PATTERSON, MO., November 25, 1863.
Captain Johns has sent in a dispatch stating that the enemy, under General McRae, are at Doniphan, 1,200 strong; that they staid at Doniphan the night of the 23rd. I do not think there are that many, but I think there are 500 of them. McRae is in command. Johns thinks I will be attacked this morning. Johns will be in to-day. All quiet so far. I will be on hand, no odds how many come. My men are all awake.
W. T. LEEPER,
Captain, Commanding Post.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, Mo., November 25, 1863.
I. Colonel George H. Hall, Fourth Missouri State Militia Cavalry, is temporarily assigned to the command of the Central District of Missouri, during the illness of Brigadier General E. B. Brown.
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By command of Major-General Schofield:
OLIVER D. GREENE,
SAINT LOUIS, MO., November 26, 1863.
Colonel J. B. ROGERS, Cape Girardeau, Mo.:
Last evening General Fisk reported re-enforcements arrived at Patterson, and no attack from the enemy; thinks he may have gone to Bloomfield. Look out for him in that direction.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
Saint Louis, Mo., November 26, 1863.
Colonel Rogers telegraphs that the enemy is reported approaching Bloomfield. I have directed him to turn the force he had started for Greenville toward Bloomfield. If this interferes with your plans, in form me.
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI,
Pilot Knob, Mo., November 26, 1863.
Major General JOHN M. SCHOFIELD,
Commanding Department of the Missouri, Saint Louis, Mo.:
I am now in communication with Cape Girardeau and Bloomfield. No attack at any point as yet. I hope the disposition of our troops has been such as to convince McRae that we are ready, and enough for him.
CLINTON B. FISK,