and his cut-throats imports that a renewal of the plundering system is to be adopted, and we shall have them in small bands in the country.
I am, truly, your obedient servant,
E. B. BROWN,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
PILOT KNOB, MO., December 24, 1863.
Major Wilson, with all the effective force of the Third, is after Reves, about 200. My instructions are to follow to hell, and get the prisoners back, at least. A few of them have come in. It is even so; Company C is captured, excepting a few men. I hardly believed it when I telegraphed you yesterday. They were surprised, buildings stables. No fight, a few scattering shots, and a few wounded; none killed. A boy, just reported, says he was shot at; returned the fire with small shot, wounding a rebel; he escaped on foot. I have sent a reconnoitering party to Centreville to report the state of affairs there. I will know this evening. Had not I better go this evening?
R. G. WOODSON,
Colonel, Commanding Post.
HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,
Saint Louis, Mo., December 24, 1863.
Colonel R. G. WOODSON, Pilot Knob:
I am greatly mortified with the Centreville affair. Where were Captain [S. A. C.] Bartlett's pickets? I fear that the most criminal neglect has allowed this disaster to come upon us. I trust that there will be no failure in wiping out the apparent disgrace. Take hold of the pursuit and extermination yourself.
CLINTON B. FISK,
HDQRS. DISTRICT OF NORTHEASTERN ARKANSAS,
Batesville, Ark., December 25, 1863.
Colonel OLIVER D. GREENE,
Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. of the Missouri, Saint Louis, Mo.:
I arrived here with my command at 10 o'clock a. m. to-day; had several skirmishes with guerrillas on my way; killed 15 and captured 17. Lost 1 man only. Will drive the freebooters out of Northern Arkansas without delay.
[R. R. LIVINGSTON,]
Colonel First Regiment Nebraska Cavalry, Commanding District.
PILOT KNOB, MO., December 25, 1863.
G. A. HOLLOWAY,
Assistant Adjutant-General, District Headquarters:
Man just in from below reports that Major Wilson came in contact with Reves on the 25th instant, at Centreville, and captured his whole command. our loss 8 wounded and killed. Colonel Woodson, with 40 men, left yesterday morning to join Wilson.