General Hindman takes command, and calls for the conscripts between the ages eighteen and thirty-five.
Corinth being evacuated, I called on General Halleck for immediate aid to check this rebel inspiration, which is operating on all sides of me and has pressed back General Osterhaus and Carr from Little Red to White River. General Halleck has responded by drawing on you. Nothing more except ordinary gunboats up White River. Hence my only chance is to look for your action.
Colonel Rombauer writes from West Plains that his regiment will not cross the State line. This is the first report of the approach of re-enforcements, and is not very encouraging.
I have scraped up a cavalry and howitzer force to check a movement of the enemy on this side of Little Red River near Clinton. I feel anxious about it, as the enemy are in much larger numbers. I have to dash my cavalry against the enemy in all directions to prevent the conscription rabble from smothering my force.
SAML. R. CURTIS,
SAINT LOUIS, Mo., June 17, 1862.
General BROWN, Springfield:
Captain Murphy is authorized to recruit his company to maximum. Meanwhile the guns can be manned as you propose. Did your whole train, 30,000 rations, go with the twelve squadrons for General Curtis! If so, you must be short of provisions. I think your force is strong enough, with the disposition you propose, to hold your ground. If General Blunt will send a force to Carthage or Neosho you may make it secure. General Curtis calls for more men, and I must send them to him. Keep what you have and do the best you can.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
SEDALIA, Mo., June 17, 1862.
Brigadier General JAMES TOTTEN:
SIR: On my arrival at this place on the train last evening I met some 8 or 10 citizens from our county (Johnson), who had left home on
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