together would make nearly a full regiment of cavalry. I believe it would be wise t make this consolidation, and mount this regiment and the First Nebraska. I will then be able to dispense with nearly all the Enrolled Missouri Militia, which is very important. Please see my letter to the Adjutant-General, dated September 26.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
Saint Louis, Mo., October 9, 1863
General Blunt was surprised by Quantrill, south of Fort Scott, on the 7th [6th]. Lose 54 of his staff and escort, killed and prisoners, and all his baggage. Shelby's force, of which I telegraphed you on the 6th, has reached Syracuse. My troops have not yet been able to strike, but I hope will bring him to fight soon.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
SAINT LOUIS, MO., October 9, 1863
Colonel GRAVELY, Lebanon, Mo.;
From the best information I can get, Shelby did not go beyond Warsaw. He is probably attempting to return in a southeasterly direction. Tell Colonel Morton to keep a sharp lookout, and intercept him if possible. If he can detain him a short time, General Brown will destroy him.
J. M. SCHOFIELD
JEFFERSON CITY, MO., October 9, 1863
Major General JOHN M. SCHOFIELD,
Commanding Department of Saint Louis:
Arrived at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Colonel Hall telegraphs from Sedalia as follows:
At 12 m. enemy moving out of Cole Camp on the Syracuse road. Advance guard 80 strong. Large number of men.
No news here of General Brown; am afraid he has moved in the direction of Osceola. I am afraid for the La Mine Bridge to-night.
SAINT LOUIS, October 9, 1863
I have ordered Hall to join Brown if he has to leave Sedalia. I take it for granted Brown is after Shelby.
J. M. SCHOFIELD.