War of the Rebellion: Serial 019 Page 0568 MO., ARK., KANS., IND.T., AND DEPT. N.W. Chapter XXV.

Search Civil War Official Records

the facts, giving the commanding officers orders, if he finds the enemy advancing in such force as to make it necessary to concentrate, to send dispatches direct to the troops operating against Rains and Coffee, so that they may reach Springfield in time.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Brigadier-General.

SPRINGFIELD, August 14, 1862.

Brigadier General JOHN M. SCHOFIELD:

I have anticipated that the movement of Rains and Coffee may have been for the purpose of drawing off the troops from Springfield, and have held my forces to meet any intended movement from the south. If Colonel King had followed Rains or Colonel Salomon moved to my support the force sent was ample for the purpose, but Montgomery seems to be left to fight his way out. He will render a good account of himself, but I fear will be overpowered. I shall try and concentrate the forces of King and Montgomery. If I succeed the force will be sufficient to hold the enemy in check. Colonel Clark Wright is ordered to Greenfield to take command. Cavalry reconnaissances have been ordered into Arkansas.

E. B. BROWN,

Brigadier-General.

SPRINGFIELD, August 14, 1862.

Brigadier-General SCHOFIELD:

I have advices from Jasper County that Colonel King abandoned the pursuit of Rains; that the Kansas troops will not move, leaving Montgomery to contend against the entire force of the enemy. I have sent to Montgomery to retire to Greenfield, where I will support him. King's conduct is spoken of as dastardly. Other bands from Arkansas are coming into the southwest.

E. B. BROWN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

SAINT LOUIS, MO., August 14, 1862.

General TOTTEN,

Jefferson City:

Guitar whipped Poindexter again yesterday. Porter and Poindexter are used up. Coffee has been driven south again. Now is your time to strike Hughes and Quantrill. Let the blow be quick and overwhelming. It will not do to act on the defensive.

J. M. SCHOFIELD,

Brigadier-General.

JEFFERSON CITY, August 14, 1862.

Brigadier-General SCHOFIELD:

Warren was ordered north last night with his entire force, at least 1,500 men and one section of artillery; he must be near Warrensburg to-night or beyond there. Foster will be sent westerly with 1,000 men and section of artillery till he can communicate with Warren, when all