War of the Rebellion: Serial 084 Page 0178 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

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SEDALIA, MO., July 13, 1864.

Captain J. H. STEGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Warrensburg:

At 9 a.m. to-day three miles north of Tipton, Captain Gregg robbed the express and passengers. He went north. His force variously estimated from thirteen to thirty. The operator at Tipton neglected this information. Should he not be dismissed? I could have intercepted these men had I been informed this morning. I have sent men from La Mine bridge through on their trail. Nothing else new.

GEO. H. HALL,

Colonel.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF NORTH MISSOURI,

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL,

Saint Joseph, Mo,. July 13, 1864.

Captain HOLLOWAY,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: I have information that last evening, within four miles of the city, Confederate scouts were taking horses. This morning they have shot and wounded one Union man, robbing him of horses and other property. The deputy sheriff was taken prisoner below the city to-day. There are rumors of other depredations. Yesterday a Confederate scout of thirty-six were east of Sparta. The troops of guns were heard in different directions seven miles below this city this forenoon. Circumstances show that a force of some kind is nearing us.

Yours, &c.,

J. M. BASSETT,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Provost-Marshal.

KANSAS CITY, July 13, 1864.

Major-General CURTIS:

Ogden starts immediately. Emilie just arrived. Will start in an hour. A very dark and rainy night has delayed us some.

J. H. FORD,

Colonel, Commanding Fourth Sub-District.

SAINT JOSEPH, MO,., July 13, 1864.

Major-General CURTIS:

Terrible storm this morning, which delayed us; 200 men well mounted left here at 9 o'clock under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Draper, Ninth Cavalry Missouri State Militia. He will report to you at Weston or by telegraph.

G. A. HOLLOWAY,

Assistant Adjutant-General

MACON, July 13, 1864.

General FISK:

The aggregate at the different posts is as follows: At Macon, 145; Sturgeon, 123; Glasgow, 158; Fulton, 62; Mexico, 20; Warrenton, 10; Paris, 10; Columbia, 16. About 100 of this number are inoculated with syphilis matter.

JOHN F. WILLIAMS.

Colonel, Commanding.