HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CENTRAL MISSOURI,
Jefferson City, Mo., February 4, 1864.
Colonel JAMES MCFERRAN, Commanding Warrensburg, Mo.:
Following dispatch just received:
KANSAS CITY, February 4, 1864.
Brigadier-General BROWN, Jefferson City:
We have reliable information that a force of 300 guerrillas are in the Sni Hills. Todd is in command, intending a raid soon. Have sent out a force in pursuit. They are dressed in Federal uniforms and armed with new Sharps rifles.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
You will make the necessary disposition to co-operate with force sent in pursuit.
By order of Brigadier-General Brown:
JAMES H. STEGER,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,
Springfield, Mo., February 4, 1864.
COMMANDING OFFICER DETACH, SIXTH P. E. M. M.,
Near James Creek, in the Field:
The general commanding the district directs that you send three or four scouting parties of 15 men each, to scout south and south-east of Forsyth, Mo., as far as the mouth of Little Fork of White River, with instructions to disperse or capture any bands of the enemy in that section and to report to your headquarters the earliest date at which the White River can be forded, which information you will at once communicate to these headquarters.
W. D. HUBBARD,
First Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HICKMAN MILLS, February 4, 1864.
A. A. A. G., Dist., of the Border, Kansas City, Mo.:
SIR: In consequence of your order to me, and the reports of Captain Coleman in regard to the bushwhackers being in this vicinity in some force, and the exposed situation I occupy, and the small force at my command, I have taken the liberty of ordering that portion of my company that was at Little Santa Fe to this station for duty. As Company K is at that point it does not seem as though they were needed there half as much as here.
If agreeable, will you please approve the order and oblige, yours, respectfully,
L. D. JOY,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, February 4, 1864.
Brigadier-General CARLETON, Santa Fe, N. Mex.:
GENERAL: Judge Knapp, of New Mexico, in a communication to the Attorney-General, has complained among other things that under your authority military commissions in your department have