We must clean them out here first, and then we will attend to east side of river afterward. I have no news. I captured the notorious bushwhacker Turpin to-day and 7 others.
R. R. LIVINGSTON,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, Saint Louis, Mo., January 9, 1864.
General EWING, Jr.,
Kansas City, Mo.:
The Second Colorado Cavalry will leave here day after to-morrow to occupy Jackson, Cass., and Bates Counties, Mo. If those men of that Kansas regiment have not yet left Kansas detain them, and give them orders in accordance with destination of regiment. If they have left send courier after them. Answer.
O. D. GREENE,
EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, January 9, 1864.
Hon. A. LINCOLN,
SIR: The Indian Bureau and ourselves, being desirous to consult with Major-General Blunt on the subject of moving the Kansas Indians to the Indian Territory and the early return of the refugees, do earnestly request that permission be granted General Blunt to visit Washington in compliance with his application now on file. General Blunt is not now in command; has been in service from the commencement of the war without intermission of application for leave of absence. All of which is respectfully submitted.
J. H. LANE.
A. C. WILDER.
I unite with General Lane and to Hon. A. C. Wilder in requesting permission for General Blunt to visit Washington.
W. P. DOLE,
Commissioner Indian Affairs.
JANUARY 9, 1864.
Let General Blunt have leave to come to Washington.*
BATON ROUGE, LA., January 10, 1864-10 a.m. [Received 10.30 a.m.]
Brigadier General C. P. STONE,
Chief of Staff:
Nothing of importance. The enemy said to have recrossed the Atchafalaya. The gun-boat Conestoga has returned up the river.
P. ST. GEO. COOKE,
*This permission telegraphed same day to General Blunt, Fort Smith, Ark.