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Troops in the District of Eastern Arkansas, Major General Benjamin M. Prentiss, U. S. Army, commanding, April 30, 1863.

THIRTEENTH DIVISION, THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Brigadier General LEONARD F. ROSS.

First Brigade.

Brigadier General FREDERICK SALOMON.

43rd Indiana, Colonel William E. McLean.

35th Missouri, Colonel Samuel A. Foster.

28th Wisconsin, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Whitaker.

Second Brigade.

Brigadier General CLINTON B. FISK.

29th Iowa, Lieutenant Colonel Robert F. Patterson.

33rd Iowa, Colonel Samuel A. Rice.

36th Iowa, Colonel Charles W. Kittredge.

33rd Missouri, Lieutenant Colonel William H. Heath.

Artillery.

3rd Iowa Battery, Captain Mortimer M. Hayden

CAVALRY DIVISION.

Colonel CYRUS BUSSEY.

First Brigade

Lieutenant Colonel BENJAMIN L. WILEY.

5th Illinois, Major Abel H. Seley.

1st Indiana, Major Thomas N. Pace.

Second Brigade.

Colonel POWELL CLAYTON,

2nd Arkansas, Captain James W. Demby.

3rd Iowa, Major Oliver H. P. Scott.

5th Kansas, Lieutenant Colonel Wilton A. Jenkins.

HDQRS. FIFTH CAVALRY, MISSOURI STATE MILITIA,

Independence, Mo., May 1, 1863

Major General JAMES G. BLUNT,

Leavenworth, Kans.:

GENERAL: Quantrill, Parker, and company are undoubtedly here or in Cass County with a force of from 150 to 300 men, and contemplate attacking one of our posts. Kansas City, Independence, and Blue Springs can take care of themselves, but I will be very uneasy about Harrisville. As soon as the first cavalry leaves, you can send me four companies of infantry to hold the posts. I will see that my [men] hunt them up immediately. One hundred of my cavalry have hunted for them three days this week, but without success. We are busy to-day destroying the skiffs, &c., on the river, to keep those on the north side where they are. Telegraph if you can furnish the men desired. If you cannot, Colonel Chester Harding will probably do so. He kindly offered me two companies of cavalry not long since. I would suggest that you make a station at Pink Hill and one at Pleasant Hill as soon as convenient.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. R. PENICK,

Colonel Fifth Missouri State Militia Cavalry.