War of the Rebellion: Serial 062 Page 0130 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter XLVI.

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ROLLA, MO., January 22, 1864.

Major O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Reliable: Freeman is at Frederick's Fork, near Thomasville, with 400 men in camp and 1,200 enrolled to call upon when required. Our scout killed 1 of his lieutenants and 4 men near his camp. I want troops to clean them out.

THOMAS A. DAVIES,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CENTRAL MISSOURI,

Jefferson, January 22, 1864.

Major O. D. GREENE,

Asst. Adjt. General, Department of the Missouri:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that on the 19th instant I received the following dispatch from Lexington:

Kansas troops are in the country robbing the citizens of their property of every description. This company is under the command of Lieutenant Ridgway and has been stationed at Sibley.

R. C. VAUGHAN,

Brigadier-General, Enrolled Missouri Militia.

I immediately telegraphed Colonel McFerran at Warrensburg and Captain Meredith at Lexington to send a military force sufficient to arrest the parties, if possible and send them to these headquarters. Colonel McFerran telegraphs me that Ridgway was in Greenton Valley yesterday carrying on his depredations. If my troops fail in arresting him, I respectfully ask that he be ordered under arrest and sent to these headquarters. If a collision is brought on between and sent to these headquarters. If a collision is brought on between the Kansas and Missouri troops it will not be my fault, but it is time that an end was put to their robberies under the cloak of freeing negroes. If Kansas wants negroes I will send 500 women and children to that State in two days, as they are a great annoyance to me, and everybody want them removed. But they do not want them; they want the property the negroes carry off and the opportunity of taking it by coming into the State.

I am, very truly, your obedient servant,

E. B. BROWN,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CENTRAL MISSOURI,

Jefferson City, January 22, 1864

Major O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Saint Louis;

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that a body of about 50 men have made their appearance on the line of Jackson County, about 7 miles northwest of Chapel Hill, who are reported to belong to Blunt's and Todd's guerrilla bands. On the 16th they were pursued by a company of First Missouri State Militia and dispersed. Search was made for them on the 17th and 18th, but no trace could be found. I have reason to believe that these parties are from the Kansas border, and have personated Blunt's and Todd's bands.

I am, truly, your obedient servant,

E. B. BROWN,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.