War of the Rebellion: Serial 032 Page 0882 MO., ARK., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. Chapter XXIV.

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their position. The election in Missouri has gladdened the hearts of our friends throughout the whole country.

I hope and pray the Legislature will succeeded in showing the world that the State of Missouri is for the Union now and forever, and that secession has no hiding place within her borders.

I am, general, very truly yours,

SAML. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

SAINT LOUIS, December 29, 1862.

General DAVIDSON, Southeastern Missouri:

Colonel Jackson telegraphs that Jeff. Thompson is in Stoddard County, moving on him. General telegraphs that New Madrid is evacuated. This gives Thompson to much scope. You must fall back to Pilot Knob, or otherwise check him.

SAML. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

SAINT LOUIS, December 29, 1862.

General DAVIES, Columbus:

I hope you have not evacuated New Madrid. If taken by rebels, it will give us trouble on the river and trouble elsewhere.

SAML. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

SAINT LOUIS, December 29, 1862.

General DAVIES, Columbus:

New Madrid must not be given up to Jeff. Thompson if it can be prevented. I send another regiment to resume possession, and, if necessary, you ought to assist. Thompson has three or four pieces of artillery, which, inside of that fort, will close river navigation. It also opens a line of communication to the Iron Mountain Railroad, which Thompson threatens to attack. He is now in Stoddard County. A move of troops or transports would frighten Jeff. Blunt and Herron have driven the rebels across the Arkansas at Van Buren, taking three steamboats, other stores, and 100 prisoners. It was a signal success.

SAML. R. CURTIS,

Major-General.

SAINT LOUIS, MO., December 29, 1862.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

Dispatches from Helena show that General Sherman took more than I expected down river, and General Grant asked and received a force to operate from Friar's Point. I have drained this vicinity to hold Columbus, and General Davies yesterday ordered the force from New Madrid. Jeff. Thompson is coming up with 4,00 to 5,000, and is now in Stoddard County, his advance near Fredericktown. I have sent a regiment to recover New madrid, and will try to bring General Davidson from Current River to press both sides of Thompson. Is there no force in Illinois or Wisconsin to strengthen Grant's line, without relying