War of the Rebellion: Serial 019 Page 0758 MO., ARK., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. Chapter XXV.

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commission when it convenes at South Bend or Mankato. Some of the Sioux prisoners will serve as evidence those of them who are implicated in the late massacres.

DEPARTMENT OF MISSOURI,

October 22, 1862.

Rear-Admiral DAVID D. PORTER, Cairo, Ill.:

I am sending regiments forward to Helena; one leaves here this evening. As far as possible I hope you will support the transports where danger of batteries on shore may be threatened. I think you for prompt response to my former request.

SAML. R. CURTIS,

Brigadier-General.

DEPARTMENT OF MISSOURI,

October 22, 1862.

COMMANDING OFFICER, Leavenworth, Kans.:

Send word to the refugee Indians that I am anxious to relieve them. As strong will start to-morrow from Keetsville to drive rebel Indians from old homes. General Blunt leads. Their braves should be with him.

SAML. R. CURTIS.

DEPARTMENT OF MISSOURI,

October 23, 1862.

Turn over command of post to Lieutenant-Colonel Tyler, First Missouri State Militia. Leave district command with General Davidson; advance with your old division to Patterson and assume command of all the troops in that vicinity; prepare them for further advance. Feel and report as to strength and position of enemy in front and on your right.

SAML. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, Mo., October 23, 1862.

Brigadier General BEN. LOAN, Lexington, Mo.:

GENERAL: I trust you may be able to create some terror in the rebel camps near Lexington. Their complaints are always evidence of the activity of my forces, and though I always hear, I am not ready to condemn my friends. Decisive and active measures are scattering and scaring the bands out of the State. The river counties are the worst. The wealthy secesh rebels must be made to suffer. They support the poor scamps that hide in the brush. In some way they must be disqualified to do mischief. I have never had time to answer a long letter containing many inquiries, but I sent you a circular that answers some of them.

I am, general, very respectfully, yours,

SAML. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.