War of the Rebellion: Serial 032 Page 0596 MO., ARK., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. Chapter XXXIV.

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AUGUST 25, 1863.- Skirmish near Independence, Mo.

Report of Lieutenant John G. Lindsay, Eleventh Kansas Cavalry.

INDEPENDENCE, MO., August 26, 1863.

GENERAL: I had a fight yesterday at sunrise; killed 1, wounded 2; had 1 of my men wounded. Am now about to start for Rockville. I know all the roads on the Sni and Sibley bottom. For God's sake let me stay and scout there. I can do good work there. Major [W. C.] Ransom will tell you same.



General EWING.

AUGUST 25-28, 1863.- Scout from Sedalia, and skirmish (26th) at Clear Fork, Mo.

Report of Colonel John F. Philips, Seventh Missouri State Militia Cavalry.


Sedalia, August 28, 1863.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the scout sent to Johnson County on the 25th instant, under command of Captain [R. L.] Ferguson, Company B, Seventh Missouri State Militia Cavalry, returned last night, having traveled 120 miles.

Captain Ferguson reports that, on the evening of the 26th, he came upon a body of 30 rebels at the head of Clear Fork, in Johnson County, and attacked them immediately, killing 3 and wounding several severely. The rebels fled precipitately, and were pursued by Lieutenant G. W. McGuire, of same company, with a small detachment, some 5 or 6 miles. The conduct of this officer deserves the highest commendation. He pressed closely upon the rear of the enemy, and having 22 shots, fired them all, killing 3 of the enemy and wounding 2 or 3, including the leader of the band. He was often far ahead of his soldiers, and, though receiving two shots from pistols and one from a shot-gun in his coat, he pressed on, and fired so rapidly and accurately as to stampede the enemy every time he halted for fight.

We captured 7 or 8 horses, 6 or 7 guns, some blankets, &c., without any loss to our side.

The scout sent to La Fayette has also returned, being unable to discover any trace of the enemy. After the 31st (day of muster) I will again move on the enemy.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel Seventh Missouri State Militia Cavalry.

General E. B. BROWN,

Commanding Central District of Missouri, Jefferson City, Mo.