SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 13, 1864.
Major O. D. GREENE,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Saint Louis, Mo.:
All the mail that left Saint Louis the morning of the 10th for this places was taken by a band of guerrillas near Waynesville yesterday morning. All orders and communications forwarded by that mail should be duplicated.
JOHN B. SNABORN,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI,
Springfield, February 13, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel BRUTSCHE, Commanding, Lebanon, Mo.:
COLONEL: The passengers arriving in the stage this morning inform me that the stage was robbed yesterday near Waynesville. I desire you to sent at least 60 men of your command east of the Gasconade and scout the country thoroughly on all sides of the stage road, moving into the region where the enemy are., I think that they would accomplish more by moving at least a portion of them on foot. Have them go prepared for a forty days' scout; let them draw their rations at the Gasconade. For the purpose of field operations, Captain Wilson will report to and receive orders from you. The section of country between the Gasconade and Waynesville must be cleaned out. Do it if you have to put a man under every bush.
JOHN B. SANBORN,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF KANSAS,
Fort Leavenwroth, February 13, 1864.
Major JOHN W. NOBLE:
SIR: The following letter is received from War Department:
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., February 4, 1864.
Major General S. R. CURTIS,
Commanding Department of Kansas, Fort Leavenworth, Kans.:
SIR: In reply to your letter of the 25th ultimo I am directed to inform you that their will be authority to relieve Major John W. Noble, Third Iowa Cavalry, from his present duties, and order him to rejoin his regiment.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
THOMAS M. VINCENT,
In accordance with the foregoing authority you are hereby directed to rejoin your regiment.
N. P. CHIPMAN,
Colonel and Chief of Staff.
Baton Rouge, La., February 14, 1864.
Captain N. F. CRAIGUE, Commanding Highland Stockade:
The general commanding directs that you capture all Vicksburg and Port Hudson prisoners who have been declared exchanged, and