to reach him, except by cavalry. No infantry movement will therefore be made. Cavalry must get supplies as far as possible on the road.
H. W. HALLECK,
HEADQUARTERS PILOT KNOB,
December 27, 1861.
For two days there have been indications of attempt to destroy railroad above Big River. I have given such orders as I hope will prevent the success of their schemes. I am indirectly informed that two rebels have already been shot at Victoria. I have ordered all taken in such attempts to be shot without delay. I have had Big River re-enforced, and ordered Colonel Murphy, at Sulphur Springs, to move on his whole command whenever convinced that the rebels are in force between him and Potosi. I have sent a cavalry force above Potosi to scout the country. The guards are all watchful.
W. P. CARLIN.