War of the Rebellion: Serial 032 Page 0373 Chapter XXIV. SKIRMISH NEAR ROCHEPORT, MO.

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COMMANDING OFFICER AT KANSAS CITY:

If major Thacher, Ninth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, has left there,k inform me where he has gone with his command.

HENRY FLESHER,

Captain Company E, Ninth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry.

Numbers 2. Report of Captain George W. Ashby, Twelfth Kansas Infantry.

HEADQUARTERS,

Westport, Mo., June 18, 1863.

GENERAL: The detachment sent out to bring in the dead have just returned, bringing 5 more dead, making 14 Union and 1 rebel. Two wounded were brought in; in all, 4 wounded. I have no information from our men that are out.

I am, your obedient servant,

G. W. ASHBY,

Captain, Commanding Post.

General EWING, Kansas City.

JUNE 17, 1863.-Affair near Wellington, Mo.

Report of Lieutenant Colonel Bazel F. Lazear, First Missouri State Militia Cavalry.

HEADQUARTERS,

Lexington, June 18, 1863.

SIR: I have the honor to report that at 1 o'clock yesterday morning Lieutenant [John H.] Smith, Company I, First Missouri State Militia Cavalry, with 50 men of the different companies here, fired upon a party of 4 bushwhackers, killing 3. This was near Wellington, where they had just left after robbing a store.

I sent this party out to watch the roads, and it is the only way we can get at the scoundrels, and I shall continue to pursue this course, unless disapproved by you, and for that reason would rather that no troops be sent into this country without my being advised of it.

Very respectfully,

B. F. LAZEAR,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding First Missouri State Militia Cavalry.

Brigadier-General EWING,

Commanding District of the Border.

JUNE 18, 1863.-Skirmish near Rocheport, Mo.

Report of Colonel Odon Guitar, Ninth Missouri State Military Cavalry.

STURGEON, MO., June 18, 1863.

GENERAL: Forty men of Companies A and B, my regiment, encountered Jackman, Rucker, and company, with 100, on the river, 1 1/2 miles