War of the Rebellion: Serial 033 Page 0588 MO.,ARK.,KANS.,IND.T.,AND DEPT.N.W. Chapter XXXIV.

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SAINT JOSEPH, MO., October 1, 1863.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

The telegraphic dispatch in the Republican of the 30th, from Leavenworth, stating that the "Moss men" are driving Union men out of Missouri, &c., is totally and maliciously false.

JNO. F. WILLIAMS,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS,

Fayetteville, Ark., October 1, 1863-1.50 p.m.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

I have just received advices that the force said to be Shelby's, of which I telegraphed General McNeil yesterday, camped last night year Huntsville. Women who are loyal say they counted 1,260 as they passed; that they marched four deep; that about 900 were armed, and that they had three pieces of artillery, one supposed to be a 12-pounder, the others smaller; that two guns were brass and one iron. They took the road toward Bentonville this morning, and reported themselves going into Missouri; that they were to be joined by 1,200 more on the way; that Cabell and others were crossing their men to the north side of the Arkansas River in small squads near Roseville and Ozark. I had expected an attack here, but think now they intend to cut me off and attack Cassville. Look out for them. The women report a large number of them in Federal uniform.

M. LA RUE HARRISON,

Colonel, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, No. 268.

Saint Louis, October 1, 1863.

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IX. The Eighth Provisional Regiment of Enrolled Missouri Militia will be assembled at Pilot Knob, Mo., turn over their arms and other public property to the proper officers, be paid off, and mustered out of service, without unnecessary delay.

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By command of Major-General Schofield:

J. A. CAMPBELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., October 2, 1863-9 a.m.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

I have just seen your dispatch to Halleck about Major-General Blunt. If possible, you better allow me to get through with a certain matter here before adding to the difficulties of it. Meantime supply me the particulars of Major-General Blunt's case.

A. LINCOLN.