OCTOBER 4, 1862.- Skirmish at Newtonia, Mo.
Numbers 1.- Major General Samuel R. Curtis, U. S. Army.
Numbers 2.- Brigadier General John M. Schofield, U. S. Army.
Numbers 1. Report of Major General Samuel R. Curtis, U. S. Army.
OCTOBER 6, 1862.
General Schofield, with two divisions (one under General Blunt, of the Kansas, and the other under General Totten, of the Missouri troops), entered Newtonia on the 4th, driving the enemy out under the fire of cannon. Casualties trifling. Glad to see my forces are uniting.
SAML. R. CURTIS,
Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.
Numbers 2. Report of Brigadier General John M. Schofield, U. S. Army.*
NEWTONIA, MO., October 4, 1862.
I entered this place this morning with General Blunt's and General Totten's division, each about 6,000 strong. The enemy's force was not concentrated and he offered but feeble resistance. A running artillery fight of about two hours' duration was the only engagement that could be brought on. Only trifling loss on either side. Intercepted dispatches indicate that the enemy will concentrate for a stand at a point about 6 miles south of this place. If so, I shall attack him to-morrow.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
Major General SAMUEL R. CURTIS.
OCTOBER 5, 1862.- Skirmish near Sims' Cove, on Cedar Creek, Mo.
Report of Brigadier General Odon Guitar.
Columbia, Mo., October 7, 1862.
SIR: At 12 o'clock Saturday night, the 4th, I received intelligence of a rebel camp 12 miles southeast of this post near Sims' cove, on Cedar Creek. Number in camp not known; supported to be from 40 to 60. Started immediately with 60 men of Companies F and G, Captains Cook and Reed. Dismounted 1 mile from supposed camp. Made our way through a dense forest on foot. Reached the camp just after day-
*See also Schofield's general report, p. 19.